Lesley Dumbrell

Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, Australia

For me the starting is always color—the exactness of the shade and hue, the lightness or darkness is very important, the emotional field it creates as well as the references it has to the actual world. The color becomes a field or background for the linear structure of the painting; this structure is a way of describing an underlying structure, a randomness, a connection with the sensual.

I am most interested in the way the natural world evolves, the geometry of plants, the wind, the change from night to day; the repetition among plants and the variation between each one; the need for order and the need to resist it.

Optical illusion is is often an element in my work created through a layer of separate patterns, which come together to make an optical illusion. This is an ongoing fascination with visual language and the creation of something that is illusive, imagined, not real.

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