Spotlight on Berry Artist – MELANIE NOUCHY

How long have you been an artist?

I don’t feel comfortable with the word artist. Perhaps I need therapy! I have been creating things since I was a child. I have been selling things I have created for about 10 years.

How did you get involved?

After having children, I found I had more spare time to create. Once I found that time, the effect on my mental health was apparent, so it became a matter of keeping creating as often as possible.

Have you entered any competitions or exhibitions? If so which ones

No. Scary. Maybe one day.

What do you love about art? What is your motivation?

I love colour. Colour combinations. And techniques. I love uncovering the layers to how a painting came to be. So many layers. And I love the way it makes me feel when I’m doing it. Calm, but excited too.

How would you describe your style?

Eastern, folk, henna linework.

Who/what are your influences?

Henna Art, Batik fabric, Balinese gardens. Indian Sari’s. European folk art.

What are some of your favourite personal works?

My favourite is whichever one I’m working on usually! I love ‘The Lovers’ as the linework is so perfect. I love ‘Goldie’ too as the brushstrokes are loose and free!

What is your creative process?

For my previous series, I worked mostly in turquoise, black and peach. I start after the kids go to school by playing some chilled 70’s music mostly. I prep the background in one flat colour, and then draw the circle guidelines in chalk pencil. The I hit it with my Posca Pens. I don’t have a design in mind, I just let each circle be what it needs to be to work with proportion and shape balance.

For my current series, I’m experimenting. I save images of fabric swatches, eastern tiles, colour combinations, pages from books... And use a lot of modge podge to collage and create layers. Then I loosely add the design in chalk pencil and see where it takes me.

What are your goals (if any)?

My goal is to digitalise my art to experiment where else I can take it.

Lifestyle wise, my goal is to retire in Ubud (Bali) and paint all day.


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