I met the Australian painter, Arthur Boyd, while I was working at the Richard Demarco Gallery; he came to Edinburgh in 1969 for the opening of an exhibition of his Nebuchadnezzar paintings, which made a great impression. Later Boyd returned to New South Wales, and before his death bequeathed his estate, Bundanon, to the nation. Much of Boyd’s late work relates to the river and forest bounding this fertile, cattle farm. I was offered a residency in August 2003, an opportunity for me to experience this most remarkable place inhabited by Arthur Boyd and record my own impressions.

Landscape is like a Mozart symphony or even an opera… I just think this landscape is so beautiful and so inspiring that I think you could go on ringing the changes for ever. Arthur Boyd