For the second time I was a finalist in the prestigious Glover Art Prize, Australia’s richest annual art award for landscape art. To say it was an honour is an understatement, it was much more than that. Gaining recognition in one of your country’s most noted art awards one of the greatest honours an artist can receive and it is one that I will always treasure. Being chosen for the second time was even more special for me than the first. I have entered this award 8 times, but I persisted and it paid off!
Preparing the Table (Cape)
Coloured pencil on pastel board
139 x 89cm
Named by Mathew Flinders in 1798, Table Cape was first settled and developed in the 1820s. This large 160 metre flat-topped plateau is an extinct volcano. Almost all of the volcanic ash deposits have gone and the plateau is now composed of rich, deep red fertile soils that encourage a broad range of agricultural activities.
Close-on two centuries of farming practice has resulted in the land being (mathematically) divided; this respect for the location and its fertility result in reliable annual bursts of colour and seasonal mark-making; a marriage between natural and man-made design.
It’s late Spring, and the annual tulip quilt has almost disappeared. Nearby fields have been prepared; many have already been sown.
This rich ‘slice’ of Tasmania will soon see food appear on its ‘table’.
My entry was the only one in coloured pencil and one of the few under glass. As with all major art awards the ‘idea’ is what it’s all about; the medium must suit the message. I enjoyed the challenge of creating this drawing and have already embarked on another that I hope will be suitable for entry in next year’s prize.