“I have spent many years looking up at the sky, tilting my head, squinting into the sun, working out how light and colour define clouds. This tilting motion gives me a sense of freedom and peace, with the knowledge that these are the same clouds everyone looks at... giggling in search of rabbits, scary giants or massive galleons, or looking into the sunset and taking stock at the end of the day.
I use cloudy weather patterns as a vehicle for emotion. At the base of some paintings there is a slither of landscape for scale, and they often include a pathway and trees to suggest an intimate story. These dark broody landscapes provide a ballast for a window of light, allowing the viewer to contemplate where the path leads, or what is over the horizon.
The local surrounds of the Yarra Valley are part of my inspiration. I recently worked on a series of paintings fierce with Prussian blue, Paynes grey and Midnight black. These works hint at a light known as the ‘magic hour’. I invite viewers into these crepuscular landscapes where night is either leaving the day or descending. Trees become individuals witnessing the sky in the gloaming.”
Amanda Ruck 2018