“What I first noticed when I arrived at the accommodation was the massive Karri trees reminiscent of the work done by Australian Impressionists like Roberts, McCubbin and Streeton. I was a little overwhelmed by how to respond to imagery that already had such a rich history. As a result, I initially used the Donnelly River Village as a base and went out from there to seek inspiration. It was only in the last couple of days that I felt able to tackle the great trees, and was drawn to the fallen ones where you could see the upturned roots. The horizontals was, for me, the solution to the extreme verticals of these great trees. These images show the beginnings of what I felt and will gain clarity as I work on them in the studio.” Michael Knight, The Donnelly Verandah Residencies 2017

See other work from Michael’s residency here