Beach profiles are an indicator of the health of that part of the coast, at least in terms of its ability to withstand storm erosion.

South of Adelaide the shoreline has rocky cliffs and smaller bays, but the suburban beaches are part of a coastline that is generally straight and low-lying. The land rises gently behind Seacliff and Brighton beaches. Over the last 100 years houses and roads have been built on the sandhills and many methods have been tried to “save” the sandy beaches and protect the built-up area.

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“Good voyage” 2009
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“van-tastic” 2009
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Kingston Park hillside, 2013

These paintings show the beach at low tide seven and four years ago. The second and third works show the beach towards the south, the direction of the next two paintings. You can see the increasing cover on the high dunes over the years.

Here are the outdoor paintings of Seacliff Beach. Both have been completed within the last month. The captions tell the story!

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Beach profile before the storm
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Beach profile after the storm

In the second painting you can see the erosive storm effects. The waves cut in at the base of the dune and the sand above collapsed to form little cliff shapes. In that painting you can easily see the sand pipe which has been part of the latest replenishment program.

The cycle of northward drift of sand is endless and quite natural. The work to restore and maintain our sandy southern metropolitan beaches and protect foreshore development is an expensive ongoing project. Hopefully smaller scale local structures can be embedded to do all that at lower cost.

These two paintings will be submitted for exhibition at “Dire” to be curated by the Centre for Culture, Land and Sea. The show will be at the South Coast Regional Arts Centre, Old Goolwa Police Station from June 23rd until July 24th.

If you are in South Australia, pop down! Only an hour south of the city. See you there?


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