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Max Miller The mountain and me

egg tempera and gold leaf on wood

62 x 182 cm

The birds have vanished into the sky,
and now the last cloud drains away.

We sit together the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.

- Lo Po, 701–62

The Southern Highlands in NSW is alive with diverse birdlife, insects and animals as well as wonderful variants in the landscape, which I love to draw and paint.

Working on four panels of Fijian cedar, I coated it with burnished gold leaf then painted using egg tempera, made by adding colour pigments to golden yolks from our chooks, which gives it a warm, soft quality. I have drawn on various influences, from 15th-century Flemish artist Jan van Eyck to painters of the Italian Renaissance.

- Max Miller, 2016