Created over a two year period Sarah McDonald’s latest body of work was inspired by treks she made along the Heysen Trail in South Australia.
Not only did McDonald raise money for the Jody Lee Foundation but she was also inspired to produce this body of work. “I often see colours in the landscapes that others may not,” explains McDonald. “My aim is to capture both time and place while evoking an emotional response from the viewer as they re-tell their own story.”
The landscapes are in McDonald’s signature style of vibrant colours McDonald applied with a palette knife to create texture and vibrancy. “I make my entire painting using palette knives. My knives enable me to push thick oil paint around the canvas and build the layers creating a rich tactile painting that people just want to touch.”
Also included in the exhibition are works inspired from travels around the Mid North of South Australia. “I’m drawn to the unique bare hills of Burra and the ever-changing colours. It is the light at different times of the day that touches the creamy carpet like hills with a sense of warmth that I find comforting.”