A PART-TIME GUIDE FOR HORSEBACK AND FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE ADVENTURES, STEVE BAIRD PAINTS WITH HIS HEART IN THE LANDSCAPE, INSPIRED BY THE IMPACT OF WATER.
Story By Pepi Reynolds
"I'm always fascinated by how the whole landscape’s been shaped by water,” artist Steve Baird says. “The water’s absent, but the mark of water is there.” Whether he works in paint, pastels, etchings or in his travel diaries, the Australian landscape is ever-present. “Absolute awe, fascination and respect for the power of the natural world” are what inspires Steve. It’s an awe that struck him at an early age.
Steve’s father was determined that his children would have a good understanding of the Australian bush. “So virtually every weekend we’d pack up and head out,” Steve says. His parents took their children hunting for fossils, panning for gold, looking for trout and exploring old homesteads. These trips incubated a passion for landscapes, and for recognising the stories inherent in nature.
This story excerpt is from Issue #90
Outback Magazine: Aug/Sept 2013