Well I had no idea that the backpacker would emerge in this painting and that is part of the magic of the intuitive process.
Starting off with the building up of layers of acrylic in a variety of marks and colours as I have been doing for much of this year it was a surprise but certainly testament to how this process utilises the subliminal.
The figure was not initially a backpacker – she was going to be a tribal goddess with a fantastical palmtree headdress. But then I saw a shape that started to come out at me that was her backpack.
The headdress has become a symbol for the way travel opens up new worlds and colours. The merging of the figure into the landscape is a metaphor for blending in to new environments. The backpack is covered in little symbols representing sites and experiences – a rich bag filled with memories.