Working the Field
Progress of a painting
I've painted rural scenes for the last few years now, beginning with
Brothers which is in the John Deere art collection in Illinois.
up around farms, my parents always had small blocks, dad and I always
doing various tasks together. It's a time and place where people really
form a bond I think. An environment that most New Zealanders have been
lucky to be connected to in some way.
I love the way this subject was captured by
Millet, Van Gogh, Bernard, Gauguin. The shape created by a person
working the land in this way is very strong yet humble. Another
inspiration for this work is the fields near the Papamoa hills here in
the Western Bay of Plenty, which to me look quite European with the
furrows and poplar trees. I've always intended to photograph this,
never take my camera with me! But I have seen it enough times to
remember what I like about it.
Working the Fields is quite an
accomplishment to me. It's very New Zealand, yet it could be anywhere.
Something I often set out to capture in my work, and I think in this
case have achieved.
View the progress of this painting below
which I began on Monday April 20th 2009 and completed 10 days later.