In 2010, I relocated to Queensland after living in Western Australia for 25 years.
I was struck by the colour of the vegetation and the quality of the air. The contrast between the dry almost suffocating heat of the west, with the moisture filled air of the east, was tangible. Tamborine Mountain, in the Scenic Rim Caldera, became my home for the next few years.
Judith Wright also discovered a sense of place when she lived on Tamborine Mountain and she found peace in “Quantum” and “Calanthe”, her homes that she shared with philosopher, Jack McKinney and their daughter Meredith.
My first studio on the mountain had a large window that looked out onto a small, but lush section of remnant rainforest. The sound of the whip birds and bell-birds was tangible, but they were secreted from view. In “Studio View”, I have woven text through the vegetation that describe the many species of birdlife and flora and fauna living there, camouflaged by the tall trees and abundant ferns.
Fiona Rafferty – “Reminiscence” – September 2015 (Bowral)