Lorraine Gill Galleries - The Outback Series

Jarrah Forest

When I was with my friends John and Janet Newland in Cookernup in Western Australia, Janet took me out on a very long drive in a different direction to that in which we had normally gone to see "many things". It was about two hours along a corrugated, dusty road, which was, well: I donít think we saw one other car during those two hours, in which we were driving along in the abnormal heat. Suddenly when we turned off we came in to a forest; it was one of the most beautiful forests that I had ever seen.

The trunks of the trees were like satin, the satins being violets with reflections of pinks. The pink reflections came from the red of the earth and from the beautiful plants that grew around that area. It was like stepping into a Hansel and Gretel fantasy island.

There was the remnant of an old school, remnant of an old railway line, remnants of bricks and a railway siding, and a fallen-down chimney and an old wheel.

This was where the early settlers had actually built a small town, and where the timbering of the Jarrah Forest occurred. The gold flecs that go through the brush were the tints that came off the evening light from the various scrublands, and there were swallow-like birds that made arrow- head shapes, and which were darting and dipping into a tiny little creek that ran nearby. They would make a sound just as they tipped the water to eat an insect, and would then fly off again.

The entire scene was alive and colourful with the violet of the Jarrah trees. It was very textural, given that the Jarrah trees themselves were satiny in texture, combined with the rough rusting railway tracks and the leftover fallen-down bricks of old buildings; yet again another story left in time about Australia's wondrous history.

This Jarrah Forest is where the timber-mill workers would come to log the trees, which they would then cart back upon and with these huge oxen-teams, to Yarloop. From there it would be worked, and then forwarded.

It is a lovely story connecting two wondrous places in Great Western Australia.

Jarrah Forest

Prints are available in several sizes and have the option to be hand signed by Lorraine, each size has a limited print run of 250 and are individually numbered.

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