Deborah Clarke Exhibition – Palm Valley Environs

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Date(s) - 23/06/2018 - 06/07/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Olive Pink Botanic Garden

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Palm Valley & Environsdeborah clerke exhibition invitation

Au plein air artworks by DEBORAH CLARKE

At: Olive Pink Botanic Garden


Speaker: CHRIS DAY – Senior Director Parks and Wildlife.

Duration: Exhibition runs from June 23rd to July 6th.



About the Artist


Born Sydney 1953

Deborah moved to Alice Springs in 2002 from coastal Sydney where she had worked for many years as a designer, illustrator and arts educator in the TAFE system.

Since 2008 she has run supported camps for artists in remote locations with her partner, biologist Dr. Charlie Carter. Her own art practice is informed by this intimate experience of the bush and invigorated by her connection with artists from all over Australia who attend the camps.

She has an investigative approach to media, using photography and digital media as well as drawing and painting. She is a passionate ‘plein air’ practitioner, and all her work, no matter what media, reflects her thoughtful engagement with the natural environment of Central Australia.

Artists Statement

Palm Valley is one of the most fascinating and beautiful places in Central Australia, a remnant pocket of prehistory.

I am captivated by the geology, flora and the variety of terrain, the Amphitheatre being so different from the Valley itself. I have been fortunate to camp at Palm Valley many times over the last 10 years with our small tour company, Larapinta Creative Camps.

On these occasions I have stolen moments away from my ‘duties’ to record aspects of this environment, both in the Valley itself and around the Amphitheatre and Cycad Gorge.

I have employed my favorite drawing medium: oil pastel and Ink, which enables me to work fast. My drawings are all done in situ (au plein air) and attempt to bring into focus the colour and texture of this spectacular environment and reflect how the different plant species thrive in their geological niche.

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