‘Escape’ is a part of a series of work I made during the Covid Lockdowns in Melbourne in 2020 and 2021. Painting and collaging the landscape became a form of escape from the sometimes distressing and very restricting situation we all found ourselves in during this period. Many of the pieces in this exhibition are based on landscapes I enjoyed on the hundreds of walks I undertook in local parks and remnant native bushland all within the mandatory five kilometres from home. It was a source of comfort and joy to watch this bushland change as the seasons rolled over again and again. Other pieces are based upon recollections of landscapes visited in better times. A time when we could escape the city and experience rural and bush settings miles from home and any thoughts of a pandemic.