Visit to Gulgong

Last week I paid a visit to Peter Williamson out at Gulgong where he and fellow artist Loris Quantock were doing an artist residency at a farm 14km out of town. My trip from Katoomba took about 2.5 hours and I was eager to see the landscape and see what they had been creating.

Peter Williamson

Peter Williamson

The area was flatter than I had anticipated and there were plenty of sheep, grasshoppers and blue sky! Peter had made scones and a pot of tea which we ate on the back verandah of the artist cottage. Peter had collected vines and other plant material from around the property and wove some large sculptural pieces, but the technique and artwork which really bowled me over was the mushroom pictures derived from the actual mushroom spore which left an imprint on black paper left overnight. The works looked quite photographic and you could distinguish each vein and line of the underbelly of the mushroom. Fantastic!


After seeing Loris' work in the studio we headed out for a walk through the paddock and all the while, I anticipated a snake coming out of the long grass and terrifying me back to the safety of my car. Peter did not seem overly concerned so I took that as a good sign.

It was a great day out and I took the opportunity to stop along the road driving back to Katoomba to snatch a few photographs of the scenery.