Painter Marisa Purcell has held nine solo exhibitions both in Australia and overseas including France and Switzerland. She recently completed a three month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and since her return to Australia has been attempting to reconnect with her ‘idea’ of Australia. A Hill End residency will give Purcell the opportunity to connect with the Australian landscape and to “experience the land by way of observation”. It will also give the artist an opportunity to deepen her understanding of her ancestors’ experiences as they negotiated a journey from Lebanon to regional Australia in the late 1800’s. The opportunity to work without the distractions of city life will enable her to produce a body of work that directly responds to the environment.