How would you describe your work?
Happy, joyful, colourful, patterned, detailed with a twist of fun and the unexpected. I like to explore subjects from nature, still life, through to the absurdly abstract. Colour has always been a prominent visual component in my Art (even in the early days) due to its strong visual impact & its direct influence with my feelings and emotions. I believe colour is one of the most important elements that I can use to create life & heart in my artworks, people connect with colour. I also strive to convey a positive, joyful and happy message in my artworks.
Can you give us some insight into your process for creating your artworks?
Creating for me, is an intuitive process, an artwork can begin with just one blob of colour on a white canvas then the rest just seems to flow. When I start an artwork, I try not to place any rules over what I create and begin by drawing ideas from visuals locked away in my memory or from a design brief. When people look at my artworks, I want them to feel part of the story and part of the process of creation - something visually joyous, new and emotive for the viewer. Sustainability plays a role in my creative process too and varies depending on the creative project. Often from a design point of view it comes down to choosing the right materials for the job and using them wisely. I am committed to create consciously in every area of my creative business.
Is there a typical day in the studio or is every day different?
I am lucky enough to paint out of my colourful light filled studio in my home in Brisbane, however I don't get to paint as much as I would like. I grab time when I can, although being a self confessed night owl, my creative brain works best and most efficiently at night time. I have learnt to quickly switch off my mum mind (although it’s never ever completely switched off!), and switch over to my creative mind in an instant. Although when I have the urge to create, sometimes I just have to find the time and make it happen. As my business has many different creative arms (licensing, fashion, fabrics), I juggle and manage my time as best I can and no two days are the same in the studio.
What inspires you when you are creating your artworks?
My studio is filled with colourful trinkets, artworks & paints to inspire me when I am needing inspiration. I am also endlessly inspired by nature, in particular native flowers. Nature combines splendid shapes and colours with such diversity and brings fresh ideas and perspectives to my artworks.
What would your dream project/collaboration be (apart from working with Consequence of Change!?
Bucket list dream licensing clients would be Gorman or Anthropologie (international).
Who are your favourite artists and why?
I adore Kindah Khalidy's design work & am completely enamoured with her candy-coloured amoeba-like shapes & her use of colour & shapes. Massive fan of Megan Grant a Melbourne Artist , her collab with Gorman was next level.Carolyn Gavin I love Carolyn's design based of critters, flowers and fruits in every shade of the rainbow.Helen Dardiks a long time favourite, I am continually blown away by the volume of work she creates and the high quality and standard of her work.