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Mary Conder

Gold Coast Qld

I am a self taught artist, painting since I was little. I grew up in Hobart and now live on the Gold Coast painting full-time. I won Best Acrylic in the 2015 Brisbane Rotary Spectacular and since then have produced and sold many works through galleries and online.

Art works: 18


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About Mary Conder

My process often starts with asking myself ‘where would I like to be today?’ It’s usually a wide open space that I want to be in, and I can have a look around to see what’s there. Not necessarily what’s expected, but what I would like to see there. The idea usually unfolds as I go, the placing of one object determines the next, guided by an overall mood and colour scheme that I have decided on. The imagery I use is drawn from personal experience, from childhood memories right through to current observations and everyday life. In the landscape format, I can surround myself with things I find interesting and leave out all the clutter that would probably be there in real life. I start with the darkest tones and move forward to the lightest, highlighting little ordinary details along the way. Depicting ordinary detailed object against vast spaces of nothing, is what I find most fascinating. So the finished piece is something that is familiar but at the same time a little unusual. It’s not quite what we see everyday, but its always where I’d like to be.I

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