Description This set of 3 paintings (Gnarly Reach,I II and concept) was inspired by a particularly gnarly old tree we discovered at the water's edge when stomping through the wetlands at Erskine, Mandurah on the Peel Inlet in Western Australia. We named the stretch of water Gnarly Reach.
We are both award-winning artists but with very different styles, Debra doing mainly traditional pastels and watercolors while Chris does mainly contemporary mixed media and digital art. Despite these differences, we also produce collaborative work where we both work on the same canvas at the same time. These artworks tend to be mixed media on gallery linen - the fusion of our own individual styles produces complex works with an interesting interplay of colour, media and texture.
We are most often inspired by abstract patterns in nature, a principal focus of interest being intriguing waterways and wetlands where we often visualise the vegetation as textiles.
We are both keen photographers and spend countless hours researching the wetland reserves in different seasons, tides, time of day, weather conditions, absorbing the different moods whilst finding ourselves constantly drawn to a few common threads – the layered landscape, the encroaching development, the colours and textures of the vegetation, the magic reflections and patterns of wind and currents on the water, and always the amazing birdlife.