THE landscape of Central Queensland has many different geological and geographical features and artist Sarah Larsen has become very familiar with and greatly inspired by them.
The sandstone formations are artworks in their own right, providing defined patterns in the view with ever-changing colours according to the light or the mineral-rich soils that allow her farm to produce wheat.
All of this influences life in many ways and Larsen imparts these aspects of the landscape in her paintings.
There is definite energy in the images, born of the passion Larsen carries for her region and the way she paints, so that she conveys feeling in the colours and textures.
She has never been intimidated by a medium and chooses according to what will best achieve the desired result, so that a painting may contain chips of stone or leaf skeletons.
Examples of these can be enjoyed throughout the month of May at Art on Cairncross.
Dry Horizons is a collection of artworks in which Larsen shows how even a seemingly harsh landscape has integral beauty and intrigue, if you take a second look.
Looming rain clouds bring great hope and potential joy, not just for the farmers, but also for the very earth itself, awaiting a new beginning. The play of light across sun-baked stones is portrayed so well that it makes the heat almost visible. The air of promise in the painting Flood Tide Receding is a reminder that last year, whole communities were willing dry days to actually return.
Having lived in this environment for many years, Larsen knows the moods of the land all too well and how they can be forever changing, but also that there is always something more ahead on the horizon.
Larsen always has plenty to look forward to, as she often travels across the country tutoring and exhibiting when time permits, or she can be found in her studio with bird songs or the wind gently rustling gum leaves in the background as she works.