• Artists Helen Geier and Thornton Walker

    Artists Helen Geier and Thornton Walker

  • Josie Hamilton and Mike Benjamins

    Josie Hamilton and Mike Benjamins

  • Daniel and Ingrid Burton

    Daniel and Ingrid Burton

  • Julie West and Glenn Hughes

    Julie West and Glenn Hughes

  • Grazyna Sienko and Irrena Hesterman

    Grazyna Sienko and Irrena Hesterman

  • Sacha Moran and Mary Wood

    Sacha Moran and Mary Wood

  • Sarah Tomasetti

    Sarah Tomasetti

  • Sarah Tomasetti

    Sarah Tomasetti

  • Pam Saunders and Lachlan Small

    Pam Saunders and Lachlan Small

  • Michelle and Rodney Black with Susie Beaver

    Michelle and Rodney Black with Susie Beaver

  • Ian Fraser and Louise Maher

    Ian Fraser and Louise Maher

Beaver Galleries: Thornton Walker and Sarah Tomasetti

5 May 2016

The sea mist you sometimes experience during late night drives to the South Coast as it drifts up and over the mountains is a bit spooky. When the road is unfamiliar and the headlights barely break through the swirl, I always wish I’d left home earlier.

I was reminded of my misty drives with the atmospherics of some of Thornton Walker’s paintings now at Beaver Galleries. The exhibition titled ‘Through the trees’, includes large canvases where the cool calm softness is diametrically opposed to the summer brightness, warmth and azure sky and sea I crave every summer, but it does remind of those winter weekends wandering favourite places and breathing deeply the melange of smells amongst that unique bushscape.

Walker’s paintings are of the coves, bays, bush and tracks around Bateman’s Bay with the dense bush protecting the pristine coastline and representing his “memories of a momentary glimpse”. The colour palette is soft and the effect of Walker’s mixing of the oils with other mediums creates a surface akin to a watercolour.

The companion exhibition by Melbourne artist Sarah Tomasetti enchants with her exhibition ‘Influxus’ where her use of fresco plaster for her painting produces a unique texture and luminosity to some mighty mountains that I’d rather not contemplate climbing. There is an environmental ethic that is reflected in this collection as Tomasetti paints with thoughts of the human journey through fragile landscapes in glacial regions particularly - the source of the water integral to our lives - but of course changing  because of global warming.

Her technique is fascinating the result exquisite.

Both exhibitions continue at Beaver Galleries until 22 May