When spring arrived in 2017 Bert felt an overwhelming and intense need to go out and paint the most beautiful thing he could. He had been suffering from severe depression due to the recent suicide of his brother, and then soon after, a very close friend. Making a beautiful, abstract work of art would lift his spirits.
It took a little bit of a trek but Bert eventually arrived at a spot he knew where he would find the most incredible view. It was atop a modest hill and looked down across the Yarra valley. There were numerous different flowers in full bloom and the sun shone down from a blue sky.
The painting took most of an afternoon and he managed to capture the incredible visual beauty of the field of colourful flowers that lay before him. There were all manor of colours in the flowers – from yellow, orange, red, purple, mauve, and even pale blue. This was all set off against a field of the greenest of green grass.
Once he had finished his painting Bert packed up his things and left. He had a tear in his eye though – he knew Luke and Rebecca would never get to experience this magnificent beauty he had witnessed. He did achieve what he set out to do – create the most beautiful thing possible from a piece of board and some coloured paint.