Knee Deep in the Willows
- Michael McWilliams
- Knee Deep in the Willows
- synthetic polymer on composition board
- 120 x 240 cm
signed lower right: M McWILLIAMS 2003
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Michael McWilliams: Friends, Foes and Favourites, 13 October - 8 November 2003, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
Knee Deep in the Willows depicts a Friesian cow stranded in the mud and includes a frustrated farmer, hands on hips, on the other side of the river, contemplating the next move. The scene is inspired by the artist’s wanderings amongst the willows near his home in northern Tasmania, either fishing or with his dogs, where he is often confronted with a Friesian cow strayed from nearby grazing paddocks.
A further treasure in this painting is a Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger hidden in the shadows, a subtle conservationist statement from the artist who is passionate about their ongoing existence despite human intervention in their environment.