Early Austrailan artist influences.

Antoine Fauchery (1823-1861)
Traveller and photographer of colonial exploits including prospectors in North Queensland. La Trobe collection, state library of Victoria.

James Freeman (1814-1870) Professional photographer and experimentor in medium.

John Glover (1767-1849) Early depictions of Australian bushland.

Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) Drawings of Australian birds.

G.F. Gregory (1824-1887) high key paintings

E.J. Lukes (1839-1864) History painter, arrival of Burke and Wills as Flinders River.

How early Australian artist photographers’ influenced my style?

Early photographers in particular Antoine Fauchery resonate with the project of social documentary . It was experiment and social documentation that set the social within the environment. He captured the activity of miners jostling over gold along the Palmer river in the Colony of Queensland. However it was James Freeman that experimented with the chemical nature of photography. Chemical use of various resins enables variations to emerge as a form of perspective. So for example building up layers of resin gives a magnification of the underlying image.

How early Australian artist naturalists influence my style?

Elizabeth Gould drawings of Australian birds influenced Australian artists, and acted as a forerunner for many enthusist bird photographers. The similarity with such early illustrators of fauna and flora are though photogrphic images. The images are place through illustratior making an image trace. The process of photography then posses the main challange as well as how to then portray the depiction.

Australian bird in flight
The same image but an image trace

The act of wondering into the wilderness.

E.J. Lukes typified the wondering character of early colonial explorers who documented characters like Burk and Wills fated expidition. What lies at the edge of house? This is a question that drives a good portion of my act practice. It links to the early exponents of visual and textual representation of reality. Australian art history is littered with examples of Australian artists as painters capturing pastorial scenes.