When talking about her works, Mary Raphael explains that while she is influenced by landscape, she eschews depicting a particular site or place. Rather, Raphael re-imagines the landscape from her memory and aims to express the experience of the place, its unique local colours, and the varied terrain. As the title of the painting suggests, “Gold and Amber Shades” is executed in a delicate range of pale yellows, ochres, and oranges. The carefully applied passages of greys and blacks create the depth of vision and perspective. The ghostly outlines of vegetation introduce a sense of elegant movement to convey peace and calm within the painting. The complex layering of pigments creates a gentle undulation on the surface of the canvas and conveys the landscape’s textured terrain.
The exhibition is current until June 25. View the exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/mary-raphael-the-journey-2016.html