This piece is part of the Art of a Hut collection. Drawings of New Zealand backcountry huts which I tramped to and drew on location.
'Not far below this ridgeline is Ballard Hut built just within the tree-line. It was an amazing walk over the ridge from Middle Hill Hut, the views were awesome, and the wind so strong we had to lean hard into it to maintain our footing. The hut was cosy, well insulated and got so hot we had to have the windows open, and the fire going also or it would be too cold. It is sometimes difficult to balance between too hot and too cold in these huts.
'It was very cold when I drew the hut, standing in a shady gully on the path down to the dunny. I wore all my warm clothes and also my gloves though this was in the middle of summer. Summer only happens in the sunshine up there. Despite numb fingers I was very happy with how my drawing turned out.'
Brown Paper, charcoal pencils.