Mixed Media Art
About the Artist
To me, art is about creativity. It can be on any surface and with any material. It can be planned carefully, and made well so that it will be an heirloom for many years to come. Or it can be done as an impromptu in a couple of minutes and disappear, in reality, in a few hours. One of my favourite bits of art is the portrait of me done in biro on my hand by a young family member. (Please see my profile photo.) I love colour, light and shape. The only thing that I really dislike is a blank canvas.
Art Media and Background
I was wanting to get back into art for many years, but, as is often the case, life got in the way. About ten years ago, I found a painting that I loved. I bought it and then found out that the artist, Sandra Biggin, through Royal Queensland Artists Society, taught painting classes using oils. I took her classes and learnt a great deal. I also did workshops with other art teachers eg Lyn Diefenbach.
When I came to Brisbane I did the Brisbane Institute of Art’s Marine Art Course with Jane James and followed up the course with continued lessons. This brought me to the use of acrylics and also water colour pencils. These two mediums tend to be my choice now. I also learnt a lot more by doing Painting IV with Jill Barker at Brisbane Institute of Art.
Art for Sale
My paintings have been entered and sold in many exhibitions over the last ten years and I have successfully completed commissions.
Some of my art is shown below. I don’t really think I have favourite subjects, but I do like still life, the shapes of birds and I like to put people into landscapes. Sometimes I like to “switch off” my logical planning brain and allow myself to paint abstracts or semiabstracts intuitively. Interesting techniques and effects often emerge.
I am also happy to accept commissions.
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Recovery and Weather Series
The paintings above were created after I was seriously injured in an accident in late 2016. I am profoundly grateful to the staff of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, my family and my friends for their care and continued management of my injuries.
Also, in the first part of 2017, Queensland experienced a whole range of extraordinary weather events, affecting the land and our human lives. No matter if we live in the city or in the bush, weather can affect our lives profoundly.
I feel also that painting is a form of meditation that helps me to be mentally healthy. I can put my feelings onto canvas, and be as angry, sad, or as delighted as I wish. The very bright backgrounds to all of these paintings express a distinction from the past.
“Drought and Solitude”
“Drought and Solitude” reflects some of the isolation that misfortune can bring. Although I did not feel the loneliness that some people experience, this painting does express the knowledge that, the only person who really knows how it feels, is me. In this painting, the deep green of the good times is gradually being replaced by the hot and dry colours of a changed reality.
“Outback Flood” reflects the feeling of being swamped, and no longer having control over my life. This, of course is temporary and all the care and intervention is going to lead me to a better outcome in the future. In this painting the turquoise background does not quite take away the features of the land or human identity.
“Remains of the Bushfire”
“Remains of the Bushfire” reflects a gradual calming and dilution of the red hot anger that I have felt at times. Out of those ashes will come renewal and a revitalised sense of self. In this painting the bright magenta (pink) is not quite the red hot fire of anger, and the sudden nature of what has happened is beginning to blow away.
“Sunshine on Turmeric”
“Sunshine on Turmeric” reflects the delight of being alive, and gratitude for the warm and compassionate place in which I find myself. The bright yellow background of this painting is the growth and renewal expressed as a bright and sunny day featuring my favourite plant. Turmeric loves to grow in the sunshine and not only gives us the healthy yellow spice but also its complex and beautiful flower.
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