The first time I visited Australia was nearly 30 years ago, before I began painting landscapes. I was a student studying the effects of tribal warfare on land use as part of my geography degree, and I was on my way to Papua New Guinea. It was during this time that I learned that the landscape was much more than just physically determined: that it had a whole other dimension, influenced by the culture and beliefs of the people inhabiting it, and that this was essential to understanding the geography of a place.

The second time, in 2000, was mainly a trip east and south and then a big trek back ...


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