Brumby is one of those unprecedented paintings that evolved into something special. I love the process of creating without any preconceived notions of how the piece will finish. My initial inspiration for this piece is drawn from my strong familiarity and childhood nostalgia growing up with horses.
My initial inspiration began with my own stock horse grazing in the paddock outside my studio – a moment captured, in his tranquil space. I began with a series of loose charcoal sketches that embody the essence of his character filling me with a quiet sense of familiarity. Moving to the canvas next, I began working up the background over the weeks, building the fiery red landscape. Every mark and stroke that flow onto the canvas was almost an act of second nature, starting with the first few lines that give a glimpse, an impression of his shape and before I knew it, I was absorbed in this style and finished him in one sitting.
LIKE A GOOD BOOK THAT YOU JUST CAN’T PUT DOWN, ONCE I HAD MY COLOURS ON THE PALETTE, I DIDN’T WANT TO STOP. THE LINES AND MARKS TOOK CONTROL OF THE CANVAS AND HE EMERGED BEFORE MY EYES — A LOOSE FIGURE, AN INTERPRETATION OF THIS BEAUTIFUL GENTLE BEING.
The finishing touch for me was the thick impasto white, which sat behind him symbolising the purity of his calm and innocent nature. Brumby’s journey did not stop here, this piece has been a feature piece in a Double Bay Exhibition, a finalist in the Fishers Ghost Award before finally residing on a rural farm in NSW.