Russell Falls: Mt Field National Park, Tasmania
Reduction Lino Cut in Oil
Edition Size: 8
Image Size: 83 x 110 cm
Paper Size: 100 x 130 cm
Paper Type: Fabriano Artistico
Winner of Robin Hood Award, and People’s Choice Award 2nd Place:
Rotary Club of Hobart Art Show, 2021
Winner of People’s Choice Award:
Art Society of Tasmania Annual Exhibition, 2021
Signed and numbered on the front
Russell Falls: Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, is a hand printed reduction linocut in oil inks, on Fabriano Artistico paper.
Earlier this year I visited Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park, Tasmania. It is a short walk from the visitors’ centre, following the river through rainforest surrounded by moss-covered ground and light filtering through the high trees. The track opens out at the base of the cascading tiers of Russell falls – probably the most photographed falls in Tasmania. This is for good reason as it is truly beautiful, and on this occasion I was lucky enough to see it to full effect after recent rainfall.
This artwork is a celebration of the movement of water through landscape – depicted through its journey from highland rainfall, down tiered cascade falls, and eddying through the rocky bed of Russell Falls Creek. The water flow is the life blood of the ecosystem; nurturing and sustaining all life connected to it. I am frequently drawn to the complexities of moving water as my choice of subject matter, and am fascinated by the way that water takes on its substance from the colours and forms around it, integrating the surrounding landscape into itself. A key challenge for this artwork was to convey a sense of dynamic motion and downward flow in the water using the dominant white areas of pattern. These patterns depict how both the path and speed of the water is dictated by the rock forms, and the force of gravity that propels it.
This artwork represents a place that is constantly changing, yet retains a sense of steady timelessness.
Go to my Studio Blog page to see details on how this artwork was made: