ILANA COWAN – NOW A CONTEMPORARY ARTIST
For over twenty years I was a very passionate batik and textile artist as well as a member of the Peace of Green Art Collective in Maleny from 1996 to 2006.
I made the switch to painting quite recently after taking some workshops with local artists.
Now semi-retired, I have the luxury of spending more time in developing my art.
Acrylics and mixed media
More About Me
As far as I can remember I was always a maker. In my teens I made and decorated leather bags in my bedroom. Soon after I was painting t-shirts. Then in 1970 I learned to do batik and was hooked but it never occurred to me to study art or become an artist.
So when I immigrated to Australia from Brazil in 1972, I chose to study Modern Languages at Monash University in order to support myself one day. This is how I became a teacher and a translator.
Alongside my day job, I continued doing batik and silk painting, selling my work at craft markets and galleries and in Queensland, at the Peace of Green Art Collective in Maleny.
In October 2019, I had my first solo painting exhibition at the Maleny library and my work was well received.
Now I am totally enthralled with the field of abstract art, impressionism, contemporary art. Some of the painters that excite me are Marcia Myers, Jane Filer, Mark Rothko, Camille Pissarro, Henri Matisse and there are many, many more.
My painting process is mostly intuitive and at the moment I work with acrylic paints and mixed media.