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.
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.
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.
Jan was born in New Zealand and is of the Ngai Tahu family in NZ. Her art practice has developed since she moved to Brisbane and then to the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Over the recent years she has taken many opportunities to study and exhibit.
IE. The Brisbane Institute of Art (Certificate and Diploma of Fine Art).
The Queensland University of Technology (MFA)
Studies at the Salisbury Atelier, Brisbane
A ten week immersion at the New York Academy of Art, NY
and recently a residency at FOURWINDS,Aurielle France.
These experiences have all contributed to the progression and variation within her work.
Jan now lives in the Hinterland Noosa and works from her home Studio. Over the past two years she was commissioned as part of ART X3 as the official artists for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival (now Noosa Alive) In this undertaking she became known for her environmental installations“ The Dress’s.
On review, her paintings, drawing, and environmental installations continually revolve around the human form and its relationships, the environment and the concerns of modernity.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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 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.