Description 'Layered Landscape' is an acrylic based mixed media triptych by Chris Marshall and Debra Scidone (Exponential Expressions). The original artwork is for sale for $4,500 Australian dollars. It consists of 3 panels, each is 1.2 m x 400mm (48 x 16 inches) giving a total size approximately 1.2m square.
This artwork was always going to be created in mixed media; thats the way we visualised it that first day. We were enthralled by the Layered Landscape that we saw in our minds eyes the first time that we walked the Len Howard Nature trail at Erskine.
It was at low tide on a sunny winter day; the sign said two hours but it took us five, we stopped so many times! We mused about our planned triptych, talking stripes, colours and textures. We saw straight away that we could use a variety of materials. We would not seek realism but rather to exaggerate our impressions the colourful stripes fading into the distance, the textural appearance of the wind on the water, the gnarled trees in the distance, the exposed mudflats themselves and the vague shapes of the birds that inhabit the inlet. Above all, we would strive to convey the feeling of inner peace and the wonder of being there.
The triptych soon took on a life of its own and we allowed it to evolve; a true collaboration that is entirely different to our individual works
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.