The original "Drover's Wife" was painted by Australian artist Russell Drysdale in 1945. It depicts a typical "outback' scene - a flat, barren, drought ravaged landscape - featuring a plainly dressed woman, the drover's wife. I find resonance with the arid, red dust immensity so typical of outback Queensland and I used Drysdale's imagery as a tribute both to him and the tough unyielding peoples of those times. Droving huge herds south is still a regular practice, though infinitely easier than it once was.
October 2021 - Acrylics and ink on oiled board approx 910 x 610mm