Boyne Island, Queensland
Emerging artist based in central Queensland, best known for her vibrant and colourful artworks inspired by nature.
Art works: 15
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About Kirsty Anderson
Hi! I’m Kirsty, a self-taught Artist from Boyne Island, Queensland, Australia. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember but painting seriously for 11 years. I work mainly in watercolour but also enjoy painting in acrylic.
I’ve had no formal training but have been fortunate enough to have wonderful mentors and supporters in my life. My art teacher during high school really encouraged me to push boundaries and be free with my creativity. My Great Aunt Ruth is an incredible artist who has inspired me and taught me since I was a child. I always loved going to Aunty Ruth’s, playing with all her supplies and trying to learn her techniques. My father also draws, he loves landscapes. My fondest memories with him are the two of us and my little sister sitting around together drawing. He has many of my artworks hanging in his house and likes to show people “the evolution of Kirsty’s Art”. And of course where would I be without my mum, buying all the art supplies, telling my art was beautiful every time she received one even when it was a mess, being my “financial partner” while I try to be a full time artist. These people really have shaped my artistic career and I’m so grateful to all of them.
My subject matter generally revolves around nature. I love flowers and birds, particularly our gorgeous Aussie natives. I enjoy experimenting with my style and with materials, I tend to go through phases of painting one thing until I get it out of my system. Really I’m trying to make a connection to my audience by showing them what I love and hopefully they love it too.
Inspiration for my art comes in many ways, sometimes ill just go for a walk and see something I like or I might be scrolling through Pinterest and something catches my eye. Other times my brilliant art ideas come to me late at night when I’m trying to get to sleep and cant switch my brain off! My creative process is normally I get this idea and then I imagine on the page, the colours, the style, the positioning. Ill sketch it out first and then when I’m happy with the layout lightly sketch the paper/canvas. From that point on it’s a free for all. I don’t necessarily stick to the initial idea, I like to just go with my gut and see what happens! If I’m using a photo for inspiration ill sketch out the outline and then put the photo away so I’m not restricted by the colours its showing me.
My hope for the future is to make art my full time job so I can really dedicate my time and my mind to it. I’d love to be represented by multiple galleries and shops and start selling more internationally.