In April 2015, I was made a short trip to China. On my return I was writing an article for the Chinese Art Society of Australia’s magazine, all the while drifting away on lots of tangents, and wondering how this fascinating journey would eventually manifest in my own art.
One discovery I made whilst away, and that really appealed to my sense of mythic narrative, is that the ancient Chinese believed that they are descendants of the Dragon, legendary creatures symbolizing potent powers. In regards to ying and yang a dragon is yang and compliments the yin which in Chinese is the phoenix. When I returned to my painting studio in Hobart I could imagine the ‘Hidden Dragon’ in this work.