Cathy McClelland – Landscape Bird & Wildlife Artist
My paintings are creative narratives that explore my emotive responses to the landscape and my experiences within it. I love the wildlife, the chaos of the bush and the vast outback panoramas. My generational connection to the land adds layers of history and culture that are intricately woven together within my art. My experience of living on the land enables me to create evocative paintings where I search for a spiritual way of being able to share the richness of our unique country, our way of life and connection with the land.
Being inspired by such great artists as J. M. W. Turner & Robert Bateman, my work is quintessentially about trying to capture the poetic subtleties of the light and the beauty of the moment. Although my paintings vary in style and subject the underlying concept remains the same, I am exploring that particular moment in time through the essence of who I am, negotiating different ways to find the poetry and truth in the subject. This process enables me to connect on a deeper level where I can tease out the individual likeness of what I see: exploring marks, colour and texture to bring the subject to life.