This series of works are based on a painting trip to Cockatoo Island in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Myself and 2 painter friends, Carla and Jo, camped on the island so we did plenty of sketching and night drawing. We had signed up for a weekend run by NAS (the national art school) and received some positive feedback and invaluable guidance from Euan McLeod.
Carla and I moved constantly from one vantage point to the next and went on a 2nd reconaissance trip when we were feeling a little studio-fatigued. Jo had done a great series of prints and drawings. The island has a wonderful history from convict buildings to disused ship building facilities. Old machinery, tunnels and crazy bird life meant we had more than enough material to produce work for the exhibition held at Shoalhaven City Gallery in 2009. We called the exhibition 3 Birds and a Cockatoo.