Printing is my passion. I love making marks and images with objects and plates, using many techniques. Favourite methods involve photopolymer plates, and collagraphs, where the printing plate is essentially a collage.
An initial interest in science and biology can be seen in my artwork, along with the influence of a somewhat feral childhood along the Canning River, Western Australia.
I am strongly influenced by a love of the colours, forms, patterns and designs of plants, and by botanical illustrations.
I also explore abstraction, especially of botanical forms, sometimes through fragmentation of print editions and then collage.
Until my acquisition of a press in 2004, I initially focused on papermaking, fabric printing and batik, but since then my main focus has been on printmaking.
Fibre has always held a special allure for Liz and she likes nothing more than incorporating special pieces into her work. She has recently started adding metal elements enjoying the play between such diverse materials. She also enoys ecodyeing and felting and marrying those interests.
Throughout one’s life experience, change allows the individual to process and articulate the stages of progression; whereas loss has the ability to challenge the notions of one’s own identity.
Through the trauma of loss and the associated grief, the coherence of a social structure begins to disintegrate under the pressure of anomalies and contradictions and as it does, relationships become confused and difficult to identify.
My studio practice considers the ways in which a visual dialogue can be presented in sculptural forms which addresses individual and collective experiences with the processes of loss and grief.
Using presence and absence, reality and illusion to create metaphors for the frailty of the human body and the institutional processes involved in these stages of progression.
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.
Steve Parish sees himself working in two creative spaces as a photographer. The first, is through the eye of a naturalist/educator. The second, as an artist. At times, these two spaces overlap.
However, as a naturalist/educator he is more inclined to compose and produce his images with clear, story-telling features. When in the headspace of artist, he is more inclined to maximise the emotional pull of a composition through colour, form, texture or line. As time goes on, and especially in the digital world, he is more inclined to work in solitude and in a calm space, where his own emotions in the moment are skillfully incorporated in the production of the image.
While at the point of capture, he can apply a full gambit of techniques to realise these objectives, he can also apply additional emotional effect during the post-production process. As a photographer/publisher, he sees words as being essential and complementary to his story-telling processes.
Chris Blake has been painting for over thirty years. He is a multi-award winning artist, working in pastels, oils, acrylics and pen and wash, and is a master pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia.
His favourite subjects include outback, marine and town scenes. His style is vibrant impressionist. Whatever he does, it is usually exciting and dramatic. Chris could be described as a tonal colourist. In his paintings, he pushes tones to their dark and light extremes while also layering colour to create intensity and depth.
Chris is also a dynamic tutor and demonstrator, giving speedy and informative demonstrations of technique, while at the same time adding spice with interesting, humorous stories and anecdotes. He teaches classes on Tuesday mornings in his own studio and ensures that his students learn as much as they can while still having a lot of fun.
Chris has collaborated with Unison Pastels, UK, to develop the Blake Outback sets of pastels. His work is represented in a number of private collections in Australia and overseas. It can be seen on the website www.chrisblakeart.com , on his facebook page, ‘The Blake Studio’, and at his own studio in Landsborough by appointment (07 5439 9558).
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.
A former Graphic Designer, I have developed a good eye for design, form and colour and use this in telling stories through the subjects of teacups and portraits.
I have a deep interest in people and enjoy the challenge of capturing something of their personality in my depictions of them.
I also enjoy communicating my ideas and skills to others on a regular basis in Nambour where we have lots of fun in the process!
Am open to invitations to tutor ad to commission work and have been honoured with several 1st prizes for both my Portrait and Still Life work.
My art career got off to a bad start – I ran a crayon along Dad’s newly papered hallway when I was three! I just enjoy art – making it, looking at other peoples work and studying it. Practically, I am a mixed media artist and quite happy to paint one day and print the next. In 2016 I bought a printing press, so am enjoying the luxury of printing in my own studio. I also dabble in photography and cyanotypes. Life drawing has popped in and out of my life since the 1960s. I enjoy the challenge of the mediums, and am happy to combine them. Some of my work is a bit too thought out, so when something serendipitous occurs I’ll consider it a bonus. I probably prefer the aesthetic aspect of art but am intrigued by the concept side, and although it is the natural environment that remains my main influence I also know that my dressmaker mother is often looking over my shoulder. I currently belong to the Maleny Arts and Craft Group, the Maleny Printmakers and Arts Connect Inc. and am enjoying being part of Open Studios and meeting people interested in art..
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.