91.5 x 45.7 cm | Oil on Canvas | Framed
The high country of Australia has always affected me powerfully. I feel something visceral in the ancient, glaciated landscape and the lonely windswept hills. No steep, rugged rocky slopes here, instead an understated elemental beauty of the twisted snow gums, the low-growing wiry herbs and shrubs, the icy-cold water in the spring-fed soaks, the summer flowers, and the solidity of the granite outcrops. I have tried to picture all these facets in this painting based loosely on the view from near the Charlotte's Pass viewpoint, towards the highest peaks in the range, with remnant summer show on Kosciuszko itself, just peeking over the distant hills. I composed it around the sliver of the Summit Track in the middle distance, acting as a pointer to the final destination. The unique rustic frame was crafted from Brigalow wood slab off-cuts, with free-form edges following the profile of the tree. Despite the wood being from sub-tropical Queensland, this rugged all-Australian frame seemed perfectly appropriate to this alpine landscape.