Sketching in Mt Field
Exhibiting in Upside at Side Gallery, Red Hill | December 2021
These images and works are the story of a three week sketching trip into the alpine areas of Mt Field National Park in November. Instead of her usual quick sketches, Adrienne found herself documenting moments in detail. She was often alone on ridgetops watching spectacular variations in weather roll toward her as Tasmania experienced a wild and wet spring.
One night she went to bed with rain falling on the roof. Waking at midnight, she stepped outside into complete silence, and a thick blanket of snow. She embarked on small works with white gouache in an attempt to capture that moment of wonder, and hopes to bring those moments to larger canvasses over the following months.
Adrienne first visited Tasmania and Mt Field in 1993 and fell just a little bit in love with all of it. She has been visiting the Tasmanian outdoors ever since. The alpine areas has especially captivated her. The flora is unique to Tasmania, yet connected through plant families to other continents and the Australian mainland.
After a 2019 sketching trip to Mt Field she developed a new body of work about the Tasmanian snow gums and the high moor plants, shown in the exhibition Landscapes in Isolation in early 2021.