My oil paintings reference my connection to Tasmania’s island environment. I have always lived within sight of the sea or the Derwent River. I took my first steps on a beach and Tasmania’s east coast is a favourite family destination. When I am near water, I feel a distinct sense of settling into myself: a shifting of concerns into something manageable. My connection to the water leads me to contemplate my life on our planet; I like to think that particular patches of Tasmania’s environment may appear to be just as they were before human-kind existed.