I love rocks. Ever since doing geology at school they have captivated me. Rocks and trees bind me to this earth.
I came across this massive granite boulder balancing on a large granite platform driving through the winding roads of the Pyalong area of Victoria. I was in absolute awe of its majesty; humbled. For an artist who finds that rocks everywhere are spellbinding in their age, their weathering and their positions of calm in the landscape, I knew I had to try to express through my art my feelings of wonder. The tree; two actually, one growing from a crack in the rock, the other spreading like a protective canopy its trunk obscured. The shadows give a gentleness belying the massive size of the boulder giving rise to this painting’s name.
The frame of this artwork matches the frame of “Gnarled Survivors Pyalong landscape I”.
About the Artist
Chrissie Lloyd studied with Pamela Fairburn, a noted Sydney watercolourist and also with the late Arthur James, an artist of international repute in life drawing. For six years Chrissie studied portraiture both in oils and charcoal with renowned portrait artist Yve Close, also life drawing and sculpture with Alan Somerville for four years.
Chrissie has attended many workshops and tutorials with well known Australian & New Zealand artists including Bernhardine Mueller (master printmaker) and Patrick Carroll (multi-award winning Australian landscape artist) whose approach in both the physical and spiritual sense has influenced my use of acrylic and the way I “feel and see” the landscape. No matter how widely I travel the Australian landscape has my heart.