I have been painting and drawing animals for many years, enjoying a successful career in the UK. Moving to Australia quite a few year ago offered new opportunities and challenges, taking part in workshops, exhibitions and classes to learn new techniques and media, and make friends. In recent years I have really enjoyed improving my skills with coloured pencils, I find they are really suited to fur, eyes and noses! I now undertake regular commissions, work with a local artisan food producer on illustrations of animals and food, and enter a few art exhibitions and events when I have work available.
Most of my images contain figurative and ornate decorative elements. Some of my works turn word play into visual statements.
I find that drawing is the most direct medium for conveying my visual intention and idea. One chance with one pencil - with help from an eraser.
Printing involves three stages: inscribing the image, 'biting' the drawn plate and then printing the art work.
Making the handmade books involves creating making book size prints for the cover, finding beautiful fabrics plus papers to complete the journal
I love texture, colour and the endless possibilities of art…..
I have been painting, drawing, creating for as long as I can remember and love to pass along the knowledge that I have gained. The process of creating is being able to connect with something greater than yourself, feeling comfortable in taking risks and seeing where your muse takes you. Art classes are a wonderful way of extending your creative pathways. After leaving school I studied commercial art, this has proved invaluable for my own teaching purposes. All of us have an inner artist and it’s learning how to connect to that inner artist that allows you to feel free to take risks and believe in yourself.
Working across new media, ceramics, painting and installation Turner's work evokes the landscape of her childhood: central Queensland, a place of dry grass, listless cattle and the scorching sun. Poignantly, memories of bodily responses to this landscape form the foundation of Turner's work.
Freshly imported from NSW, Nicci left her ‘proper job’ to become a full time potter/artist in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in late 2017. This has been a long time coming and her arts practice ranging over 20 years - whilst working in arts administration - has given ample time to plan this career move. Her new work is a joyful experimentation with of colourful thrown porcelain forms and whimsical sculptural figures reflecting the spirit of discovery the artist has begun to explore living her dream.
A recent 5 week arts residency allowed time to consider new creative directions and complete a collaborative project developing two object trail brochures featuring birds for the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. This project provided the impetus to include birds in much of her new work for the "Untethered" exhibition at the Butter Factory Art Centre, Cooroy in February/March 2018.
Nicci's ceramics can be purchased via her website or at The Orangery, Maleny.
Artist. Printmaker. Designer.
With a love for printmaking, following a career in graphic design, I love to share my skills and explore all printmaking media.
Printmaking gives me a space of calming respite from a culture of haste and automation. I love combining the meditative craft of relief and intaglio printing with capturing the slower pace of life in the natural world as the subject of my work. In my experiences of nature and its translation through the act of printmaking, I am reminded to be still and present in daily life.
I am the wife of a contemporary war veteran and my printing practice gives me respite from the sometimes chaotic world of the PTSD that we both live with and manage. I use my work as a way to share with and remind others of the calming effects of the sometimes quirky moments the natural world can bring to their own busy lives.
I am a mostly self-taught visual artist living and working on acreage in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland area of Montville, Australia.
Like smiling at people with kindness; art can transform a day for a nanosecond. To elicit this response, I paint stories and fleeting snapshots from life experience in ways that ring true to me. The results may be abstract or representational. I delight in spare compositions and minimal colours to mix each work from.
All of Leisa’s works are influenced by her local surroundings (Booloumba Creek) as she tries to capture the essence of this 325 million year old valley in all her work. Using rocks, sand, clay, ochre, ash, wood and local species of rainforest foliage. Other media is acrylic, graphite, natural fibres and glass. All work is one of a kind and completely unique. Leisa offers workshops for adults or children’s parties, festivals or just for personal development.
Heather Gall, an experienced landscape painter, children's book illustrator and tutor, paints across mediums > Oils, acrylics, mixed media and watercolour.
Heather's studio, overlooking the ancient Glass house Mountains on the family dairy farm is open by appointment and for the Arts Connect Inc. Open Studios program.
Access is disabled friendly, with car parking for up to 10 cars /small bus.
I began studying to become a ceramic artist in 1979. My initial interests were hand building and alternate 'primitive' firings.
Despite following many pathways my work now is little changed. My work is either thrown, slip cast or hand-built. My choice of clay is porcelain or terracotta.
My present work is Raku-fired, perhaps with metallic lustres; simple shapes with coloured slips and mid-fired; terracotta shapes & vessels for the garden.
My shapes are minimalist My glazing techniques simple. I decorate using coloured slips, carving or airbrushing metallic oxides.
Working as an artist is not always confined to the studio, I am a sculptor who draws and paints with an interest how the two inform each other. Wood and metal are materials that keep me wondering how one compliments the other.
The work encompasses issues of social justice as well as political commentary in so much as an obligation to "keeping the bastards honest" The latest works are an effort to use recycled timber and question the use of what some may consider waste or discard materials giving them new life and meaning. The skill level required to using substandard materials becomes a juggle as this challenges the process of construction. This material is metephorical for the fragility of the dispossessed.