This body of work is dedicated to Tess and Frank Furlong ( Nana and Granno) and reflects my family’s deep connection with Hastings Point. It is a stunning location in Northern New South Wales where my in-laws lived for many years. For over 40 years, we visited and stayed in this beautiful place where my children spent every Christmas holiday fishing, swimming, and enjoying the beach life with their Nana and Granno and extended family. Every year, visiting Hastings Point was a chance to de-stress and find calm after a busy year. While not every moment was perfect, the landscape itself remained the constant source of calm and escape from tension. Just setting your feet in the sand, soaking in the sea or casting a line into the water reminded you that you were on holiday.
However, in 2022, we lost Tess, after surviving her 2 husbands, she passed away at 92 in her own home in the place she loved.
Cleaning out her house was a mix of emotions – a time for sadness and celebration of the wonderful times we spent there as a family. When the property sold it inspired me to create an exhibition of paintings that encapsulated our precious memories.
In each piece of artwork, a human element is depicted within the landscapes, creating a connection to the place. The pathways, whether real or suggested, symbolize the journey towards the future without Hastings. All of the paintings are square and are bordered in white, in honour of Granno and his extensive collection of faded polaroid photos that we found. His unique way of capturing our time there served as the basis for my inspiration and colour scheme. By combining my own photos and those from my husband’s family, I have made artwork that celebrates our collective memories.