‘Winter – Water for Dry Land I’ by Stella Clarke.
Acrylic on Canvas, 180 x 120 cm, stretched, ready to hang.
These inland works arise from the position of Stella’s artspace, on acreage in Haddon in central Victoria, the old goldfields region or the Golden Plains Shire, just outside the fast-growing regional city of Ballarat. Blue Stone Cottage Studio is surrounded by beautiful gardens and bushland, which are a profound inspiration.
Stella walks out under the region’s big skies, along its tracks, through its bushland and fragrant eucalypts whenever possible. The changes in this distinctive landscape, after spring rain, through bright summer and into the lowering skies of autumn, all offer inspiration. It can also be a harsh landscape, with a fragile ecology.
Like much of Australia, it endures drought, flood and bushfires; but its beauty, its golden grasses, rich bird-life, teeming wildlife, and tracts of bushland are fascinating.