"When I camped in the wilderness of remote Cape York I realised why I never painted people in my landscape and seascapes; I’m searching for some experience of elemental wilderness, even in our managed western environment. Perhaps the closest to this feeling is sailing on the lugger at night, with no sight of land. I was in awe of our camp in Cape York, where only Aborigines lived, where the rainforest had not been catalogued. We’ve mostly lost any experience of wilderness or the sublime; maybe that’s why western culture values profit before nature. I feel sad about how much bio-diversity we have lost even in my lifetime. So perhaps the spaces where sea and land meet, where I surf and walk, are where I feel closest to the wild."