Rising up in Sydney, Kate Lewis spent most of her childhood within the textured coastal panorama of Jervis Bay. ‘Our home backed onto the bush the place we spent our days getting misplaced, crafting and creating imaginary worlds,’ Kate says. ‘I’ve all the time been a tactile communicator utilizing artmaking to attach and convey my feelings.’
Since then, just a few issues in Kate’s life have modified. She moved to Melbourne, gone to artwork faculty (thrice) and only recently accomplished her Masters in Modern Artwork from the Victorian Collage of the Arts at Melbourne College.
‘It’s been a windy highway to finish up the place I’m at the moment,’ Kate provides. ‘Portray and [being in] the bush have been the one constants in my life.’
The artist has solely been portray full-time for the previous few years, however her deep appreciation for the nice open air already emanates from the dreamlike aesthetic of her work. There’s a whole lot of care behind her natural shapes, wealthy earthy colors, and layered brushstrokes fantastically immortalise the real-life scenes that Kate finds on her common ‘expeditions’ in Victoria’s Excessive Nation and The Otways, alongside her reminiscences of Jervis Bay.
‘My portray apply is a distillation of these moments if you lay your eyes on one thing superb – a type of oily document retaining, in case you like,’ she says. ‘For me, these moments spring up mostly when out strolling within the bush. In fact, I might pen a diary entry or snap a photograph, however phrases aren’t my closest associates, and the arduous strains of digital images hardly do justice to the oil-laden Australian panorama.’
‘Oil paints are the apparent alternative when evoking the languid strains of a eucalypt beneath the relentless solar – oils ooze and are forgiving. They shimmer with that harsh vividity of the Australian bush but, in kind, completely categorical its laconic and lazy strains.’
When she’s not working from her inner-city studio, or instructing artwork lessons to a highschool within the mountains, Kate actually enjoys portray en plein air among the many timber and quietude of the nice open air – regardless of the unpredictable climate and ‘very chilly fingers’!
See extra of Kate’s work on her web site right here.