A study into Don Binney's landscape and bird paintings, resulted in my own painting which by appropriating his style, is an attempt to join his conversation about landscape and identity.
At this stage I had been living in the Hawkes Bay for about 5 years. The landscape here is dry and bare, a stark contrast to the green, lush Eastern Bay of Plenty from where I come.
Will the Hawkes Bay ever be my home?
On a tractor trip out to the Cape Kidnappers, I reacted to the raw beauty of this landscape, and the birds relationship with it. The gannets are born with the knowledge that this is home. After migrating to Australia for their 'teenage' years, they return to the Cape, to settle down and raise a family.
Kind of like some people...
... home is where the heart is...