Portraiture, Landscape and Still Life
I am passionate about creating a mood within my paintings that conveys emotion to the viewer. I enjoy portraiture and painting people going about their lives or a landscape scene that has evoked a memory or an emotion in me. At the end of the day, each painting must ultimately be about what it means to the viewer, when a viewer connects with one of my paintings at a personal level I feel that I have succeeded.
I am a Melbourne-based artist who was born in South America, Chile.
In my first year of university, I was introduced to Australian artist Mr. Dudley Drew who was my mentor over many years. My preferred mediums are oil paints and pastels. Oils allow me to push and pull the paint to its limits, and the multi-layering aspect of the creative process that leads the painting to take the form intended is intensely satisfying. This flexibility provides endless learning possibilities within the one painting. Pastel medium is less forgiving but beautiful just the same.
I am fascinated by the delicate dance of light and shade that can be choreographed by color and tone. Through this journey, I continue to seek inspiration from subjects that evoke emotion, art that pokes my memory. My early fascination with the works of the masters of Romanticism, John Constable, and Karl Friedrich, coupled with my admiration for realism, has led me to connect to the Romantic Realism style.
Naturally, there are many artists past and present and of various Disciplines from whom I draw ongoing inspiration, artists such as; El Greco, Velazquez, Dudley Drew, Margaret Ollie, Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, Sidney Nolan, Carlos Catasse, Camilo Mori, Marie Bracquemond, Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, Ariane Beigneux and an array of others, well known or not.
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.