A Tale Or Two From Pontville

studio gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart 2018

DEVIL ALARM

NED AT THE WINDOW

DODGER
SUBURBAN HARE

PONTVILLE DREAMING

FERAL CAT
RAINY DAY PONTVILLE
Apiculatum Spring 2019

My first impression of this place was windy and uninviting, how can anything grow here, the soil full of rocks, grass over a meter that grew thick and their seed heads constantly picked out of our socks and boots. The fine red soil stained and blew in everywhere.

It took time to appreciate this environment and discover its secrets.
My friend and I looked after a small house in the middle of 5 acres in the lower midlands for 5 years.
Adjacent to the property is a native grass and wildflower reserve and below runs the Jordan river. I went for many walks and observed the colours change over the seasons. Kangaroo grass for example, when young is a fresh light green with burgundy tips, as it ages the colours turn to hues of light gold and cream, bronze and copper, eventually turning grey.

It was beautiful to see the cycle of the wildflowers from season to season and how even on the bleakest of winter days or in the windy dry hot summers, there was always something interesting going on.
Our garden and orchard brought in all types of birdlife and larger animals, visiting pademelons, hares, and eastern barred bandicoots, Tasmanian devils, blue tongue lizards, echidnas, and wombats all ventured past our front door.
PONTVILLE MORNING HARES
UNDER THE BURSARIA SPINOSA
PIMELEA HARE
PLOVER REPEAT PATTERN
COCKATOO SORTIE
THE GRIEF OF PLOVERS
THE CHICKEN WHISPERER

WHITE COCKATTOS

HERE, HARE, HERE
WINTER
BLACKBIRD IN MULBERRY
GOLDEN HARE
FUNGII#2
PONTVILLE MUSE
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