Forest Lady (45 x 61 cm)
This mysterious, partly ‘abstract’ forest lady fits into several art categories. The question is, ‘Why is she hiding behind the gum tree and afraid to look at the light?’
The artist placed the forest lady just off centre and her grasp on the tree helps give a sense of balance to the composition.
He chose blue and red violet colours, along with ghost gum white, as the dominant colours in the foreground of this painting, and yellow-green, (one of his favourite combinations), for most of the background colours. The pink and rose tints, and smooth brushstrokes on the tree, reflect soft light and gentle energy. Rows of cool green and yellow grass form a line of light in the middle section and give distance to the forest.
The artist often chose to work with pink and rose tints throughout his career, and Forest Lady gives the viewer insight into one of his gentle, soft moments, of which he had many.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown, probably later career. (Cleaned and framed. Slight enhancement.)