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'The Pioneer Lady' is inspired by the resilient, forgotten pioneer women of Margaret River in Western Australia who survived against all odds in the harsh Australian desert. It is also a homage to women of emigration and their ingenious modes of survival. At the forefront a woman is shown dripping with attitude, taking a drag from a cigarette amid a curiously colour and pulsating landscape that she inhabits it with confidence even as it hints at an imminent bush fire. This painting incorporates influenced by the Golden Dutch Age which can be seen in the delicate lacework of the Pioneer Lady’s under garments. However, instead of a women constrained by domestic interiors, The Pioneer Lady depicts a woman negotiating the outside elements head on.

Pioneer Lady

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