I started painting about 8 years ago with no prior knowledge or experience. My interest developed after trying to help my disabled daughter, Kimberley. She has now retired but I found I like to paint.
My style is still developing and I have experimented with all mediums. Currently I like to paint wildlife in a realistic style, however this concept can be demanding and requires a lot of research into the anatomy of the particular animal being painted and concentration to get the right composition, structure and colours.
My arts practice is changing and evolving with new environmental directions and passions. I find myself comfortable expressing these through different mediums, varying from an eco dye pot, brush to an etching press, or speaking out through my community filmmaking. So much to say and so much to learn, I feel I will be creating to my last breath.
My newest venture is along the Healing Arts path. Reversible wearable art coats and clothing infused with Australian Bush Essence for healing. Life is never dull on the creative path.
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..
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.
Annie's studio is situated outside Peachester, south of Maleny. From the Kilcoy Beerwah Rd, turn into the delightfully scenic River Rd. Drive approximately 5km , cross a double concrete bridge, and follow the signs to an original Queenslander farmhouse, situated right at the roadside amongst pasture and forest. Access is easy, lots of parking.
Annie participates in the Open Studio trail and is happy to show visitors her art techniques and practices. There are art works displayed gallery style as well as works in progress to see.
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.
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
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.
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.
Welcome to my space!
Creation has always been a part of my life. It is my soul's voice. I have no more logical way to describe it as it takes me on journeys that require no words to beautiful realisations and wonderful insights. Over the past ten years my work has gone through many phases but I always come back to drawing with a pencil! It is the thing that lets me find the quiet place with no words that the next story flows from.
My most recent story began with a request to draw a paper plane in space and ended up with images about memory, connection, Freud and of course the purpose of living. There are also lots of inner goddess images about moving through those ideas. It paralleled moving homes and beginning in a new community. Art does that: journal life in the moment.