I was invited to participate in the Kedumba Drawing Award 2020. Below is my submitted statement.

When I look at a Casper David Friedrich landscape painting, there is a sense that both landscape and the figure within, are the best of friends - an endearing bond immortalised by Friedrich’s brush. That sense is the thing that I as an artist, yearns for as I sit and draw the landscape. To understand the challenges that the landscape throws in front of me, resolving the collaboration of light, depth, form and space, subtle interrogation motivates me to bring my friendship with the landscape closer.

I truly believe that in drawing, the strength or weakness of any mark is not so much the mark itself, but how that mark is placed within its surrounding environment.

I guess in a way, I am that mark, inspired by friendship to explore, understand and celebrate the surrounding landscape.

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