The composer will combine her twin passions for music and art, only this time entirely without the aid of manuscript paper.

My concert at the Queensland Music Festival is another opportunity to respond musically to paintings that I love. This time by Margaret Olley, the iconic still life painter, and William Robinson, the award-winning landscape artist. I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret Olley several times. I am a big admirer of her work. I can’t wait to spend time with her bold colours, beautiful flowers and richness of textures. They will bring back fond memories for me. I am looking forward to meeting William Robinson. I admire his dark landscapes. They will inspire mystery in my music.

I have had similar challenges before. In 2007 Dr Leigh Summers, Director of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, asked me to be involved in their very first EMSLA (Eutick Memorial Still Life Award) Festival.

The first task was to choose which paintings I would respond to. My choices were mixed: either an image that I just loved spontaneously or the ones that would give me a creative input for musical interpretation. Once I chose the images, I created about two sketches a day...

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