Inspired by Margaret Preston relief prints from the 1940's, the Vegemite jar bursting with my favourite natives was the beginning of the collection of Rosella Sauce bottle, Golden Circle Beetroot tin, rusty old billy bouquet print series.
Landmarks of a unique Australian childhood and history growing up in Oz conjuring the smells and tastes of freedom and the Australian way of life.
Actually I preferred the sweeter version 'Promite' but nothing describes my upbringing more than a Vegemite jar. I often made it for my brother's favourite on toast, cut into four squares.
'Local Bouquet' first appeared for Port Adelaide Artist Forum Fringe Exhibition Feb 2017 at Gallery Yampu.