A love of botany inspires imaginative artist
SUSAN Kinneally has unveiled her first solo exhibition, Becoming, at Tweed Regional Gallery, showcasing a colourful series of watercolours inspired by her love of botany.
For 30 years, Kinneally practised as a senior art teacher at a Melbourne secondary school.
"I loved the demands of teaching, which kept me busy while bringing up my children amid the usual domestic joys and traumas of modern life," she said.
"Despite this busy life with work and family, I always found time to produce my own artwork.
"Since arriving in the Northern Rivers in 2013, I have had the time and opportunity to focus on my ambition to become an artist whose work is exhibited and appreciated.
"My creative explorations began with a course in botanical illustration. I love working with intricate detail, line and the transparency and sensitivity of watercolour.
"However, I found the discipline of describing botanical features tedious. My drawings started to rebel.
"I decided to invent my own botanical world where I merge fantasy and fairy stories with sci-fi and wild theories of quantum physics. The known kingdoms of flora and fauna meld with fantastical creatures."
"Becoming" will be on display until February 26, 2017.
Susan's work is showcased under the gallery's Community Access Exhibitions Program which caters specifically to regional artists and this program provides an opportunity for artists who reside in the Tweed, Kyogle, Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Scenic Rim or Gold Coast City shires to exhibit their work in a world-class gallery environment.
Tweed Regional Gallery is at Mistral Road, Murwillumbah.
On Sunday, February 5, 2017, from 1-3pm, visitors will be able to engage with the artist in the gallery foyer as she works on preparatory botanical sketches.