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 work across many media, acrylic, gouache, pastel, oil and occasional clay and recycled materials. A love of Natural History; a 2acre block that has become a wildlife sanctuary provides inspiration for much of my work. I love to draw and sketch. My travels result in small visual notebooks and each week I join colleagues in life drawing sessions.
For me the animal kingdom is the driving force behind my art as I love to delve into the diversity of animal life. My intention is to capture my subject’s character and expression, incorporating their humour, their majesty and wonder, and as a result, the painting then tells its own story.
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.
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.