I have been working on this painting, trying to capture some of the features I find incredibly beautiful in stately mature trees. It is one of several recent works developed with the intention of reflecting or attributing a sense of value to the subject, the subject being plants, and more specifically native flora.
Titles for works come from many ideas and experiences. When I started thinking about concepts for my upcoming exhibition 'Plant-Life', one thought was how to represent plants in a way that reflected a sense that they are valuable. I thought about what is considered valuable today, some images of advertising in glossy magazines and marketing of 'desirable' or must have items came to mind. Could stately trees be the bling of the future? Would that be a good or a bad thing?
Thinking of trees in terms of diamonds brought back memories of my first job after leaving school. I worked in a large family run jewellers upstairs in Bourke Street, Melbourne. With around thirty staff it wasn't your everyday chain store type jeweller. I can still recall my amazement at the volume of jewellery sold. Were diamonds really rare? I am drawing a large loop of thoughts here, but diamonds are carbon compressed over millennium. I guess I'm more a tree person these days.