Christine Moussa is a singer and songwriter who is influenced by nature. She has been a dear friend to me for over twenty years and I’ve seen the strength of her creativity run deep. She hears the song of nature in plants, flowers, water and wind. These images speak of her connection with nature and music.
Chris is tough and strong in spirit, yet it is her incredible kindness and gentleness that is her strength. When she sings, a huge voice comes from a tiny frame. She loves beauty and she is beauty itself, so this series had to be beautiful. Her friendship is infinitely precious to me, so the artwork had to have a sense of preciousness. She has a soft, sweet heart and I wanted to convey that aspect through this series. We have been through many seasons of life together, so I chose images from nature which represent different seasons, stages and times.
Limited edition giclee prints are printed on Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag, 100% cotton fine art, archival, acid free paper. Images are offered in 3 sizes and editions are limited to 50 prints altogether of any single artwork. I check each print carefully, number, sign it and wrap it in acid free tissue before delivery.
When I lived in the UK, my favourite spot to escape to with my camera during the week, was the “common and woodland”. We lived in a midland town with not enough trees or birds to satisfy a girl who had moved from 27 acres of bushland. The woods were my escape. There I could slow down and quietly spend time with the birds and plants. It was quite odd being unfamiliar with the vegetation varieties and I managed to get stung by nettles on more than one occasion (gently moving a leaf to take a photo of a beautiful curled up frond......OUCH!)
The contrast between the Australian and English landscape is chasmic. Our Aussie landscape is so strong, harsh, dramatic and bright and the English landscape so soft, gentle, quiet and understated.
Man-made elements have been integrated into the English landscape for so many centuries that one doesn’t really ever know what is truly natural in the UK. Certainly, the local woodland was well trodden by both human and dog. It is normal to see planted hedges, stone walls, bridges, gates and styes.
There is a beauty about the green palette, yet that frightened me a little - because I realised it was due to the fact that there was rarely any sun reaching these parts. I did crave the sun for those years. Still, if there were moss covered trees and rocks, I was going to photograph them and enjoy their beauty.
It often rained when I was walking, but again, I learned to take advantage of the wonder of raindrops sparkling on leaves and the fresh smell of the damp earth. Of course, I always took my macro lens for those tiny details on the forest floor.