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SUSAN BAIRD All Around Me / 15 October – 2 November 2019


The landscape in Hill End is a paradox of native Eucalypts, Ghost Gums and introduced trees like Hawthorn and Elm that were brought here during the gold rush and have since self sown. Hill End also has an abundance of fruit trees that were planted generations ago. Many of these trees exist where dwellings used to be and represent the footprint of this town. Our house, Bowmans Cottage, had an orchard running through it and I’ve been told there was an apple called the Bowman Apple. I find it fascinating to reflect upon how this town is is shaped by the trees and plants which create an almost mystical landscape that is transporting to another time. Hill Ends light never ceases to amaze and delight me as it filters through the crevasses of time. The paintings in this body of work ‘All Around Me’ were made from life through a window or en plein air very close to our house observing how this landscape interrelates and bears witness to the past .

My painting is a direct response to this landscape and my unseen connection to it and untangling its unique poetic beauty has given form to this recent body of work. Being still and observing gradual changes carries me into the painting and the seasons provide endless colour combinations. Although I am primarily an en Plein air painter, my studio at Bowmans Cottage is in the original old hay shed. It is joined to our house down a long hallway and has a wonderful ambience that connects to my paintings and every window tells a story. Being a seasonal place things change gradually from one month to another. Wild yellows appear and all sorts of interesting shapes just occur naturally in colour drifts. These works were made during a particularly difficult time of my life and represent connection, love and balance to my art my family and the landscape. Susan Baird July 2019

Bowman’s Cottage January 2018


Bush Telegraph 2019 100 x 100cm oil on linen


Sheena’s Dam 2019 152 x 102cm oil on linen


Essence 2019 152 x 102cm oil on linen


Looking Glass 2019 102 x 153cm oil on linen


Hawthorn’s Dusk 2019 112 x 153cm oil on linen


Summer’s Past 2019 33 x 47cm oil on linen


Paper Mache 2019 102 x 102cm oil on linen


After The Rain 2019 140 x 140cm oil on linen


Pistacchio I 2019 23 x 30cm oil on linen

Pistacchio II 2019 23 x 30cm oil on linen


Pistacchio and Ghost Gums 2019 30 x 40cm oil on panel


Dance 2019 25 x 30cm oil on linen

Crossing Over 2019 25 x 30cm oil on linen


Conversation 2018 25 x 30cm oil on linen

Sitting Room with Chair 2019 25 x 30cm oil on linen


Sitting Room, Bowman’s Cottage 2018 25 x 30cm oil on linen

Summer Garden 2018 25 x 30cm oil on linen


Jonquils abd Daffodils 2019 25 x 30cm oil on linen


Studio Window, Bowman’s Cottage 2019 137 x 97cm oil on linen


Bowman’s Cottage 2019 25 x 30cm oil on linen


Sheering Shed, Bowman’s Cottage 2018 30 x 41cm oil on linen


Autumnal Blush 2019 102 x 102cm oil on linen


E.Bromley Family and House, Hill End Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW

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Susan Baird - All Around Me, Flinders Lane Gallery 2019  

Susan Baird - All Around Me, Flinders Lane Gallery 2019  

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