I was born in Newcastle on Halloween, an auspicious date which may go some way towards explaining my lifelong attraction to all things dark, mysterious, and bumpy-in-the-night. After completing a beautifully useless Bachelor of Arts at Newcastle University, I moved to Melbourne where I lived for eighteen years before making the central Victorian town of Ballarat my home in early 2013.
by Kirstyn McDermott
As I lifted my brush to the canvas, as I felt the paint flow thick and eager from the bristles, I could see the end, how it needed to be finished. I could see the promise that glimmered beneath the threat, the mercy inherent in destruction. My hand steadied, and worked.