Sometimes it’s good to shake things up a bit by working with some different formats and techniques.  In recent months I ventured into some new art-making territory – hand-tinted drypoints, monoprints, and also – thanks to a workshop with Pia Larsen at Newcastle Printmaking Workshop – relief printing and collage.

The newly completed folding book ‘Thicket’ (2023, 30 x 95 cm, ink on paper) expresses reverence for a tangle of trees close to my home on Worimi land near Bulahdelah, N.S.W. It is a meditation on the patterns made by sunlight on trunk, branch and leaf.

The two Gore Cove Track (25 x 15 cm) works pictured below were completed in 2022. They are one-off hand-tinted drypoints. They both feature plants that have managed to grow in an old wall alongside a walking track on Gadigal land near Wollstonecraft on Sydney’s lower North Shore. Such places are precious and the result of concerted action by local communities, conservationists and land care enthusiasts.