I don’t know how it happened, but I have had a crazy year of exhibitions. Starting at the end of last year with the Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail, and finishing recently with the Betwixt Exhibition which closes this week, somehow I have had work exhibited in 6 venues. Click through below to see some of the work that’s been in exhibition.
A month ago Kate Pittas (@Katepittasart) and I came up with this idea to sell art and donate the proceeds to help farmers through the drought. Unbelievably this snowballed into an epic project with over 200 artists from around Australia, including some extremely well known artists involved. To date we have raised over $55,000 for drought relief, with all proceeds going to the existing charity #buyabale.
This painting 'The Rainmaker' is one of the pieces I donated for the project.
The interesting thing about new landscapes is how they inspire in different ways. These four works, recently #sold, are part of a series of small watercolours that explore both Hyrdangea and the brambles of roses and other tangles. The broader series looks lovely framed in a simple white box frame, and is intended for them to hang in groupings.
There are a number of works available, some of which will be listed on Etsy, including the piece below.
I have been working on a small series which focuses on bower birds. Well to be honest I've been working on more than one different series which I am want to do, but more about them later. The idea of a bower bird's bower appeals to me, as somewhere where beautiful collected pieces are gathered and curated, and which is made sculpturally beautiful, nestled into the forest somewhere. I feel like it is almost representational of the home, and family, and the lifetime of experiences and objects we collect, and carefully curate, either in our homes, or our memories.
After a really tough winter, spring has really made a difference to my head space!! All the wintery paintings are giving way to spring, and there is colour everywhere in my art.
I am also exploring more gestural abstraction than the naive figurative work i've been doing the past few years.
It never ceases to amaze me how much i am influenced by the landscape around me, and by the seasons. SInce arriving in the highlands I feel like I have come alive creatively again.
We have had a tumultous start to this move to the Southern Highlands. I was 5 months pregnant and lost the baby. It totally turns life upside down and you experience a grief like nothing i've ever experienced.
Thankfully the surrounding landscape has provided both solace, hope and inspiration. If you have been following the instagram feed @stronsoutherlyart then you will have seen the visual journey, but if you haven't, here are a few examples. All new available paintings will be available in the shop over the next few months, but feel free to message me if something catches your eye.