Berry Artist of the Week – KIRSTY GRIFFITHS

How long have you been an artist?

I have been an artist all my life having been self-taught. I was also good at sport having been a good runner and swimmer in school, but my love of art has been my life focus.

When I left school to study at TAFE, I studied a few years towards a Graphic Design Diploma but left to work in NSW for five years where I completed a clerical trainee ship. While in Sydney I did some commission work - a racehorse oil on canvas, and some local views of the of the Eastern suburb coastline.

In 2005 I left the Western Australian public service to fulfil my dream of getting a degree at University and graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2010.

I am currently involved in my local arts crafts group TRYCAN at the Mary Lindsay Homestead, Yanchep and am a former member (5 years) of the Sun City Artists Association in Two Rocks, in Perth, Western Australia.

Living with bipolar I have faced challenges such as not being able to work full time, so over the past 15 years I have worked as a casual and focused on my art.

Have you entered any competitions or exhibitions?

Kelmscott Show - Commended

1996- Sydney Royal Easter Show – Red Eared Firetail- coloured pencil on illustration board – ‘Commended’.

2008 – Royal Agricultural Society of WA Exhibition- ‘View from the Chairlift at the Show’ – Scraperboard’ - Award of Merit’.

2009- ECU Mt Lawley Western Australia – School of Communications & Arts- Visual Arts Graduates Exhibition ‘Whitewall’.

City of Wanneroo Art Awards

2014 – City of Joondalup Art Awards – ‘Discards’ (Green Bottle) -oil on canvas

2015 – Sun City Artists Association- Exhibition titled ‘People Places & Things’

- Acorn Banksia, oil on canvas

What do you love about art?

I love the freedom of expression.

What is your motivation?

I’m motivated to create new and interesting images, creating an original with every picture .

How would you describe your style?

My art ranges from realism, to dabbling in abstraction, to abstract pictures of tulips.

Who/what are your influences?

I am influenced by Monet and the Impressionists - the colours, light and dark tones. I also like to capture local scenes, Australian images and landscape.

What are some of your favourite personal works?

Some of my favourite personal works include the ‘Pumpkins still life’ (1998), I think everyone likes it as it is painted in a realistic style.

‘Acorn Banksia’ (b.Prionotes) (2008) is another favourite artwork. This painting was completed as part of my university studies in the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts. It is inspired by my surroundings, the bush and the effects of human habitation on nature. Another favourite is ‘East Meets West’ - 2011, oil on canvas. East Meets West is a still life and it captures the greens and grey tones of the background. There is a yellow table runner (which I acquired from a stopover in Hong Kong) and other collected objects including an elephant ornament.

What is your creative process?

In my creative process I do preliminary sketches, studies in colour, and experimentation. I work on canvas, paper or scraper-board using printmaking, pastels and mixed media including coloured pencil and fine liners.

What are your goals?

My goals are to enter more exhibitions, have my own exhibition, and do more commissions.


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