Enjoying painting plein air and focus on the nature and beauty of Mission Beach
My favourite medium is graphite and I find it challenging to create an artwork that is devoid of colour whilst concentrating on tone, shape and composition to make it interesting.
I begin a piece by researching my topic but always work from my own photographs or paint in the field (en plein air).
I know if a piece is done after I review it in a couple of weeks, allowing me to look at the work with fresh eyes. If nothing bugs me about the work, then it is completed.
I studied graphite and pastel for 10 years and since 2005 have been learning watercolour from Barbie Brayshaw here in Mission Beach.
For the past two years I have been studying oils and enjoy the painting experience with three other ladies, often plein air.
Art adds a balance to my life. I am compelled by nature to capture the beauty of our rainforest and the charm of wildlife. When I am at my easel nothing else matters except the moment when I escape into the painting. I find this solitary exodus of drawing and painting can be filled with a sense of peace, if all is going well, yet the final strokes bring a happier achievement.