Natalie O'Connor | Australian Artist

Natalie O'Connor is an artist, educator, PHD student and mother.  Natalie for the past 10 years has been a one of Winsor and Newtons  The Fine Art Collective’s resident artists, she has provided educational programs and technical advice on Winsor & Newton materials to fellow artists she has inspired many with her  passion, knowledge, and challenging approach to traditional media.  Painting  from her studio at home in Point Hacking she works with water colours and acrylics to explore her fascination with colour. Having recently returned from Lake Mungo her latest work explores the barren landscape of the Australia outback. It was a very inspiring morning being able to spent time with  Natalie and listen to her  talk about her art but also her passion to engage and educate with other painters especially women. You can find Natalie on Instagram instagram.com/oconnornatalie

Carla Hananiah | Australian Painter

I met with Carla last week to photograph her in her Petersham studio. Brimming with with her new  body of work  layered up against the walls ready to send to the  framers for her next show at the Art House Gallery.  Carla was adding the finishing touches to the last painting  but being  a working mother Cala was also  juggling the needs of her vivacious three year old Juliette .

It was Juliettes day off from pre school so it was fitting that she accompany her mum to the studio wearing a sweatshirt  with one of Carla's paintings on it. Carla has collaborated with Mad About Mini , her painting “Mountains” is   featured on a selection of childrens wear that is part of their  2017 Winter Collection. Carla has an incredible talent for capturing all that is breathtaking and majestic about nature. This particular watercolour is a scene from one of her favourite spots in the south island of New Zealand, a place she refers to as ‘paradise’.  Needless to say Juliette really stole the show on the day and the love of this young mum  and her gorgeous daughter  was so gorgeous to photograph.

Susan Baird | Artist

I spent the morning with Susan Baird shooting her working in her Leichhardt studio. Susan is known for her landscape painting and represented in Sydney by Arthouse Gallery and in Melbourne by Flinders Lane Gallery. 

Susan has a show Land By Water opening in Melbourne on the 2nd May 2017 - 20th May 2017

"Baird’s paintings are not just based on pure observation of visual phenomena. When she returns to the studio the artist sets about harnessing a remembered moment, conjuring the interplay of form, shape, light and colour to distill sensations and emotions experienced while out in the field. It is this that drives her practice, the search for a visual language that expresses both optic memory and her own internalized reaction to it."   Marguerite Brown 2014