Lifestyle

Evocative landscapes

One of Sarah Larsen’s works.
One of Sarah Larsen’s works. Contributed

THE landscape of Central Queensland has many different geological and geographical features and artist Sarah Larsen has become very familiar with and greatly inspired by them.

The sandstone formations are artworks in their own right, providing defined patterns in the view with ever-changing colours according to the light or the mineral-rich soils that allow her farm to produce wheat.

All of this influences life in many ways and Larsen imparts these aspects of the landscape in her paintings.

There is definite energy in the images, born of the passion Larsen carries for her region and the way she paints, so that she conveys feeling in the colours and textures.

She has never been intimidated by a medium and chooses according to what will best achieve the desired result, so that a painting may contain chips of stone or leaf skeletons.

Examples of these can be enjoyed throughout the month of May at Art on Cairncross.

Dry Horizons is a collection of artworks in which Larsen shows how even a seemingly harsh landscape has integral beauty and intrigue, if you take a second look.

Looming rain clouds bring great hope and potential joy, not just for the farmers, but also for the very earth itself, awaiting a new beginning. The play of light across sun-baked stones is portrayed so well that it makes the heat almost visible. The air of promise in the painting Flood Tide Receding is a reminder that last year, whole communities were willing dry days to actually return.

Having lived in this environment for many years, Larsen knows the moods of the land all too well and how they can be forever changing, but also that there is always something more ahead on the horizon.

Larsen always has plenty to look forward to, as she often travels across the country tutoring and exhibiting when time permits, or she can be found in her studio with bird songs or the wind gently rustling gum leaves in the background as she works.

>> Read more lifestyle stories.

Topics:  art artist


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Give the next gen a chance: Men's Shed founder

IDEA: Les McKenzie has a plan to help youths stay off benefits.

Les McKenzie has proposed an idea to help young people

Give a gift for dogs and cats in shelters

RAISING HOPE: Alice Thorn, with help from her rescue dog Penny, is leading a fundraiser to buy a Christmas present for every shelter animal on the Coast.

Student aims to buy every shelter pet a pressie

Grateful council says thanks for giving heaps

MIGHTY EFFORT: Cr Jess Glasgow, Noosa volunteers Robyn and Paul Jenkinson with Cr Joe Jurisevic at the special brunch.

Noosa volunteers day in the sun

Local Partners

Facebook solves stolen car mystery

THE social media site might get a bad wrap from time to time but this week it's proven to be a crime-solving wonder.

9 reasons to take the kids to Woodford Folk Festival

FAMILY FREINDLY: Woodford Folk Festival has something for everyone.

If you're thinking about leaving the kids at home, think again

130,000 music lovers get set for folk festival

Getting into the music at Woodford Folk Festival.

Pre-festival ticket sales up 15%

Market-goers are gobbling up the Christmas puddings

Puddling Lane Queensland Christmas puddings.

Christmas wouldn't complete without a traditional Christmas pudding.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

9 reasons to take the kids to Woodford Folk Festival

FAMILY FREINDLY: Woodford Folk Festival has something for everyone.

If you're thinking about leaving the kids at home, think again

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

130,000 music lovers get set for folk festival

Getting into the music at Woodford Folk Festival.

Pre-festival ticket sales up 15%

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

BREAKING: Residents win battle of Buderim

PLAN: Previous plans for the aged care facility that was proposed to have a main entrance on Burnett St and staff and emergency access onto Pine St which sparked community outrage.

Serenity saved as residents score win in legal appeal

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!