For as long as I can remember, I have always loved art.
I'd draw everything as a child; my fish tank, my family's portrait, my bed.. Still-life drawing was my thing, for a long time.
Art is a creative outlet.
Unknowingly, art/creativity helped me get through harder times when I was growing up. It has been so significant in my life and has led me to become who I am today.
When I entered a cycle of seemingly unescapable depression from age 15 - 18, art was what I would turn to. When I felt misunderstood or alone, art helped me process my emotions and thoughts...:
I didn't break out of the realistic-graphite-pencil-drawing-comfort-zone much until my year 12 major work when I was 17. I wanted to experiment with colour and different materials. This led to me illustrating a large scale portrait of my grandma in chalk pastel/coloured pencil (108cm x 80cm). I also used porcelain to make little white roses, linocut to emboss a keltic knot, and charcoal to do a portrait of my dad and I.
I started painting with Watercolours in November, 2015 when I returned to Australia from 1.5 years of travelling around Europe, Morocco and Turkey. It has taken a lot of practice, patience and trial & error to get to where I am now... as soon as i started using watercolour, I knew that I loved the medium, and that I wanted to get better at it!
During my first year of watercolour painting, I practiced every single day. (Other than for about 2 weeks while I was moving house). This consistency in my art making practice was vital. I have learnt SO much about the medium, my style and about art itself without taking a watercolour lesson.
In December 2015 I did my very first market. It was actually a car boot sale on the Central Coast, with my good friend Allie, who was selling her delicious Earth Cakes along side my art. The first artworks I sold, were a small red Mandala, and a little Cactus painting.
The framed original artworks sold for $15 each!!
My year and a half of solo travel from April 2014 around Europe, Morocco and Turkey has greatly influenced my art making practice and subject matter, particularly my early watercolour artworks. The beautiful ceramics found all over Morocco and Turkey that are painted with mandalas and patterns created my love for pattern, colour and symmetry.
Drawing and painting mandalas was also very meditative for me. I'd spend hours on an artwork - not only drawing and painting it, but measuring the distances between lines and making sure it looked balanced and even.
As my watercolour skill developed, so did my subject matter.
I started trying different drying and layering techniques, painted more complex designs, played around with shadowing, depth and realism.... A lot of practice, trial & error and experimentation led me to paint the way I do today.
View some of my Portfolio here.