Scenic Rim (61 x 46 cm)
As a skydiver and resident, the artist spent time in the Scenic Rim in SE Qld. He took time to observe the beautiful hues of the mountains, and recreate them on his canvas. The artist loved colour, and he used a very colourful palette for this painting, similar to the modern Fauve artists.
As a composition choice, he applied the ‘rule of thirds’ to the canvas and used the horizontal format. The mountain peak has been placed near one of the four ‘eyes’ of the canvas, and the viewer’s eye is drawn to it.
The bright, golden foreground is in contrast to the ploughed, brown paddock. This rich tone, in conjunction with the softly blended colour of the sky and clouds results in an illusion of visual depth.
The artist paid attention to detail in the central, yellow-green sections of the painting. He used small, coloured, flat brush strokes to represent nesting farm buildings.
This is a harmonious painting where cool and warm colours have been carefully arranged in the composition. The mood is relaxing and one can almost see the mist gathering in the mountains.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed.)