For as long as I can remember, I have always loved art...
I often get asked 'what inspires me?' When I was growing up...we made our own fun. We didn't go on expensive holidays or theme parks, our holidays were spent camping or we would rent an old 'beach' house and play on the muddy tidal flats, pumping yabbies for fishing.
As a family we would go for Sunday drives....we might go for a bush walk, search under logs for 'critters', picnic in the middle of 'no where', or go for a cool swim in a rock pool in the mountains.
When I first started painting, I mainly painted the beautiful places that my husband and I tavelled to on our many camping journerys. Now that I have my 2 beautiful girls...I am sharing the beauty of the outdoors with them, and they now feature quite often in my artwork.
I have been told by many people, that my artwork brings back childhood memories for them, and I hope that my artwork reminds you of a special memory too.
Well...my next challenge is the 'Brisbane Landmark Exhibition'.
This exhibition runs in conjunction with the 'Tattersall's Landscape Art Prize'. Only fifteen artists are selected to participate in this exclusive exhibition.....this year, I have been fortunate enough to be invited to enter 4 artworks.
The exhibition is designed to display paintings which depict well known and maybe some lesser known Brisbane landmark icons.
So this is the first of my entries....it's still a 'work in progress'. For those of you who don't know Brisbane, this scene is the intersection near 'Central Train' station in the city. I haven't thought of a title as yet, but for now I will call it 'Brisbane Central'.
It's in oil, on a stretched canvas measuring 101 X 76cm.
I'm really pleased with the composition and how the under-painting has turned out. It's certainly very different to my usual 'figurative landscapes'....it's a subject matter I've never attempted before.
The Brisbane Landmark exhibiton will be on display in conjunction with the 'Landscape Art Prize', in the foyer of Waterfront Place. 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane. From Monday 13 September till Friday 24 September (7am - 6pm)