Artists take their inspiration from many sources. With instinctive as well as learned skills, plus imagination, they are able to translate these sources into works of art that in turn can inspire others.
Artists Margaret Cromb, Jean Bohuslav and Lin Quaife, all exhibiting at Falkner Gallery, are excellent examples of this. Each is passionate about and committed to her own philosophy and influences. The results of each are quite different but are equally inspiring to others.
An avid and involved environmentalist, MARGARET CROMB has concentrated on the Australian bushlands in her many solo exhibitions over the years. This exhibition ‘Grounded’ –Watercolours, Woodcuts and Collages - details her personal response to the Central Victorian environment which she has explored keenly since her move to Castlemaine three years ago. Leaves, bark, seeds and other ground litter are collaged onto handmade paper, giving an actual, permanent slice of the bush. Her watercolours are literal translations of the district’s open spaces, waterways, country roads and rocky hills, and her woodcuts, with their numerous colour layers, capture seasonal changes in various local locations.
She writes: I am trying to express the importance of our connection with the earth, how critical it is to our existence, to our happiness.”