Nature and wildlife have inspired artists since time immemorial. Some of the artists and artisans opening their personal studios to the general public during the 3 day Noosa Open Studios event in August interpret nature's inspiration in many different ways.
Wildlife artist, Annelise Howes says "nature makes me happy and I love painting animals, birds and plants, sometimes in a realistic style, often with lots of detail, but at other times more stylised such as in a recent painting of lotus and egrets".
Nature's beautiful plants also inspire Botanical artist Gabi Dick "From my earliest recollection my great great grandfather showed me through the forest and taught me how to identify wild edible plants and my mother was also a great influence for my love of flowers as we strolled through many botanic gardens".
Taking a different angle on nature, artisan Phyl Williams is a compulsive collector who loves to find quirky and unusual objects that are abandoned, discarded or ignored in the forest, at the nearby lake and on the beach "and I often combine them with recycled objects creating whimsical and unique sculptures and fibre forms".
Tricia Bradford expresses her love of wildlife through both her art and her sculpture. "I think I like curves! Forming the beautiful structures of birds, animal and human shapes is very satisfying" says Tricia.
Nature in the form of its trees inspires the two timber craftsmen opening their personal studios/workshops. Timbercraftsman David Suters explains "my passion is inspired by nature's gift of grain, shape colours and textures. I hand select each piece of timber working with its natural features to create one off artistic pieces."
Ross Annels of Cooroora Institute on large acreage at Cooroy has been inspired by plantings of SEQ hardwoods and an old heritage fig which have "shaped my art projects over the last year". Ross' heritage fig tree inspired his recent publicly comissioned installation at the entrance to the Brisbane RNA Grounds.
A visit to each of the studios of these fabulous artists and artisans is a must during the Noosa Open Studios long weekend – Friday 19 August thru to Sunday 21 August. Find out more about the event on www.noosaopenstudios.com.au. If you'd like to join in on one of the studio bus tours, ensure you book your seats early. Tickets only $10pp per tour. Further details on the website. For bookings phone 0403 170 207 or email email@example.com