“I am inspired by the clarity of light at altitude and the quality of the air. The higher you climb the more vivid the colours become and the landscape has a very broad palette. In many ways the name ‘Snowy Mountains’ seems inadequate to describe a place with such environmental diversity and cultural history.” Spalding 2014
Spalding lives in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. His artwork is strongly influenced by the majestic and raw beauty of the alpine environment, capturing the spirit of the mountains and the shifting interplay of colour and light.
“I see how weather beaten and charred our mountain landscape has become since the 2003 bush fires, with the snow only just covering much of the scarring. While it provides a winter wonderland and play- ground for visitors, many who come are ill prepared, with very little respect for the radical changes in weather.”
Snow is a constant theme in Spalding’s work. In his landscapes, he captures the vast and unforgiving nature of Australia’s alpine region. Other paintings incorporate humor to playfully depict skiing in Australia.