On the edge of Woods Lake


I sit on my paper quilt of patchwork blue. Dark shapes of Currawong, cloaked in grey and inky blackness, flash by.    Bathed in prussian blue and bright warm sunlight,

vitreous humor particles float around me.   It is summer.  I am still.

From deep within their forest place, the piping songs of the Currawongs

entwine with guitar and double bass.  ♫♪ﻬ ♫♪♭♫♪ﻬ ♫♪♫ ﻬ ♫♪♭♫♪♫♪ ♫♪♭♫♪

On the edge of Woods Lake, I hear music.


 My latest print series “On the Edge of Lake Woods, I hear music” is currently showing at Parnella Gallery, St Helens, Tasmania.   The work is part of an group exhibition “On the Edge” and showcases the work  of 6  Bruny Island Women – Janine Coombes, Kate Mills, Marlene Schmidt, Margaret Vandenberg, Barbara Tassell and Myself.      The body of work that I created for “On the Edge” consists of embossed Cyanotypes stitched together to form paper patchwork quilts and a collograph, Linocut, chine colle triptych.


Bruny Alphabet

I’ve had an insanely mad and productive, labour intensive  month or so creating 25 lino blocks for my ‘Bruny Alphabet’ series.    It has been in my head for a while and it’s great to see it finally manifest.  Every spare minute of my time I’ve been carving my lino blocks and proofing.   Many late nights and my 25 lino blocks are finished, printed and  my Bruny Alphabet is ready for framing.  

How lucky I am to call Bruny Island “home”.  It is such a privilege to be surrounded by the astonishing natural beauty of Bruny land and seascapes.  My Bruny Alphabet- a series of 25 lino prints is a celebration of the diverse and magnificent flora, fauna and marine life that also inhabit this little island at the bottom of the world.

A – Abalone, B – Brown tree frog, C – Chiton,  D – Dragonfly, E – Echidna, F – Forty Spotted Pardalote, G – Geese (the two white geese on the way to the ferry! ), H – Hobart Brown Butterfly, I – Isoodon Obesulus (Southern Brown Bandcoot),  J – Jack Jumper, K- Kelp gulls, L – Lissotes Menaclas (Mount Mangana Stag Beetle), M – Masked Owl, N – Nodding Greenhood Orchid, O – Oyster Catcher, P – Possum, Q – Quoll, R – Rabbit, S – Swift Parrot, T – Tasmanian Waratah, U – Urchin, V- Velvet Seastar, W – White Wallaby, X – Xanthorrehoea australis (grasstree), Y – Yellow sundial shell, Z – Zoothera Lunalata (Bassian Thrush)    

Each lino print is 15cm x 15cm, printed in rich black lithographic ink (ie: black with lots of blue mixed in to soften it) and printed with my etching press onto Canson Edition  250gsm, Antique white paper.

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