Phoebe Moonyean Gander is an English born mixed media artist living and working in New Zealand. She's also hilarious. Follow her on instagram and you're bound to get a giggle. Finding her flow in the whirlwind of life that is a young family and dealing with her ADHD, Phoebe's compelling abstract works are an active meditation of sorts.
Our conversation today is a meandering walk through art, mental health, family and life in general. Because let's be honest, those things all go hand in hand.
If for some bizarre reason you don't already follow Phoebe, do yourself a favour and head on over to @phoebeganderart.
Miranda Skoczek may not be the best book club member, as you’ll find out, but she’s a damn fine painter. Miranda has been consistently exhibiting over the last 15 years. Doing 2 and sometimes 3 shows a year. She moved her studio back home this year after years spent working offsite. And it’s exciting to see what the change in energy will do to her work. You see home isn’t just Miranda floating around painting at whim. Mirand is a single mum to her son and the ring master of a menagerie of pets.
Miranda and I chatted earlier in the year for this episode, and in that conversation we talk about a range of things including:
the poor struggling artist story and why it doesn’t have to always be that way,
how she remains inspired and the important of having a process,
and where she’d love to focus her energies over the next couple of years.
If you don’t already, head on over and follow her on Instagram @mirandaskoczek
Giorgia McRae graduated from the National Art School in Sydney in 2020. She creates beautiful sculptures with steel and blocks of sandstone and has her very first solo at Saint Cloche in Paddington later this year. We chatted all things art school such as the highs and lows, and what actually happens when the study is over and the students are thrust out into the real world.
Follow this rising star on Instagram at @giorgiamcraeart.
Chances are if you live in New York and are in the art world, you’ve probably seen Matthew Israel speak at function, host a panel or read his writing. The curator, writer and art historian is a well known and well respected figure in the scene.
I first came across Matthew via his book, A Year In the Art World, an insiders view, and it quickly became one of my top three books for 2020.
I caught up with Matthew in April to talk about a number of things including his observations of the pandemic on the New York art scene, whether or not the push into digital in the art world will continue at the same rate, and his thoughts on the stand alone artist vs the traditional gallery pathway.
If you haven’t already, read his book and follow him on Instagram @matthewisrael
Ces McCully is a deep thinker, a lover of words and currently obsessed with olives. She also paints all the phrases you say in your head, but dare not utter out loud.
Among many things we talk about her discovery that different languages have different colours, the inspiration for her true selves project, and the importance of celebrating female artist who are also mothers. Ces sent to me two interesting articles that look at various gender topics in the art world. I've linked them below.
The Representation of Female Artists in Britain in 2019 and Is Gender in the Eye of the Beholder? Identifying Cultural Attitudes With Art Auction Prices.
Follow Ces on Instagram at @cesmcccully for her art and @trueselvesproject for juicy stranger confessions.
Frances Belle Parker started her career with a bang, winning the Blake Prize at age 18 in 2000. This year she had another major highlight. Her artwork titled Angwirri, was projected on to the sails of the Sydney Opera House on the 26th of January. A proud Yaegl woman from Yaygirr Wadyarr, or the Maclean region, in Northern New South Wales, Frances has been creating for over 20 years. In today’s episode we talk about that iconic moment in January this year and the deeper significance around it, her experience at art school, and the vision that inspired her award winning painting for the Blake prize.
Head over to Instagram and follow Frances @francesbelleparkerart
Enjoy meeting the lovely Frances Belle Parker.
Wanda Comrie is getting on with painting and selling her vibrant botanical works. Having found her groove and a market (hello, The Jealous Currator and Ashley Longshore!) Wanda's works are in collections all around the world. Today we chatted about art prizes, the admin and logistics of selling your own work and why Instagram requires more than just a few follows and likes to build a network.
Head on over and follow Wanda @wandacomrie for a hit of colour to lift your spirits!
Enjoy meeting the talented Wanda Comrie.
Arguably one of the most successful Australian school-run art shows, The Grammar Art Show in Toowoomba Queensland, gets bigger and better each year. Rebecca Statton is one of the volunteers who works behind the scenes to make it all happen. This year they showed over 290 artists with over 1000 pieces of works. It's a HUGE show.
Bec joined me to talk about why the show is so popular with collectors and artists alike, what the plans are for the show in the year to come and Bec's advice for both emerging artists and first time collectors.
Follow them on Instagram @grammarartshow
If you're an artist and want to be included in the show, email the crew at email@example.com
Kian Mosharaf is a Dallas born, Barcelona based artist working in the field of illustration. Winning a place in the 2019 Slow Down Studio competition saw Kian's creative career move in the direction of product development. In today’s episode, Kian and I explore the difference between an illustrator and an artist, how he decided on Spain over New York, and how his definition of success has changed over the years.
Head to Kian’s Instagram @kianmosharaf to see his captivating works.
Samantha Dennison was a high school art teacher for 16 years. Along came three children and the need to be flexible with her time, so Samantha picked up the brush and began to paint full time. That was seven years ago now and over that time, she has developed a style that is calm, refined and quietly oh so beautiful.
On today’s episode Samantha and I talk process, continual learning and the line between copying and inspiration.
We mention a number of great artists, but one in particular is Lisa Congdon and her artist manifesto.
Head on over to Samantha’s Instagram @samanthadennisonartist to follow her work.
Enjoy meeting the wonderful Samantha Dennison.
Bethany’s Saab entry onto the Australian art scene has been one most artists dream of.
She was approached by Amber Creswell Bell to join the Michael Reid emerging artist program, was listed in The Design Files and national newspaper The Australian as an artist to watch, and is currently prepping for her second solo show at Michael Reid Northern Beaches.
Not bad for her first year in the industry! Head on over to Bethany’s Instagram @bethanysaabart to follow her emerging artist journey.
Enjoy meeting the lovely Bethany Saab.
Gig Moses, owner and Director of The Moree Gallery, is a great example of the creative vibrancy that blossoms in regional Australia.
On top of her amazing stable of artists, Gig also has a loyal following of collectors. It wasn’t always that way though, Gig has invested over two decades of energy, resources, and love, into getting the gallery to where it is today.
Among other things we talk about her life at the gallery and some misconceptions about Moree, her advice to emerging artists and also new collectors, and how an accident with her beloved dog Freddo lead to finding a new artist for the gallery.
If you don’t all ready, follow Gig on Instagram @themoreegallery
Julie Battisti paints the most glorious billowing clouds and luxurious flowers. Sounds kind of dreamy right? And it is. Escapism is one of her artistic drivers and it's not at all surprising. You could definitely get lost in her works. We chat the artist gallery relationship and why she values it, the sometimes awkward side of money and being an artist, and the commissioning process.
Head to Julie’s instagram @juliebattisti and check out her rich works.
Johnny K is an Australian artist based in the Blue Mountains behind Sydney. His vibrant Australian landscapes have grown in popularity and it's no wonder. They bring a sense of freedom and joy to the viewer. We dived into some of life's big topics - philosophy, the power of the Australian landscape, the gallery artist relationship and his upcoming first solo exhibition at Wentworth Gallery in Sydney.
Head to his Instagram @Johnnykartist and check out his vibrant take on the Australian landscape.
Emerging Australian artist Pi Williams creates art works you just want to touch! The textile artist uses punch needle and variety of wools and yarns to create beautiful works that are rich in colour and texture.
Check out her work on Instagram @piwilliamsart or her website www.piwilliams-art.com
This week we’re off to Wilmington North Carolina in the USA, to chat with emerging American painter Kelsey Howard. It was Kelsey’s portraits of women that initially caught my eye. We spoke about balancing her day job as a nurse and her artistic career, holding her first solo show which sold out, Instagram as a great source of inspiration, and the importance of believing in yourself and finding enjoyment in your practice.
Head to Kelsey’s Instagram page @kelseyhowardart to get an eye full of colour and joy.
Australian figurative painter Robert Malherbe wants to capture the moment. It's an experience he's painting, not a picture. An experience of feelings, of intensity, of light refracting from the round of a hill or the round of a buttock. His loose bold brush strokes give a richness to his paintings that is loved the world over. Today on Interview with an find out if he has any regrets, if his definition of success is changing at all, and the importance of artists supporting artists. Find him on Instagram at @robert_malherbe
Samantha Hobbelen creates paintings that lift you up and leave you feeling pretty darn good. Just like a session hanging out with Sam. We talk about the importance of asking the question, bringing some business brains to a creative life, and see how her career as an artist has evolved since we first spoke in 2019. Find her on instagram @samanthahobbelen
Impasto pallete knife painter Emily Persson began as a teenager, painting murals on her bedroom cupboard. Fast forward 15 years to today and her work is in demand with collectors around the globe. Her journey has been overwhelming, liberating and rewarding and really, Emily is only just getting started. Emily joined me from her home in Melbourne for this week's Interview With An Artist.
If you were to look up the phrase free spirit in the dictionary you would see a picture of gorgeous Alice Linford Forte next to it. The Western Australian artist loves to paint, surf and travel. Before COVID hit, Alice was making her way through central and south America. And as amazing as it all sounds, Alice doesn’t take it for granted. She knows hard work and a supportive family play a big role in her success.
Check our her Insta @theartofalice
Chances are you've read one of the 80 books Andrew McLean has illustrated. Or maybe one of the 15 he and his wife Janet published together. Janet writes the words and Andrew, a painter and drawer, illustrates the pictures. And a lot has changed since their first book came out in 1978, but one thing remains the same, children love a great story.
Check out www.mcleanpicturebooks.com for all Andrew's work.
Yuri Shimmyo tried to give up painting. But she couldn’t. It called her back. And after 40 plus years of painting, this year Yuri was selected as a finalist in the Archibald, one of Australia’s leading portrait prizes. We spoke about why she couldn’t leave the artistic life behind, the juggle of day jobs and creating art, and how her studio is at times a noisy place, with all her paintings talk to her.
Check out her work at www.yurishimmyo.com or on Instagram @yurishimmyo
Yuri joined me from her home in Sydney for this week's show.
Nina Walton draws, paints and creates using needle and thread. It's not weaving, more so painting with thread as Nina puts it. We chat about the timing of life and when we come to things, the limiting nature of labels, the political commentary that accompanies working with thread and how there is beauty and hope in the dissolving of things.
Check out her work at her website www.ninawalton.com or head to her Instagram @ninawaltonart
Bright bold colours. Geometric shapes. You know a Jasmine Mansbridge piece whether you see it on the street or hanging on the wall. The Victorian based artist has a style full of energy and life, inspired by mother nature.
Check out her work at either www.jasminemansbridge.com or head to her instagram @jasmine_mansbridge.
Nathan Hawkes draws richly coloured works that are loose but also full of detail. They are almost fairytale like in the most beautiful of whimsical images. If they sound intriguing, they are. Head on over to his instagram @n.a.t.h.a.n.h.a.w.k.e.s and you'll see exactly what I mean.
Nathan joined me from his home in Sydney for this week’s Interview With An Artist.
Petra Pinn is a Sydney based artist who loves teaching her students, loves trawling through op shops, and hates being pigeonholed.
Her works include all the things she enjoys painting - people, pets, interiors, still lives, landscapes - and sometimes all in one gorgeous piece!
Head to her instagram @petrapinn for a scroll through a colour rich selection of works that are full of life.
Young Archibald Special!
This week we meet two amazing young artists Tillie Moyle, 13 and Thea-Bella Taylor 12, both are finalists in Australia's national portrait prize, the Young Archies. You can check out Thea's work on her instagram or website - Quirky Critters.
Sarah Bishop gets on with life.
Whether it's working on her rural property in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, raising her two children as they move into their teenage years, or drawing into the night with a scotch in hand and love for the madness that is hyper-realistic drawing. Sarah also paints, with her studio muse, the cutest pony you have ever seen, and a world of inspiration right out side her door.
Head to her Instagram page @sarahbishopartist and you'll see the breadth of her creative expertise.
Joy. Passion. Dedication. They’re all there in Sarah’s story. Also gratitude and a positive outlook for making the most of what life has to offer.
We laughed our way through this week’s interview as we talk about overnight success, sage advice from her dad and the value of community.
Sarah joined me from her property in the Hunter Valley for this week’s Interview With An Artist.
Josh Charadia graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017. This year, a mere three years later, he was named a finalist in the Sulman, a prestigious Australian art prize. A proud moment for both Josh and his parents. When Josh was younger he would pester his father to get out his water paints and show Josh how to improve.
Roller coaster is a a word Josh uses a lot throughout our chat. And it's understandable. The life of any creative is one of great highs and doubt invoking lows. Learning to ride them out and stay on track is a big part of the artists path, and Josh is taking it all in his stride and his paves the way for a bright artistic life.
Check out Josh's Instagram @joshification for his beautiful art and to stay across upcoming exhibitions.
Josh joined me from his studio in Sydney for this week's Interview With An Artist.
French born Australian artist Noelle Rigaudie makes pieces that would look at home in the palace of French King Louis XV. Elegant. Sophisticated. Refined. And made of cardboard. Yes, that's right, cardboard. What started as a fun craft exercise in 2006, turning a pizza box into a simple frame, has evolved to a fine art practice. Ornate mirrors, stylish sideboards, beautiful chairs, pieces that dance on the boundary of fine art and functional furniture.
We talk everything from second careers, to her big break with Sibella Court and Antrhopologie, to securing gallery representation with Sally Dan Cuthbert. Noelle also has some fantastic advice for gallery goers, and sticking to her roots, it involves an analogy cheese shopping at a market.
Britty Em is a force of nature. Just like her paintings. Full of life and energy and passion, the Gold Coast artist creates colour filled works that stop you in your tracks. Head to her Instagram page @britty.em and you'll see what I mean.
At 17 Britty held her first solo show and it sold out. However she left the easel behind and opened her own design agency, after studying both fine art and architecture. With a 10 years absence from the art world, Britty decided the time was right to come back. And what a re-entry it’s been. She was picked up by a gallery almost immediately and has seen her following grow year on year.
It took us a few month to finally align calendars so you’ll hear my exclamation. It’s a wide ranging conversation about her work and also the direction of the art world in general.
Britty Em joined me from her home on the Gold Coast for this week’s Interview With An Artist
Jo White creates with emotion.
It’s a feeling she’s following when painting scenes and people from regional Australia, an Australia of times gone by. Of farming families packing up station wagons for the annual beach holiday. Of shearing sheds and old trucks. Of social outings such as the local cricket game or tennis at a friends. Traditions that continue today but back then, pre-internet, pre-mobile phones, pre-colour TV, they were lifelines of connection. And regardless of whether people grew up on the land or in the city, lovers of good art love Jo’s work.
Head to her Instagram page @jowhitestudio and I guarantee you will feel the emotion I'm talking about.
Jo joined me from her home in Armidale in regional New South Wales for this week's Interview With An Artist.
Marisa Veerman's work will stop you in your tracks. Firstly because it's breathtaking. Secondly because you will be doing your best to try and figure out what it is. Is it a photo? Is there some stitching on it? But the finish kind of looks like a painting?
Marisa's work is true mixed media. Her grounding in fine art photography combined with her career in textiles and visual merchandising marry beautifully to result in Marisa's art. Portraits of women and girls, caught mid movement, creating an exquisite and surprisingly calming viewing experience.
Unique is a word I don't use lightly, but it's appropriate when describing Marisa's work. Head to her Instagram page @marisa_veerman to see what I mean.
Marisa joined me from her home in Brisbane Queensland, for this week's Interview With An Artist.
Luke Shadbolt is part storm chaser, part stunt man, part photographic artist. He puts himself in some incredible and sometimes dangerous situations, to capture the power of the ocean. His images illustrate mother nature's mighty force with an intensity and emotion that is impossible to ignore. And that's important to Luke, he wants you to take notice. He wants to remind you of the beauty and the power of the ocean. He's also is more interested in the process than the end result. The trait of a true artist.
Head to his Instagram @lukeshadbolt and you will see a feed of the most amazing range of photos, including a few of his wife and new baby. You see Luke's just become a Dad for the first time and it's brought the sometime level of danger in his work, right into focus.
Luke joined me from his Australian base on the central New South Wales coast for this week's Interview With An Artist.
Robert Brownhall drowned as a three year old. He was revived and given a slim chance of making it through the night. But he did. Now in his early 50s, it's only in recent years that Rob decided to revisit the trauma that has coloured his life. Literally. From the subject matter he paints, to the golden hue in his work, to his preference for being up high whether in the tops or trees or buildings . Rob Brownhall paints with a sensitivity that speaks to his deep thinking nature. Head to his instagram page @robertbrownhallartist to see what I mean.
He joined me from his home in Brisbane for this week's Interview With An Artist.
Miranda Lorikeet sat bored in front of a computer at the age of 22. A receptionist for an insurance company, the role was anything but creative. Enter Microsoft Paint. Like most desktops, Ms Paint was installed. Miranda unleashed her creative urges and began what would soon become an artistic career as one of the very few, and very talented Ms Paint Artists. She creates wanderlust landscapes with little naked women running around, climbing mountains, and swimming in lagoons. And also still life pieces that make the ordinary seem somehow more exciting. Vibrant and playful, Miranda's work captures a mood that you just want more of. You'll see what I mean on her Instagram @mirandalorikeet
Miranda joined me from her home in Sydney for this week's Interview With An Artist.
Edward Waring grew up in a time when the good glasses and the good crystal were saved for special occasions. Objects too precious for the everyday, However now, head along to your local op shop and you’ll find shelves of them. Crystal vases and glass sets noone wants any more. That is until Edward gets his hands on them.
Edward is an assemblage artist with a fabulous ability to look at things and see a way of putting them together, to breathe new life into them. From his Champagne Tables, to his Memory Sticks to his Tables of Limited Knowledge, Edward creates beautiful art with things considered out of date. Head to his instagram page @edwardwaring and you'll find a treasure trove of beauties.
Edward joined me from his home in Sydney, for this week’s Interview With An Artist.
Jayde Chandler needed a couple of glasses of good wine, and an encouraging nudge from her husband to exhibit her first painting. The piece was included in a fundraiser for drought relief and sold for $2000. Not bad for a painting that never had any intention of being seen publicly. That was two years ago now and Jayde’s creative practice has gone from strength to strength. In between raising four young children and helping out on the cattle and sheep property she runs with her husband, Jayde creates vibrant colour rich paintings.
Jayde joined me from north west regional Queensland for this week’s Interview With An Artist.
Head to her Instagram @jayde_chandler_art and follow for regular hits of colour and joy.
Claudia Miranda took a chance. In 2018 she was a mum with a young baby and a steady job. But it wasn’t enough. There was a calling within her to create. So she took the leap and picked up a pen. Inspired by Picasso’s The Kiss, she drew her first piece. The Lovers. And it sold, quickly. So she drew another. And that sold. And before Claudia knew it, she had commissions out the door and brands knocking for collaborations. You see Claudia creates with heart and soul. And you can feel that when you look at her work or scroll through her instagram feed. Her comments are small pearls of wisdom, little dopamine hits for your heart.
I sat down with Claudia, 1.5 ms apart, in her Sydney home, for this week’s Interview With An Artist.
Ema Shin is a softly spoken textile artist born in Japan to a lineage of both Japanese and Korean family. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. Ema uses the age old craft of embroidery and weaving to create powerful, feminine pieces. Pieces that honour the women in her life, such as her mother and her grandmother. You see in Korean family trees, it’s tradition is to track the men, namely the first born males. In Ema’s family tree of 35 generations there is not one woman's name. Which is really interesting because it takes two to tango right? And then a woman has to give birth to a baby for the next generation of the family tree to continue.
Ema joined me from her Melbourne studio for this week's Interview With An Artist.
You can check out Ema’s work on Instagram at the handle @ema.shin
Laura Jones cares. Behind the broad brush strokes and bold colours of her paintings there is great thought. Thought about what is happening to the environment and to our society. Laura observes the way we humans are impacting the world and responds with her paint brush. A creative evolution that has so far incorporated landscapes, still life and an Archibald finalist portrait. Laura has a breadth of talent matched by a depth of conviction and she joined me from her Sydney studio, for this week's Interview With An Artist.
Find her work on instagram @_laura_jones_
Leah Fraser has a wild imagination. The self-confessed history and fantasy nerd paints whimsical mythical paintings. Pictures of characters who could easily have epic novels written about them. And although the artist has been away from the canvas, raising her two babes. She’s back. And she’s excited. Excited to see the evolution of her work as her life expands. Leah joined me from her Sydney studio, for this week’s Interview With An Artist.
You can check out Leah's work on instagram @lelefraser
Looking at a painting by Beth Gibbeson is like getting a sneak peak into her soul. Her pieces are big, bold, colour rich works based on warm tones. Because Beth hates to be cold. And her life is big and bold. She has lived in Egypt, she's married and has four children, she plays her studio music LOUD. From impromptu dance parties with her kids, to finding what she was good at when she was young, to sharing her passion with the students she teaches, Beth's life is full of colour. The Melbourne based artist joined me for this week's Interview With An Artist.
Head to her instagram @bethgibbeson to get a glorious colour fix.
At the tender age of 12 David Hinchliffe was seduced by the bohemian artists painting in his Brisbane inner city suburb. It was the 1960's. These artists drank WINE at a time when beer was the standard. They painted all day while others toiled in "real jobs". Drawn to creativity, David tried his hand at the canvas and found there was something there. He sold his first piece at age 12 for $20, a considerable sum given his father's weekly wage at the time was $30. But even with the talent, the passion, and the desire, David's life took a different turn. A calling to civil service, to contribute to the city he loved, saw him enter politics. There he stayed for 25 years, painting when time permitted. David finally gave himself to the canvas full time In 2011. From his first solo show in 1976, to now being represented around the world, David Hinchliffe still has much more to give. Head to his instagram page @davidhinchliffeartist to see his stunning work.
He joined me from his Brisbane studio for this week's Interview With An Artist.
Sydney based painter Eliza Gosse has a penchant for the past. More specifically, mid century architecture. Her paintings evoke feelings of nostalgia for days gone by. Think your classic 50s or 60s roadside motel with clean lines in muted colours. And Eliza’s not the only one with fondness for the aesthetic. Since graduating from her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017, Eliza has held a number of solo shows, finished as a finalist multiple times in the well regarded Ravenswood Female Art Award and won a number of prizes including the People Choices award in the Waverley Art Prize.
Go to her Instagram page @elizagosse and I bet you'll find yourself smiling at memories evoked by her paintings.
Western Australian artist Lori Pensini began painting out of obligation. Twenty years on, she now paints out of passion. Feverish to know if she has enough time to paint all the stories she has to tell. Stories of ancestors. Stories of Australia. Stories of life on the land. A legacy eight generations deep with her children the potential ninth. This emotional and spiritual connection comes through in Lori’s work. Particularly in the eyes of the people and children she paints. The complexity she captures in their stares requires more than just skill with a brush.
Head to Lori's instagram page @loripensini and you will see what I mean.
Pip Spiro's path to much loved Australian painter has had a few detours. First a business degree. Then a period working in advertising in London. And then a move back home to mum and dad’s after quitting work to pursue her creative passion. Her first solo exhibition in 2018 sold out and since then her following has only grown.
Pip paints colour rich still lifes, with a recent series containing botanicals and shells, mother nature’s own works of art. What makes Pip’s work even more outstanding, is that she paints in water colours. If you have ever had a play with water colours you will know they are unforgiving. One wrong stroke and your picture is ruined. Pip uses layer upon layer to achieve a depth in colour that belies the medium. She joined me for this week’s Interview With An Artist from her studio in Brisbane.
You can check out Pip’s work on Instagram @pipspiro
Jumping castles inspired by mental asylums. Industrial grade confetti blowers. Copyright infringement treasure hunts. These are not your typical accoutrement to the fine art world and Cj Hendry is not your typical fine art world contender. A highly skilled, self taught drawer of hyper realistic images, Hendry knows there is a game to be played. And she’s playing it, by her own rules.
From selling her first piece in 2013 for $10000, to now selling pieces of hundreds of thousands of dollars, Hendry has come a long way. And yet, there’s still further to go.
Check out her work at www.cjhendry.live or on Instagram @cjhendry