Louise’s current focus is creating still-life paintings that capture the beauty of nature and moments of quiet reflection. Her subjects are driven by her love of the natural world and a desire to slow down and observe nature. For example watching buds bloom, blossoms morph into fruit, leaves pale and fall. Her compositions strive for elegance and simplicity, with a timeless modern vibe, that is interestingly in contrast to her painting technique which was derived from classical training. Her paint handling focuses on creating subtle differences between lights and darks, with areas of transparency in the shadows and thick opacity in the lights. Her colour palette reflects her love of greens, blues, neutrals and the ever classic black.
Louise’s drawings and paintings are all completed from life allowing her to observe, understand and interpret nature and light in all its complexity. She paints like sculpting, not relying on what she sees, but how she understands the form to be turning; pushing and pulling objects into and out of the canvas with changes in value and chroma.
The aim of her painting is to bring enjoyment to the viewer and a moment of calm in this busy world.
Louise is currently based in the Bay Area, California, but planning to move home to Australia in January 2022 to work from a studio based in the hills of Adelaide. She studied full-time at Grand Central Atelier NYC in 2016 and 2017 before moving to the Bay Area. Prior to this she studied Batchelor and Master’s degrees in science and worked as an environmental/groundwater scientist in Australia for 10 years. But she always loved painting and drawing and in 2016 made a massive leap to pursue her passion by moving to the other side of the world to study with the artists she admired most (Jacob Collins and Justin Wood). Yes, a big life change, but she hasn’t looked back.
Since leaving her studies at GCA Louise has been focused on refining her skills and personal painting style through dedicated painting in her studio. Louise has shown work in several exhibitions in Australia and in the USA, and is currently showing regularly with Collins Galleries in Cape Cod, USA. Details of these exhibitions are outlined below.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2021 – Collins Galleries, Summer Exhibition (Cape Cod, MA, USA)
2021 – Collins Galleries, Bringing in the May (Cape Cod, MA, USA)
2021 – Still Life, Elliott Fouts Gallery (Sacromento, USA)
2020 – Still, Sugarlift Gallery (NYC, USA)
2019 – Mitcham Art Prize (SA)
2019 – Lethbridge Gallery 10000 Finalist (QLD)
2019 – Calleen Art Award Finalist (NSW)
2018 – Eutick Memorial Still Life Award Finalist (NSW)
2018 – Doug Moran Portrait Prize Finalist (NSW)
2018/2019 – Walkerville Art show (SA)
2018/2019 – Glenside Art show (SA)
2018 – Lethbridge Gallery 10000 Finalist (QLD)
2018 – Fleurieu Biennale Satellite Exhibition (SA)
2018 – Emma Hack Art Prize (SA)
2017 – Grand Central Atelier Scholarship (NYC)