Linden Lamb (2020)
The Linden Lamb is a delicate rendering of a lamb, or baby sheep. I have used a layering technique of ink, watercolour, wet and dry graphite, and transparent gesso. The layers are gradually built to create a soft and sensitive portrait of a lamb. This lamb represents the new-born babies that my father would bring into our farm kitchen when they had been rejected by their mothers. We had an old wood stove, and my father would set up a small pen for the lambs in front of the stove to keep them warm and alive. The small curls of wool on the neck of this lamb reminds me deeply of the feeling of their skin and how it moved against their little bony bodies when I cuddled them.
I grew up on a mixed farm, until I went to high school aged 11 in the Wimmera district in Victoria Australia. At high school, unable to timetable both Art and Math, I studied the latter by correspondence in the school library. I was not very disciplined and spent most of my time looking through Art books. Later, I completed a Diploma in Fine Art (Painting), and a Graduate Diploma (Sculpture). Wanting to travel, I gained further qualifications in teaching, linguistics, and languages.
My work is largely auto-biographical and incorporates elements of my history and my future goals – even before I am consciously aware of these goals or historical references myself. I am currently drawing with a variety of mark-making media, and painting in both acrylic and oils.
I believe that practice, and physiological and mental predispositions, combined with life and incidental circumstances, confirm the direction and so-called talent of any individual. As humans who have evolved and endured, we sought patterns in nature which helped our species to survive. Now we revive those patterns in our culture. We see relationships everywhere; in nature, mathematics, science, storytelling, music and in the visual arts etc. We often are unconsciously aware of these patterns.