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).
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.
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.
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.