I first began painting fire after being evacuated from a ferocious Australian bushfire in December 2010. I found it difficult to understand how these giant fires could be so destructive with all the lives lost and all the heart-ache and pain that they cause. Gradually through painting fire I was able to overcome my fears and learned to understand that fire is a natural part of the Australian landscape, something that is often caused by nature itself. I began to see beauty in fire and developed a much deeper appreciation as I considered what life would be like without fire. Afterall the greatest ball of fire is the sun (the light.) These paintings were partially created with a single strand of my hair. You can see the process in the video where I was included in the Project ‘Artist by Artist’ with ABC Open and Queensland Arts Council in 2011. There was a video documentary created about my art processes which was aired on the ABC