My art and design works are photographic images which I choose to use either traditionally or to form the basis of contemporary and composite pieces. I love the sense of being able to construct pieces to my own design as a painter may do, but also work with the more formal photographic works as produced 'in camera'
All my works are available for sale printed on either canvas, specialist photo paper or fabric and can be printed to a range of required sizes.
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
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..
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.
I have been making art for as long as I can remember. I have a background in Speech Pathology, NLP and EFT. Just before I turned 50 I decided to dedicate myself to my artistic dreams. I am not formally trained but have spent numerous hours in lessons, workshops and courses as well as experimenting and teaching myself. I am enjoying mixed media on different substrates. I also love ceramics and art assemblage.
It has taken a long time but I finally feel authentic in expressing myself as an artist. I love functional and quirky art but also have a passion for women, faces in particular, as subject matter. My work helps me explore what it means to be a woman and connecting to one’s soul. It is my intention to keep on a roll doing more mixed media pieces as well as art assemblage to enter a number of art shows next year and setting up an online art business.
I am a potter & clay artist enjoying all facets of clay work. I have a small studio 1km north of Montville Village.
I welcome visitors by appointment to my studio or on my weekend open days. I love answering questions about how my pieces have been made.
Recently I have been making bespoke dinner sets for some of my clients which is a new avenue for me. Would you like something made especially for you?
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.
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.
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 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. In hope of this transformation, 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.