I’m excited that my tryptich, ‘three days after we said goodbye #5-7’, has been selected as a finalist for the GreenWay Art Prize. ‘This annual exhibition, now in its 10th year, celebrates the precious urban green corridor in Sydney’s Inner West across galleries in Leichhardt, Dulwich Hill and Bankstown’. It’s the perfect venue for a work centred on the Cook’s River and dedicated to my father, Mervyn Murchie, an environmentalist whose last teaching position prior to retirement was Dulwich High.

The artist statement that accompanies the work reads: ‘Three days later after my father’s funeral, walking along the banks of the Cook’s River, I was struck by the play of light and shadow in the mangroves. I chose to work with just one visual image from that walk, completing this work over consecutive days. Life goes on after the death of a loved one, but in another sense time has stopped. This picture is dedicated to Mervyn Murchie (July 12, 1927- May 31, 2019)’.

Come to the opening of the exhibition on October 31 (6-8 pm) at Art Est. Art School and Gallery (4/67-69 Lords Rd, Leichhardt NSW), or see the show there until 19 November. From 25 November till 30 December the show moves to Seaview Gallery (Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design) and it’s at Bankstown Art Centre from 14  December until 30 January 2020.