Woman of Art Exhibition | Thomas Surfboards, Noosa
25 SEPT - 17 OCT         THOMAS SURFBOARDS, NOOSA

We acknowledge the Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) people as the traditional custodians of this land on which we walk and work.

We honour and pay respects to their ancestors, elders and emerging generations.

Woman

of

Art.

Montana Lower of Murals For Change

Stacy Madden of Woven Husk

Michelle Pash of Pash Pottery

Lisa Morgan Art

Sophia Laryea

Emilia Spencer-Brown of Bloodwood Botanica

Holly Ryan

Alicia Sharples

Elle-louise Burguez

Loralee Newitt

Zali Bartholomew of Rainbows of Rae

Odessa Mahony-de Vries

Tess Miller

Ebony Busk

Lauren Jones

Caitlyn Edwards

Evelyn Marina Art

Clare Wright

Jedda Purchase

Bec Walker of Sunshine and Salty Kisses

Moriah Overall

Montana Lower of Murals For Change


Bio

Montana Lower is an Australian artist, activist, environmental engineer, influencer and founder of not-for-profit organisation Murals for Change. Her deep and change-inspiring passion for art grew from her childhood in Fiji and then Far North Queensland – painting was a means for expression, escape and creative exploration.

Her belief that art is a positive and inspiring way to communicate and respond to life, led to her mission of ‘Painting a better world’ through Murals for Change. Acting to inspire vulnerability, honesty, self awareness, connection and courage among all, Montana looks to nature, the self and the realness of life as a starting point in her practice.

Instagram: @montanalower @muralsforchange

Q&A with Montana...

Hi Montana, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I try to create in every aspect of my being, from dancing and movement to cooking, making and painting, to express whatever element of life inspires me! Painting is my main form of creative practice though and my studio wherever I happen to be – Tom built me a space inside our bus to store all my materials so I’m always ready to create wherever we are on the road for Murals for Change. I create drawing inspiration from the things that sit closest to my heart – motherhood, the earth and Blue have been an incredible source of inspiration and motivation.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

Practice and creating things I love! The sunflower has always been my favourite and creating it through my painting practice has since become second nature, hence it’s appearance across so many of my murals and artworks. I just follow my instincts and stay true to myself, responding to the causes and ideas that inspire me at any given time.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

Murals for Change is the manifestation of the hopes and dreams for my work. I want to see my artworks and those of like-minded artists incite meaningful change while inspiring other people along the way. I want art to be a way of connecting with other people who want to make tangible changes in their everyday lives.

Art for me has always been a way to have tough conversations about all kinds of contemporary issues in a way that helps people understand the emotional, spiritual and logistical complexities. Once you begin to understand something within the context of your own life and existence you can begin enacting things that help solve worldly problems. From climate change to mental health and gender equality, art is key to change. We facilitate each project and workshop with this mentality and so far we’re exploding with new connections and positive outcomes. Art is an incredible and essential tool for connecting, learning and communicating.

Oh and if I can do all these things while living in our bus Mooncake and surrounded by nature, I’ll be happy beyond measure.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Connecting with people, adapting and as of late, listening to myself and responding to my needs! Also balancing being a mum, doing all things Murals for Change and my other projects!

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

I’m surrounded by so many incredible humans and have a very close knit group of women who support, honour and uplift me. Obviously my beautiful little family – Tom and Blue!

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Create your own path and don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. Don’t be afraid to start! Giving back to your community and the earth!

Exhibiting Work

Self Portrait

Acrylic on ply
50cm x 70cm
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Stacy Madden of Woven Husk


Bio

"There's poetry to be made from what nature discards..."

My work celebrates the intricate beauty of natural materials and their potential to be repurposed, highlighting the perfect imperfection of worn and patinated surfaces. Materials with a story to tell.

Q&A with Stacy...

Hi Stacy, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

My work is about embracing 'perfect imperfection' and repurposing materials that nature discards. I forage, weave, thread and shape natural materials to create sculptural and installation style pieces.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I find inspiration everywhere! The materials I use have a huge influence also, as the coastal area I live in. I take that and run with it and my love of interiors always seems to influence my work. I always create a design with a space in mind.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

To keep evolving and learning, to always be trying new things and pushing my own limits. I'd love for things to keep unfolding organically the way it has so far.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Not sure if it's a superpower but my intuition is strong and I've learn over time to never ignore it, it's always right. My 'mum glare' is pretty good too... just ask my kids! No words required, the glare says it all!

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

Me too! I'm also inspired by anyone with passion and a fire in their belly - and the guts and determination to follow their dreams. People who are truly original inspire me too, long with those who are generous and humble.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

When you find your passion follow it, hard! Don't take others' negativity on board. Build up your resilience and listen to your gut. And know at the end of the day everything will work out just as its meant to be x

Exhibiting Work

Bulu

Dried leave on wire
160cm x 120cm
$950
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Michelle Pash of Pash Pottery


Bio

Experimenting with wheel throwing and connecting different wheel-thrown components, I make vases that explore form. I like to create vases that have interesting silhouettes and are a unique shape. The marbling of the different clay in these vases is also something of intrigue to me.

Looking at the different marbled colours, you can see the motion of swirling hues with the resemblance to clouds of a setting sky or natural patterns seen in wood and stone. These are functional vases that are an experimentation of form and pay homage to patterns seen in nature.

Q&A with Michelle...

Hi Michelle, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I am a potter that specialises in wheel-throwing and make vases made up of different wheel-thrown components to make unusual vase shapes.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

The combination of my interest in ceramic form and wheel throwing has created my signature style, where I arrange different wheel-thrown components together to make unusual pottery vases.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

To have a long life with pottery. To keep learning the craft and creating because the possibilities for what I imagine and have seen made with ceramics is endless. I hope to keep having the opportunities to share my work and one day teach ceramics to people that share the same passion.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Patience, openness to different ideas and experiences, and a love for nature, that can keep me grounded and be a constant source of inspiration.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

My mother Estrella because she is very hardworking, generous and loving. She inspires me to work hard to keep pursuing my art.

The other women that inspire me are my lecturer Ulrike and all the women I studied art with at uni. Their artwork told me so many stories about their lives and opened me up to new ideas. We are all still friends after finishing our studies and still, support and inspire each other now. Lastly, my friends, they are all creative and beautiful.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Don't be afraid of trying new things. It doesn't matter if you succeed or fail at what you try. What is most important is allowing yourself to learn, whether you learn something new or it doesn't work out, you still learn from all experiences and everything you learn is yours and that is the most amazing gift you can give yourself.

Exhibiting Work

Knot Vase

Ceramic
21cm
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Marbled Sky Vase

Ceramic
19cm
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Lisa Morgan Art


Bio

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with objects it loves” (Carl Gustav Jung)

I began this work in response to Tim Minchin’s song “White Wine in the Sun” during a time when we have more to celebrate than ever before, not less. This piece talk of certain places in landscape or time, in the season of spring and in moments past – it has relevant meaning and importance to me. It speaks of playing with different textures, different detailing, different shapes. Incorporating my love of the landscape, the seasons, the shapes and patterns in nature that so absorb me. It speaks of happier times, remembered moments, friends, laughter, good times

Q&A with Lisa...

Hi Lisa, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I am essentially a visual artist/painter working on canvas, sometimes on paper using the medium of acrylics, oil, charcoals and oil sticks.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I delve into the notion of expressing myself through the very essence of playfulness as in being open to anything that may happen, an honest observation of my life, a creative vision with a playful quality. Sometimes my work begins with simple marks, sometimes made outdoors, mostly in the studio. Other times the marks are more structured and bold. There is never a plan, it takes time for me to settle in to whatever the theme or thought was that triggered the initial idea. My work is mostly inspired by the landscape but also the written word such as haiku, poetry or maybe a piece I have read.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

“Everything you can imagine is real” Pablo Picasso - for me, the rest is still unwritten, I am open to the great unknown!

What are your top 3 superpowers?

If you are speaking of what I wish they could be these are it!
- to facilitate the ways and means to solve climate change
- to facilitate the ways and means to bring peace and love to every corner of the world
- to facilitate the ways and means to extend an education to every child on the planet

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

Women Artists
Helen Frankenthaler
Joan Mitchell
Ann Thompson
Dame Louise Henderson
Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken
Frances Hodgkins
Sally Gabori
Elisabeth Cummings

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

My advice for younger artists - “Your work isn’t a high stakes, nail-biting professional challenge, it is a form of play. Lighten up and have fun with it (Sol LeWitt)

Against all your internal chatter, delve into the notion of expressing yourself through the very essence of playfulness as in being open to anything that may happen, an honest observation of life in your own lane

Exhibiting Work

White Wine in the Sun

Oil on canvas
120x120cm
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Sophia Laryea


Bio

Sophia Laryea is an international dancer, model and actress.

Exhibiting Work

And then there was a glitch in the matrix

Dance


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Emilia Spencer-Brown of Bloodwood Botanica


Bio

We work from a place of love. Love for our beautiful couples and brands who have entrusted us to create for them, love for each and every single flower we work with and love for the fire that the creative process sparks within us.

We strive to create something pure and unique that is truly a reflection of you and your vision. As we continue to work with amazing clients and vendors we are continuously finding new inspiration for our own unique creations. Our style and creative process is constantly evolving as we are always excited to create new and less standard ideas and concepts, this means that we typically keep ahead of trends to create something new yet timeless.

With a creative team led by Emilia Spencer-Brown, any hands that touch the flowers holds an essence of creativity and perfectionism that Bloodwood has come to be known for.

Based in the Noosa hinterland, we lucky enough to create in some of Australia’s most beautiful places including Noosa, Brisbane, Byron Bay and all the way down to our home town of Sydney.

Exhibiting Work

Holly Ryan


Bio

Australian artist Holly Ryan is recognised for her hand-carved sculptures that pay homage to the female form and explore the female experience. Looking back to touchstones of modern sculpture, the artist breathes new expressions into abstract faces and movements into bodily forms. Her background as a jewellery maker has long informed the way she honours the materiality of each piece that passes through her hands. With an organic yet refined approach to aesthetic principles, Ryan often turns to the natural world and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi for inspiration.

Holly Ryan was born on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland in 1988. Her recent exhibitions include, ‘Exhale' Jerico Contemporary 2019, 'A Carved Revelation' Jerico Contemporary, 2018 and 'Christiane Spangsberg & Holly Ryan' Jerico Contemporary Booth, Sydney Contemporary, 2018. The artist currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Holly Ryan is represented by Jerico Contemporary.

Q&A with Holly...

Hi Holly, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

In my jewellery practice I create future heirlooms, in my sculpture practice I create abstract faces and bodily forms.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

My process is highly emotional, it is my catharsis. I carve my shapes innately, it is a very organic process that comes from within.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

To empower others and bring them joy.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

My determination, my ability to juggle and also to delegate. I wouldn't be where where I am without my fire team of wonderful women at Holly Ryan HQ!!

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

My best friends who are all driven, powerful and gracious women. My idols however are Barbara Hepworth and Patti Smith.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Stop comparing yourself or your work to that of others, looking within and following your intuition is the most meaningful way to forge a path of your own.

Exhibiting Work

You Bring me Warmth

Hebel stone sculpture
18.5cm x 18cm x 5cm
$800
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Alicia Sharples


Bio

As a visual storyteller Alicia uses illustrations to express the transience of life and death. In this artwork Autumn, augmented reality is used to show a tree losing its leaves, it represents the seasons of life.

The imminent march towards our death represented as leaves slowly fade and fall off the tree, a fleeting moment in nature capturing the changing nature of life.

Q&A with Alicia...

Hi Alicia, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I am a visual storyteller through illustrations. I create hand drawn films that touch on some delicate subjects.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

Using a base of watercolour I use a lot of colour and abstracted charcoal and pastel in slow moving hand drawn animations to tell stories that evoke emotions and bring emotional stories to life.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

To touch people with deep stories by evoking emotion and giving the audience an opportunity to connect to a deep part of themselves, whilst witnessing someone else’s story creating a sense of universality.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Creativity
Truth
Relatability

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

My energy Mentor- Lynette Arkadie from the WooWoo Verse.

My best friends and their ability to always see the best in me - makes me want to keep being a better person.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of Women who Run with Wolves – the collector of transformational myths.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Follow your dreams, follow your heart, follow your gut. These three guidance centres will connect you to all you need to know.

Exhibiting Work

Autumn

Mixed media on paper
120cm x 90cm
$4,900
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Elle-louise Burguez


Bio

Elle-louise Burguez, Painter & Musican:

Colour is everything to me. Through mixing pastel pinks, bright vermilion reds and cobalt blues, my mood can be uplifted and my mind hushed.

I love to intuitively create by tapping into my truest self, letting ideas flow quickly and without overthinking.

What do I wish to say with my art?

You can take from my work what you please.

I guess, I am exploring thousands of thoughts and emotions throughout the creation of my paintings.

For now I will say: Let go. Act from the heart, always coming back to love. Be playful and bright, allowing yourself to feel every emotion that comes up, no matter what colour it is.

I wish to bring myself and the viewer back to a sense of peace and a place of wonder.

Elle xx

Q&A with Elle...

Hi Elle, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I create dreamy, colourful paintings on canvas and paper. My paintings are full of objects, furniture, flowers and many more things. Sometimes I am inspired by ancient Persian or Indian artwork, and sometimes just be ordinary life. It is always flowing and changing.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

Over around 8 years I have developed my own style of painting. Bright colours have always been my focus and a sense of aesthetic that is pleasing and calming to my eye. It has been a very intuitive and playful process that has led me to my signature style. I create worlds I want to be in or daydream in. Colour is everything. Exploring different parts of the world has inspired me, as well as exploring my own psyche and what brings me simple joys and inspiration.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

My biggest dreams include holding my own sell-out art show in Australia and in Paris, painting very large works, painting the cover of Vogue magazine, creating children's books, for my work to always fulfil and enrich my life, and for my paintings to make other people feel GOOD.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Unconditional love, my wild imagination and my power to be in touch with the Spiritual world.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

I am inspired by SO many women. At the moment: Cassi Namoda, my best friends, my mum, Zoe Kravitz, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Dance, Sade, Sailor Mars.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Always come back to love, use your senses to remain in the moment, ask your belly when making tough decisions, remain playful and bright, laugh every day, swim in the ocean, be kind to animals, be kind to our planet, be kind to yourself, be kind to everyone around you and continue to learn and create everyday no matter what.

Exhibiting Work

Fill the Room with Flowers

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
91.5cm x 122.1cm
$3200
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Loralee Newitt


Bio

My painting practice is concerned with the places in which we reside - physical, mental or otherwise - and the impacts our chosen surroundings imprint on us, and vice versa.

These spaces are depicted in a fluid slippage of language and landscape, resulting in an abstract realm of familiarity. The experience is sensuous, luscious, bodily and emotional.

Q&A with Loralee...

Hi Loralee, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I create oil paintings and poetry that weave together glimpses of memory, snippets of thought and traces of hope.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I'm not sure that I have reached my signature style, although there are of course elements in my work that have always been there and feel like me, such as the woven texture of materials, abstracted bodily shapes and the earthy/harmonious colour palette. My works are tender and thoughtful in their making, they take me on a journey not the other way around.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

I'm living it now, all I've ever wanted was the space and time to make my work. To spend as much time and energy as I can sorting through ideas, emotions and memories to come to some kind of peace with sit all. With that being said I'd love to share my work many more people, collaborate with other thinkers and be able to keep working until I can't hold a brush in my hand.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Everyone always says sensitivity is a superpower, and if that's true that has to be my number one. I feel everything all of the time. I have a knack for turning those feelings into beautiful things that other people resonate with. And I make a pretty good cookie.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

Oh there are too many to name here. Anyone living a life that they're passionate about, but in particular I'm inspired by Olympia Antoniadis, her paintings are beyond incredible. Maja Ruznic, Lana Del Ray's new poetry book, Preyada Apiwattanatam's jewellery, Mary Oliver, Joy Harjo, Kate Tucker, Amber Wallis, Montana Lower and Hannah Knowlan.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Fill your days with things, people, places, routines and food that nourish every part of you. Always take the time to reflect and be gentle with yourself, we're all learning.

Exhibiting Work

Light a Halo, Light a Shrine

Oil on linen
40.6cm x 50.8cm
$650
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Bluer than Blue, Bluest Blue Bell

Oil on linen
40.6cm x 50.8cm
$650
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Zali Bartholomew of Rainbows of Rae


Bio

Through my making I aim to create some kind of portal, that transports the viewer to a place of peace and wonder. The feelings one gets when in nature, with no worry or distraction from the outside world.

Q&A with Zali...

Hi Zali, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I make artworks and clay sculptures. Through my making I try to translate my love of nature by creating small portals, aimed to transport you to that place of wonder and stillness.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I guess over the years I have just become better at listening to and letting the creative voice just flow through me, without question. Everything I make now is just completely me.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

I would love to just continue making my art forever, to let it take me wherever I need to be. To keep learning and growing in creating as much as I can. As well as hopefully live off it a lot more in the future, to be able to just make for a living would be incredible!

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Hmm, I would say perhaps creativity... openness and willingness to learn and grow.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

My mother has always been a huge inspiration for me, her passion for creating has always inspired me to push myself further and listen to my inner self. I feel very lucky that all the women around me are such incredible creators, they all inspire me in their own ways to do more and be more.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

To really just trust the flow of life, to surrender to it. With creativity as well, I have truly found that as soon as you let yourself free of judgement or pressure all the best ideas and creations come forward.

Exhibiting Work

One Hundred Eyes

Watercolour on paper
30cm x 30cm
$390
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The Holder Shrine

Ceramic
20cm x 40cm
$290
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Odessa Mahony-de Vries


Bio

My artistic practice is primarily abstract, I utilise a range of mixed media on canvas, paper and wood. My painting process is often quick, sporadic and intuitive, based on many years of playful experimentation.

I enjoy using tools and processes to create layers, textures and unique marks. My current 2020 collection of artworks are heavily influenced by my recent travels in India and Nepal, where I saw an array of colourful fabrics as well as breathtaking temples and forts that starkley contrasted the devistating poverty and chaos.

Q&A with Odessa...

Hi Odessa, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I create abstract paintings that are influenced by my travels, emotions, experiences, observations and experimentations of paint as a physical and maluable medium.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

My creative process can often start with the construction of a frame and priming the surface. My painting process is a series of layers adding to the overall naritive between lines, colours, texture, transparencies and shapes.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

I am working towards exhibiting internationally and transitioning from emerging to established in my art practice.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

Jessica Stockholder, Louise Weaver, Amy Sillman, Miranda Skoczek

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Be assertive and hard working.

Exhibiting Work

Orange Fusion

Acrylic on canvas
121cm x 161.5cm
$2900
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In the Dark of Night

Mixed media on ply
61cm x 45.8cm
$600
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Tess Miller


Bio

My sculptures are echoes of the sea and me, they reflect

the connection that I have with the ocean and my love for it. I draw inspiration from the hidden shapes in the waves and the sand. I create my sculptures to feel the connection with the song of the sea.

Q&A with Tess...

Hi Tess, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I create sculptural vessels that echo the dancing of the waves and the singing of the sands, I create from a state of stillness and inspiration form the ocean and the connection I feel.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I start with a idea , and I sit with it and ponder, I see shapes and objects in nature and use them to inspire me, I start with clay rolling out coils and making a shape and then from there I follow my intuition.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

My big hope and dream is to create beautiful sculptures that change a space into a calm and comforting place. I would love to work with people to create something for a space or home that bring them joy and connection with nature.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

1. Optimistic, always looking for the sliver lining 2. Brave, love trying new things, pushing myself out of my comfort zone 3. My willingness to never give up

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

All the women in my life. Friends, family, I am constantly inspired. They are all strong, brave and the love they share is truly magic.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Follow your heart and dreams, no matter how crazy or stupid you may think they are follow them. Life is too short to not do what you love.

Exhibiting Work

Ocean Star

Ceramic
40cm x 15cm
$250
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Wave-Like

Ceramic
40cm x 15 cm
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Ebony Busk


Bio

My name is Ebony Busk, I was born in 1996. I am lucky enough to have grown up on the Sunshine Coast. I am currently based in Caloundra. I am self taught, my main medium is oil paint which I paint portraits and the female form predominantly.

Q&A with Ebony...

Hi Ebony, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I predominantly paint portraits and the female form in oils. I want to celebrate the strength and power of a woman as well as the softness. I also paint portraits of people past and present, some as a celebration of late loved ones which has been an honour.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I usually work on the likelyness and detail first and then balance the background with the main figure or subject. But I am forever growing, experimenting with and changing my process.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

My biggest dream is to create art as my career for the rest of my life, and continue to find alignment and purpose while doing so. If I can leave some kind of legacy in the process that's a bonus. The greatest thing about what I do is being able to give someone a piece that truely means something to them, or gives someone a moment of joy or healing.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

1. Always being open to knew knowledge. 2. Self awarness. 3. Being an artist!

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

I have a lot of strong and amazing women in my life that inspire the hell out of me. As well as any one who is really pushing for what they want or where they want to be in life. And making the most out of what life has given them.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

I would say work hard on your dreams, do exactly what YOU want to do in your life. Be kind to yourself! And don't always be polite, you dont have to be small and quiet.

Exhibiting Work

She

Oil on board
45cm x 60cm
$750
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Her

Oil on board
45cm x 60cm
$750
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Lauren Jones


Bio

I am interested in making works that sit between the figurative and abstract. I want to explore the liminal space that we inhabit, existing between different stages of light.

I think the sea and the shore is the perfect location to explore these themes, the ocean can go through so many moods in the blink of the eye. It's a consuming and such an atmospheric place that makes me feel a sense of belonging and yet also at the same time lost.

Q&A with Lauren...

Hi Lauren, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

Lauren Jones’ is a painter who works primarily in oils. Her paintings embody an appreciation for the natural environment and human form, exploring emotional narratives through the materiality of paint. Her ‘alla prima’ method helps capture the essence of the subject without being overly concerned with realism.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

My work is often inspired by the sea. It can be such an atmospheric place and I'm interested in the little worlds the tidal environment holds, forever changing. I explore these themes through beach combing and being inspired by emotive films and photographs that capture a certain mood (often a time of day).

The walls of my studio turn into a large mood board for a series I'm working on. I enjoy playing with colour schemes and being inspired by other painters and poets.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

I would love to one day make a living from my artwork. To have a large solo exhibition and travel and paint with my little family.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

1. I am pretty good at baking cookies
2. Holding my breath underwater
3. Understanding feelings

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

As a painter I'm inspired by Clara Adolphs and Del Kathryn Barton. Both masters of paint and texture.

Personally I'm inspired by my mother, her kindness and selflessness has no bounds.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Don't be a victim of your circumstance. Keep loving and keep giving.

Exhibiting Work

Awash

Oil on board
32cm x 25cm
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Late Light

Oil on board
32cm x 25cm
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Caitlyn Edwards


Bio

REPETITION — As a child, I would spend hours, upon hours, sketching the same object. Whether it be a flower, a person or more commonly - my own hand. I dedicated all of my time having pencil to paper, seeing it as nothing more than a passion to create. It wasn’t until this past year that I reflected back on those early years, identifying this time as a refining of skills. The desire to expand these skills has only intensified, immersing myself into the digital world of design, illustration and animation, using past travels and modern/traditional artists as a fountain of inspiration.

Q&A with Caitlyn..

Hi Caitlyn, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

My creative flow tends to cover a lot of areas from illustration, animation, fine arts and the occasional photography. It all begins in the same way - influence and a lot of paper.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

My creative process begins with music - always. I'm not talking classical either, Biggie Smalls is my go-to.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

Staying true to my style and striving to not only appease my eye for design, but those of the individuals and groups that I create for.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

1. My ability to rap Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' 2. My anxiety as it allows me to be empathetic 3. I'll own any dance floor, any time.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

My sister and her ability to fully excel with both sides of her cranium. Being extremely creative and intelligent - what a lady.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Travel as far and as wide as you can - there is so much beauty and inspiration to be seen.

Exhibiting Work

Chameau

Photography
84cm x 112cm
$1,240
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Constellation Rivulet

Ink on fine art paper
29.7cm x 42cm
$2,800
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Evelyn Marina Art


Bio

Continuous strokes, hidden marks, intuitive movement and the treatment of blue offers an intrigue of direct expression. Sea Foam is influenced by my curious interpretation.

Referencing the familiarity and showcasing the chaotic unknown elements of the sea, Sea Foam allures the viewer to reflect deeply within the layered gestural strokes emulating the vastness of the ocean.

Q&A with Evelyn...

Hi Evelyn, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I paint mixed media abstract works with acrylic, pastel, spray paint, marker and pencil. Pretty much all the things. Lately, I have been creating blue ink works and up-cycling old vases to give them another life. I’m guided by intuition and the wondrous ever-present magic of the ocean.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

Long before I pick up a paintbrush, I like to clear my head in a natural place. I keep moleskines full of notes I have written at the beach, including poems and observations. I will often read through these journals and pick out words, or sayings that resonate with me. With this, I set a handful of intentions for each piece. I find this helps silence the internal noise as I begin to flow and create with intent.

My signature style evolved as a direct expression of my longing to be closer to the ocean. Bright blues, sky blues, royal blues, ocean blues. Rash strokes of colour on canvas. I started using solely acrylic as my medium, but I was soon intrigued by layering different mediums to accentuate my emotions. I have found since I have moved closer to the ocean, my freedom of strokes have become bigger and bolder.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

I hope to continue to create art as a means of expression and healing for myself whilst also making art that resonates with others.

I dream of creating art full-time and making my passion a career.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Determination, adaptability, and always leaving the studio with blue feet.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

My mother, Mary. She is a strong, beautiful, caring and understanding woman. She worked hard to make sure that my sister and I had a childhood much different from her own. I am living a life of truths and chasing my dream because of her.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Create the life you’ve dreamt of and manifest your truth. Breathe and be kind to yourself, always. Enjoy the positivity, celebrate your small wins, relish in the words and encouragement of others. It’s all for you.

Exhibiting Work

Sea Foam

Mixed media on canvas
61cm x 76.3cm
$2000 sold as set
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Sea Foam

Mixed media on canvas
61cm x 76.3cm

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Clare Wright


Bio

I love architecture and people’s personal interiors. My artwork aims to create a scene with depth, detail and an abundance of character. For these pieces my inspirations sparked from a 1970’s Home magazine (Australian Home) and a house figurine (Inside, Outside) that I bought from a charity shop in Cirencester. The preferred medium that I use are water-based.

Q&A with Clare...

Hi Clare, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I create all sorts of things. I draw everyday, paint happy places when I can and sew clothes made from recycled materials.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

Firstly I imagine a cottage or an old barn, a happy place (I love architecture). Once I’ve got a structure going with some depth, I let my creative brain wild with design. Then I watercolour in, and lastly I go over with a fine line, I love drawing in the details.

Everything I do, I go with what I feel and what makes me feel happy, as if I am in the space on the paper creating from the inside.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

To inspire others and to be creative for the rest of my life.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

1.To fly

2.To have the ability to retain endless amounts of knowledge

3. To breath underwater

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

Independent women for sure. I recently watched this short clip of an artist who lives in London 'Jade Fadojutimi’. She put me on a creative buzz and even thinking about her now makes me want to create.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Be kind to yourself by rewarding your mind with positive affirmations. Surround yourself with likeminded people who inspire you to become your best self. Treat every day as a learning day and go for walks.

Exhibiting Work

Australian Home

Gouache
26cm x 28.8cm
$650
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Inside, Outside

Watercolor
47cm x 27cm
$800
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Jedda Purchase


Bio

Q&A with Jedda...

Hi Jedda, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I create functional sculptures with clay.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I am always inspired by formations from my natural environments which can be seen in the sculptures I make. I am currently working on new projects born from interest in the flow and form of roots and trunks of native Australian trees. I am also super interested in mysterious beyond earth, which is where my 'UFO' shape came from.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

To turn my creative ideas into reality for the world to experience, for people to cherish it in their homes and to create relationships with like-minded, inspiring artists.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Confident, warm-hearted and driven.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

The women who inspire me most are the ones I hold close to my heart; my mum, sisters and friends.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Make time for yourself and loved ones, be in nature more and most of all get creative, wether it be cooking, gardening, painting etc. Do what makes you happy, be confident within, know your strengths and be a boss.

Exhibiting Work

Stømme large

Ceramic
28cm x 34cmm x 11cm
Sold
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Stømme small

Ceramic
25.5cm x 9cm x 12cm
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Bec Walker of Sunshine and Salty Kisses


Bio

The Essence of Sunshine & Salty Kisses is to capture sea, salt and soul. It was born from my love of surfing and the ocean. From surfers to the natural wonders of the ocean including wave formations and wildlife. It is my happy place.

Q&A with Bec...

Hi Bec, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I'm a light chaser and moment capturer. Always chasing the magic of light and gifts from the ocean.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

My photography style is inspired by beautiful light and raw moments. Authenticity is important to me and I get joy from capturing something different from the norm. I adore any moody light that brings a sense of nostalgia and my style is very much influenced by film.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

I would LOVE to work more with surf cultured sustainable brands and industries. I'd love to invest more in my equipment to allow me to do this for them. And one day if I could travel as well as make a living from photography in the surf industry that would just be amazing.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

Being a mum, juggling a part-time job and running my photography business.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

Sunshine & Salty Kisses was born after attending Cait Miers Surf Photography workshop earlier this year in Byron. I love Cait's down-to-earth nature and her mission to empower women all around the world.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

You have two homes, earth and your body. Take care of them (I read this quote once and it has always stuck with me).

Exhibiting Work

Indo Dreamin'

Photography on stone
30cm x 84cm
$650
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Dancing on Dusk

Photography on stone
30cm x 42cm
$350
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Moriah Overall


Bio

Moriah Overall is a Sunshine Coast based film photographer and videographer.

These two images were taken on my 35mm film camera in the first week of spring of Ontario, Canada. I moved here to experience the life of one of my dearest friends. We ran wild, chased the full moon, took long road trips to New York City, jammed in the basement and pushed limits on the dirt bike through the back forest.

Q&A with Moriah...

Hi Moriah, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?

I create visual stories, mainly in the form of raw 35mm photographs, but also motion.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I don't plan a lot, and I don't like to edit. If anything, I think understanding and working with available lighting is one of my strengths.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?

I hope to create work that inspires others. To see the world and the moments I experience, as their own.

What are your top 3 superpowers?

1. To shed light on any situation
2. Not afraid to push my limits
3. Overall good at all artistic expressions

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

Ciara Jones, the girl in the photo 'Best Friends'. She is unapologetically herself. She trusts in everything she does even when things start to look doubtful, because it always works out. She has always been there to support me and help me with my crazy creative projects.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Don't create to please others, create to please yourself, and that will truly speak to others.

Exhibiting Work

Best Friends

Film photography
27.9cm x 35.5cm
$100
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Spring Time Where it's Grey

Film photography
27.9cm x 35.5cm
$100
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The exhibition

Our community is brimming with some seriously talented female artists, and if you ask us? It’s time to show them off.

From Friday 25 September - Saturday 17 October, we’ll be doing just that. The Woman of Art exhibition will take over Thomas Surfboards in Noosaville for three whole weeks, showcasing established and emerging artists in all their creative glory.

Painting and drawing? Of course. Photography? Definitely. Ceramics? 100%. There’s over 20 local and talented women involved — none of which are ordinary.

Opening hours

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 9am-3pm

Opening night

Make sure you clear your schedule for opening night on Friday 25 September — we’re going to assume you won’t wanna miss this. The opening night is ticketed, with attendees able to join one of four staggered 45-minute sessions; choose between 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm and 8.15pm.

All attendees will be treated to a drink on arrival, live music by Lily Taloola, and the opportunity to meet the artists themselves (not to mention, first dibs on ogling their work).

One lucky exhibitor will walk away from the opening night with The CLO Studios Emerging Female Artist Award. The award includes a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to be stocked in CLO Studios online and in their Noosa Junction stores.

Please stay at home if unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is the individuals responsibility.

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