In his Cuballing studio gallery Chedoona, named after the South Australian town of his childhood, Peter Denton creates art in many forms. Paintings in a diverse range of styles featuring bush landscapes and native animals adorn the gallery walls, reflecting the themes common throughout Denton’s work. Denton said that although he liked painting at school and did a bit of art after graduating, he had a break from it for quite some time. “I started painting seriously about 25 years ago, after the kids had grown up and become a bit more independent.” In between setting down and picking up the brush, the self-taught artist worked for 20 years in the environmental industry. Situated on two acres of revegetated bushland, Chedoona is a creative work inside and out that manifests Denton’s nature. “It was virtually a wasteland, and we’ve turned into something amazing,” he said. “The native garden is an important part of what we do, it’s all interconnected.” Denton’s dreamlike and otherworldly landscapes depict locations he paints from memory. “When I walk outside and I see some trees or a rock formation, I connect with it,” he said. “When I come home I bring that feeling and connection back with me and I paint.” Denton began painting with watercolours after being gifted a set by his wife Judy. “Watercolours require a lot more discipline and knowledge, I also use acrylics for different subjects, they’re a lot more forgiving,” he said. “I prefer watercolours, I like the clarity and the effervescence of it all.” One special location for the artist is Wilgadjny, the Dryandra Woodland National Park which he captures deftly in image and essence. Denton describes the experience of creation as immersive. “I find that when I paint I’m not anywhere else, I’m there, in that landscape and there’s nothing else.” Denton will be holding an exhibition of his works at Chedoona on Saturday, April 29. The exhibition will run in Cuballing for a week before being moved and hung in the Arts Narrogin gallery.