The attributes of these engaging images are the rich palette, robust forms and textured paintwork that animate his vision. As a vegetarian and passionate horticulturalist this is Stephen Trebilcock’s milieu; painting and life are closely intertwined. In a wider context, his paintings reflect a set of values and a way of life many desire today, a life perhaps of a bygone era which was more approachable and honest.
Trebilcock’s work does not focus on the vast panoramic scenery of the Australian landscape so often depicted by our painters: his world is more immediate and intimate. From childhood surrounded by orchards, it is the introduced European fruits, vegetables and flowers that capture Trebilcock’s attention. His images possess a Biblical abundance, whilst noting also the imperfections or blemishes that reflect the reality of every day life.