Description The original arwork is a 2 Panel Mixed Media on gallery linen, total size 153 x 122 cm (60 x 48 inches) and is available for sale for $4,000 Australian dollars.
For those who only venture out in the summer months in Mandurah they wouldnt know what they are missing and would be surprised at how beautiful the wetlands can be in the winter. You have to time it just right and what would normally seem almost dead or lifeless in the summer months transforms between May and July with a flourish of pinks and greens and tinges of orange and purple. The Samphire, it is an important food source and comes in many varieties and is found along the swampy edges of the estuaries, rivers and lakes.
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.