abstract acrylic painting depicting a bushfire using red, black and yellow colours
Black Saturday Bushfire

Burning Down the House

Acrylic on canvas | 150cms x 150cms

  • original, unique artwork
  • custom-built stretcher frame
  • gesso primed
  • heavy-duty canvas thread
  • artist-quality acrylic paint
  • clear varnish sealed
  • requires FRAMING


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Black Saturday Bushfire

Burning Down the House is a large acrylic painting that was painted in response to the devasting bushfire season of 2019

Australians have always known the threat of bushfires and we have a history of horror and destruction caused by fire. Two recent fires however had a direct impact on my family. The Canberra fire in 2003 and the Black Summer 2019-2020 were both devastating. The Black Summer threatened 3 family members in 3 different regions of NSW. The fear and anguish I felt about these fires prompted me to paint this body of work. Part healing, part warning. The government needs a better strategy and action plan.

The fact that a lot of governments around the world (including our own) are not taking global warming seriously is having a big impact on fire behaviour. Of course, if the summers are getting hotter, the knock-on effect means dry kindle for fuel. And it is not just global warming adding to the danger. Government budget cutbacks to Fire Services affect everything from back-burning capabilities to big-ticket acquisitions like helitankers. This land is on fire every year, it is inconceivable that we must loan Aviation CH-47D Chinooks to fight fire on a seasonal basis.

The government needs a better strategy and action plan!

Abstract Expressionism is all about action painting and colour field painting. Action painting requires vigorous application of paint, often splashed, thrown, or poured. Colour field painting is all about large fields of bold, flat colours across the picture plane. Burning Down The House is painted in the Abstract Expressionist genre using ‘action’ painting.

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Weight3 kg
Dimensions150 × 15 × 15 cm


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