The Farmer's Daughter (2020)
The Farmer's Daughter is a self portrait. This drawing has had two metamorphoses during the layering process of building the drawing. I started this drawing a couple of months before posting it here. But came back to it recently after working on some other drawings of sheep. The techniques that I learnt through the process of experimentation with these sheep drawings have been applied here on The Farmer's Daughter. That is the beauty of art, we continually grow as observers and as creators, so long as we maintain and continue to build on our observation and creative practices.
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and incorporates elements of my history and my future goals – even before I am consciously aware of these goals or historical references myself.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.