In The Long Grass

My mother and step-father recently made a huge decision and moved from their seaside house in the Northern beaches of Sydney, to the remote, largish small, mildly cosmopolitan railway town of Cootamundra, some 4.5 hours drive from decent Lebanese or Japanese food.

I decided to paint this picture for them as a housewarming, but also as an excuse to try and capture the light and haze of the Australian outback.

And so now, as they try and negotiate the most poisonous snakes Australia has to offer in the summer, and battle the nighttime subzero temperatures of a Cootamundra winter, as only 2 people who have never chopped wood can, i rest safe in the knowledge that this image will hang on their wall wall as a reminder of how rediculous it could all seem…