I have always enjoyed creative pursuits such as pottery at evening class, making functional art using sewing and embroidery, decorative furniture painting and oil painting as a hobby in the evenings.
How I came to painting
It wasn’t until I retired that I was able to give more attention to painting. Painting provided the challenges and satisfaction to fulfil my need to keep creative.
I attended mentored classes at Footscray Community Arts Centre. A few years later I joined the Melrose Art Group in Melrose Street, North Melbourne.
What do I paint?
I like to paint anything that takes my fancy. Here are a few of the subjects which have grabbed me:
- Landscapes of home – Scotland and Australia are both home to me. Then there are also those other places which bring back great memories;
- Brightly coloured birds (I did a series of Birds of Victoria, oil on wood);
- Australian native flowers;
- Portraits; and
- The Rose Hotel, Williamstown and The Bridge at Kilcunda on commission
How do I paint?
Mostly I enjoy painting with plenty of colour. The colours in Australia are unique – from the beautiful red/purple of the Centre to the brilliant blues of the Coast.
Recently a visit to New Zealand’s South Island provided me with some dramatic, dark and brooding scenery, which just had to be painted.
As I paint mainly in oils, it takes longer to complete each canvas or board. Even so, I always have in my mind the next subject I want to paint, either singly or as a series. There is so much of interest around that I am always impatient to get started.
Since joining the Creativity Cluster group of nine women artists, I have been challenged to produce art on a common theme. This pushes me to be inventive as well as creative.
I need either to bend my work to fit in with the theme or interpret my work in a way that fits the theme. It has encouraged me to diversify in content, style and medium.
I am always involved in the next project and theme. The latest theme, ‘From Then to Now’, has given me many options: looking at an urban landscape in 2010 and revisiting it in 2020, and also comparing places from my life in Scotland with places here in Australia.