Cyclone Fehi was unforgettable. A month later I photographed a nikau grove at Punakaiki that had been flooded by Fehi salt water. The unthinkable had happened; mature palms were bent horizontal, twisted and dying.
One of these nikau is included in this oil painting as I continue to work with the theme of ‘Theatre Country’; nature and culture, environment and artifice, inviting pathetic fallacy onto the canvas. Any excuse to indulge in the thrilling struggle to cobble together a composition with the poke and hope of managing colour, form and space.