an artist’s interpretation of the astonishing range of colours seen in the
outback deserts of Australia.
been amazed by the visually impressive emission and absorption spectra
used in various scientific investigations, I deliberately chose a similar format
for my painting. I assembled the dominant and subsidiary colours seen in desert
environments in a studied and organised yet completely spontaneous and intuitive
impossible to reproduce all the features of a desert landscape in a painting: there are too
many inanimate objects like rocks and sand, also numerous plants, animals and
micro-organisms, dead and alive. However, it is possible to paint the
essential visual elements and create an overview of a desert
environment. To achieve this, in this artwork I found it necessary to simplify,
condense and assemble the characteristic colours that evoke the ‘feel’ of the
for painting two colour spectra with spectral lines
which complement each other: one warm and one cool, and each made up of
contrasting and harmonising colours. The result is a symbiotic diptych,
demonstrating a co-existence of opposites.
professional contemporary artist, I draw my inspiration not only from unspoilt Mother Nature,
but also from images scientists work with, such as photographs of galaxies,
celestial objects, refraction patterns, fractals and images seen under a
strongly believe in the fruitful interaction and cross-fertilisation of all
creative disciplines, including humanities, the arts, pure and applied science.
Ethically, the ultimate outcome of this process should be the wellbeing of all
peoples, maintaining a sustainable healthy environment, promoting peace on earth
and offering spiritual enlightenment to the individual!