Alice Tilley is an artist working from her studio on the edge of South Australia’s Barossa Valley drawing inspiration from her rural surroundings and the domestic experiences of everyday life. Alice produces predominately still life and landscape oil on canvas paintings. "My still life and landscape oil paintings are a quiet reflection of the essence and beauty of a moment or place. In response to our fast paced and demanding world my art reflects my attempt to embrace a ‘slow’ lifestyle and appreciate the simple, yet good things in life. Through these values I hope that my paintings bring comfort and joy to viewers, forging a meaningful, genuine and timeless connection."
Alicia is a Melbourne artist working out of her studio in a 100 year old home on top of a mountain in Olinda Victoria, Australia.
Completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at Caulfield Institute of Technology (Monash University 1985) majoring in Printmaking and Painting with a Graduate Diploma in Art Education at Victoria College Burwood (1987). She now specialises in still life working with oils on stretched canvas.
Alicia spent many years working in the antiques and vintage industry for interior design with her own business before moving to painting full time. Now she enjoys incorporating this knowledge into her artworks - an amalgamation of natural forms against and with vintage design elements. Her works vary from bright and bold designs to softer pastels with strong lines and layerings of glaze with an eye for detail.
She has exhibited and sold her work throughout Australia and overseas and is represented by several galleries in Australia.
Alicia's studio is surrounded by 100 year old gardens and the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens just a step away along with national parks and public gardens. From this she draws inspiration in both colour and form for her artworks. Seasonal changes are brought to the fullest where she lives so there is always much to choose from.View collection
Amanda Ogilby is an emerging artist who works primarily in oils. She grew up influenced by the pastel and charcoal drawings of her artistic father. Amanda now paints fulltime in her home studio overlooking the bush, in Margaret River, Western Australia.
A representational painter, Amanda delights in the texture of oil paint and her ability to manipulate layers of colour in her art. She relishes this medium's qualities, slowly building up tone and form of the objects in her compositions. Through close observation, Amanda focuses on light, reflection and shadow and how they intermingle with objects and botanical influences.
Amanda's art is in response to her immediate surroundings and home. She seeks and finds inspiration from personal treasures, objects old and new each with stories and reminders of precious memories, the final composition often depicted with floral elements which strive to depict a sense of serenity and peace.
Angela lives rurally running a 4000-acre grazing property near Yetman NSW as well as her and her husband’s camping business on the river. She can often be found working on her verandah, surrounded by pets, birds and her beautiful garden and, within this space, she likes to just go with the flow and is never quite sure what is going to turn up! Her love of working with clay began around 10 years ago after completing a sculpting class, before studying art at TAFE and participating in many clay workshops to discover her own unique style. The techniques used to create her beautiful works include slab, coiling and wheel throwing and her style has a relaxed, rustic and organic feel with a rewarding focus on both functionality and beauty. Angela often works intuitively with the clay, not always having an outcome in mind but letting the clay piece evolve to take on its own form. “There is no better feeling than to take a lump of clay and through many processes, turn it into something functional and beautiful.” It is this unique style that has enabled Angela to have her works exhibited in Goondiwindi, Texas, Inverell, Moree, Taroom, and a number of local galleries and shops across Australia.
I love to create colourful happiness! I live in Geelong in Victoria with my gorgeous little family and if you run into me in the street I often have an armful of flowers and a coffee in the other hand!
My artwork is inspired by colour and beautiful blooms and foliage. I absolutely love the way flowers grow and evolve and to capture that is always a challenge but very inspirational. Colour creates such happiness for me so I try to include lots of colour either bright or pastel so hopefully they also brighten up someones else’s life also.
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A bold approach to painting makes my work distinctive. Abstract or impressionistic backgrounds applied with a palette knife are combined with realistic subjects detailed in textured brushstrokes.
My work captures everyday moments in time. Typically, a figure turned away from the viewer in a candid pose. The viewer is invited to complete the story...to fill in the blanks about time, place, thoughts and emotion.
I believe the intelligence of a painting is in the lost and found edges. The interest lies within the range of values and textures, the drama of abstraction vs realism...and the magic is in the movement created by a confident stroke of the brush or palette knife.
I have been painting in oils for many years, always in response to the stage of my life and the environment around me. Having lived in Melbourne, Bondi, Kangaroo Valley and now here on the coast, my work has been varied and constantly evolving. Perhaps partly because of the changes that Covid had brought to all our lives I am finding a new freedom and a sense of exploration in my paintings. They have almost become a way of travelling and exploring by using my imagination, colour and space. Skies are bigger, colour is more vivid and stories are being expressed in the landscapes that develop on my easel.
The animal portraits that I enjoy painting in between are a way of bringing some discipline back to my work and some sense of tradition in the style.
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember but it was only in 2015 that circumstances allowed for me to focus on my art practice and I enrolled in botanical illustration classes at the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens. Within a year, and at the suggestion of my amazing teacher Helen Burrows, I also began teaching both children and adults, botanical illustration and watercolour from my home studio in the beautiful Yarra Valley. I was struck by the beauty in the simplicity of work produced by the children in my classes, particularly by my youngest students. Their work inspired me to explore my favourite subject matter, botanicals and the beautiful objects in my home, in a freer and less perfectionist way than botanical illustration allowed. Initially I was drawing and painting with watercolours, but I was also starting to think back to high school and my love of painting with acrylics. In early 2019, as if she had read my mind, my mum posted a set of quality acrylics from Poland.
Without thinking too much about it I purchased a small canvas, set up a still life of books, and the cup of tea I was drinking, and set off to paint. I have not stopped from that day, except to experiment, refine and develop my style. Working from life and photos, my paintings are created using delicate but textured brushstrokes, and with a focus on perspective and the incredible shadows different objects form, as well as the way in which negative space effects composition.View collection
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I am Emma Hercus, a multimedia artist whose dream has been to paint naive, semi-abstract figurative artworks in juicy, thick layers of brushy acrylics and oils. Artworks that vibrate with an energy of pattern and colour; celebrate the landscape; the freedom and jaunty personalities of animals—especially bird life—and the stories of people both ancient and modern; as well as providing a magical narrative of whimsical antics, curious exploration and spontaneous, surrealist, nonsensical wonderment.
This stage of my practice started as a vision in 2012, when, after years travelling around the globe, I settled in Plimmerton, a seaside village in Aotearoa New Zealand, north of Wellington.
Initially, I focused on weaving and creating found art pieces, then I joined a studio a short distance away in Paekakariki, which took me into another realm of influence. The members of the space were artists who created paint-based artworks. This motivated me to continue my exploration of paint as a medium and continue to refine my technique and style of painting—inspired by other painters and artworks; stimulated by story books; and by the organic patterns of nature.
My process continues to embrace experimentality and often starts with an unapologetically vibrant layer of paint, which is then built upon so that the initial colour is still tantalisingly visible. Using wide, strongly intentional strokes of the brush that leave a rough texture along with found objects that already have a story to tell (bits of wood, timber, old windows and the like) to push and pull the paint, scratching and scraping it back, I build up works that express pattern, upon pattern, upon pattern—within and outside the confines of confidently rendered, expressive, idealised forms, elements and compositions. I add a sprinkle of humour to my pieces sometimes too.
The common thread throughout my work is that we need to take care of our place and its creatures, to celebrate both those we still have and those which survive only in books and artworks. I also like to create pieces that don’t make sense completely, but make the viewer smile.
The ever changing ocean and the view from my home has served to constantly fascinate and continually develop visual motifs around this—referencing the relationships between nature, day and night, the elements (sun, clouds, rain); giant birds with tiny human riders, ladders, eggs, boats, Mana Island, and the surrounding native bushy wonderland of trees, flowers and ferns. Viewing many of my works brings an introduction to the playful antics of birdlife. The past also functions as a guide to content based on historical figures, some of whom are Ornithologists and adventurers that relate back to my focus on birds. An exploration of more contemporary concepts such as feminism, female ageing and body positivity has resulted in additional works that seek to powerfully celebrate these forms. Yay for saggy tits or non-existent ones, I say.
To view my work is to engage and experience a spirited, trippy journey of discovery into a space of positivity, curiosity, vibrance. A magic dream that you don’t want to wake up from. An entrancing expression of celebratory appreciation that exudes energy, and exploration; which seeks to connect to provide a like-minded relationship. To make people smile.
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Fiona Kent is a visual artist based in Sydney, N.S.W. Primarily utilising Pastels. Fiona is particularly drawn to capturing the natural beauty of the Australian landscape.View collection