Miranda Summers

Born Melbourne Australia, raised in Sussex England, trained and accredited in Fine Art and Theatre Production. Began a theatrical career as a Prop Maker and Scenic Artist for Russell Beck Studio’s, London’s West End, English National Opera, Royal Opera House and in Television with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson. Joined the team at Designers Guild on Kings Road, London for a short spell as a VM Display assistant before taking some exploration holiday in Australia, fell in love with the landscape, the people and began a career with Opera Australia initially with Team Props, became a Stage Manager and recently an Assistant Director. Assisted the Direction for the Operatic World Premiere of Brett Whiteley 2019, Graeme Murphys, Turandot, David McVicars, Don Giovanni and Francesca Zambello’s La Traviata, Handa’s Opera on Sydney Harbour, HOSH 2020.

"I live and have a studio in North Sydney and paint my local landscapes, waterways and native plants. I paint in impasto oils, alla prima with palette knife onto stretched cotton canvas. Magnetically I’m drawn to bodies of water seen beyond the chaotic scrubby coastal flora. My work is composed to lead the eye through chaos toward space and calm. Painted to put the viewer under and among tree limbs and leaves shading the viewer and framing the space beyond. Sky and distant hills are reflected by the painted colours of the water, impasto paint gives texture and palette knife application depicts water currents and wind patterns, even the odd weekday boat can be spotted making its own trail.

Internally it is the juxtaposition found in nature through contrasting light and contrasting space that I want to describe. A sense of being tugged or pulled through chaos toward the calm distance. This natural tussle has me constantly intrigued and always painting. Looking forward I’m excited to ‘grow the palette knife’ continue to express light, colour and rugged grace of Australia’s natural beauty, humility and symbiotic existence of our native flora. That we humans might take inspiration and exist in such a way."

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