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Often I revisit a place in order to further explore other aspects of that landscape or to elaborate on a theme or to create a series. For me it's all about getting intimate with place.
In order to do this I end up spending a lot of time just sitting or walking and of course sketching a particular landscape and generally just tuning in. I believe that country is sentient and if you listen close enough you'll hear Her speak.
I'd even go so far as to say that certain places ask to be painted or even written about. In the same way as a person would commission an artist to paint a portrait . And so quite often I've found myself whilst on a painting trip taking a detour thereby gathering landscape commissions along the way.
As for the artworks, my pastels are usually started on site but always completed away from the place. I do this for 2 reasons. The practical one is that under hot conditions both I & the pastels have a tendency to melt and secondly when I'm away from the subject I reflect upon what feelings and memories I retain. As for my oil paintings they are always done in the studio where I draw upon the sketches and also reflect and visualize being back out there.
Aside from painting I also have an interest in the psychology of CG Jung, Eastern Philosophies, comparative mythology, shamanism, poetry and literature. I have a particular penchant for American Nature Writers especially Linda Hogan, Barry Lopez and Terry Tempest Williams. I've no doubt that these interests also inform the way I create my artworks.
Barry Lopez writes: "To read the newspapers today, to merely answer the phone, is to know the world is in flames."
So I feel it's important, crucial and urgent to engage with landscape. There is a mystery present in it. And more than likely also our salvation.
Barry Lopez: The Naturalist Vintage Lopez ( 2004)
Roland's artworks are to be found in corporate, private & overseas collections.
pastel artworks included in
Luminous Colour by Linda Hibbs (Indah Creations)
50 Australian Pastels Artists
Macquarie University Art Gallery
Interior Journeys; Solo exhibition
Links House in conjunction with The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral
dinner event: Landscape as the Beloved
the artist in discussion with Poet Mark Tredinncik and cultural critic/author Prof Deborah Bird Rose
Solo Exhibition “3 States”
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth NSW
Christmas Group Show”
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth NSW
Images & text included on
Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute Website
for Stories of the Blue Mountains
Red Earth Country
The Milk Factory Gallery
The Milk Factory Gallery Bowral NSW
ARTWORK FEATURED IN MAGAZINE
WORLD LITERATURE TODAY
To illustrate an essay by Poet Mark Tredinnick
JULY- AUGUST 2007
HATHILL GALLERY BLACKHEATH
BRANCHING OUT: STORIES OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
HOSTED BY BLUE MOUNTAINS WORLD HERITAGE INSTITUTE
BY INVITATION ONLY
L&S GALLERY BATHURST
2001 WORKS ON SHOW AT LILIANFELS KATOOMBA
2001 ARTWORKS ON CONSIGNMENT WITH
DISCOVER ART AUSTRALIA
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
2000 WORKS ON SHOW AT
GALLERY ON LURLINE KATOOMBA
Working on site at Arkaroola, South Australia