Mixed Media on Canvas 

106 X 80cm 


The battlefield at the beginning and end of conflict… 

So eerie…so lonely 

Unknowing of what is to come 

Imbued with its own memories 


Yet holding together  

As the landscape will always tell 

The stories of courage and  

Camaraderie even in darkness 


My work Darkness is about the physical environment of the Gallipoli conflict, the unfamiliar landscape and a sense of foreboding. It is empty…almost…and dark on arrival and withdrawal. 

In the abstract, it portrays arrival and withdrawal and not the bit in between. The likely emotions at those crucial times hit hard: loneliness, apprehension, and the immediate legacy of the conflict in its many forms: all driven by courage and loyalty and love of country. The empty landscape will always tell the many stories.