Working in mixed media, many of Jan's vibrant pieces feature stamps, pages from children's storybooks and Japanese calligraphy, as well as details that even the most discerning eye doesn't pick up on the first few viewings. Jan is inspired by colour, patterns, shapes and nature, as is evident in her work. She enjoys "the colour coordinating, the form coming together - the way it can express and emote."
Having studied art in high school, Jan always felt at home in the art rooms. It wasn't until years later when she became involved in an art show at her children's primary school that she reconnected with the "hands on" side of art again. Since taking a class at The Creative Space, where experimentation was encouraged, her work blossomed and Jan has been using her new found confidence to try out new techniques, and learning that growth as an artist takes place through experimentation and observation.
US-born Maureen Whitaker is an award-winning artist/graphic designer based on the Mornington Peninsula. She graduated with Highest Honours from Platt College of Art & Design in Colorado and was a freelance graphic designer for over 15 years before adding a paintbrush to her toolbox.
Best known for her quirky mixed-media pieces, Maureen has a passion for abstract work. “My abstracts are moody, expressive and gestural; they are more concerned with colour, line, form, and texture than subject matter. They are not based on reality; instead they are reflections of the moods and emotions I’m feeling at the time, which could explain why my work is so eclectic. I don’t pre-plan my abstract works; instead, I allow them to happen organically. I love to experiment with an array of media and colour palettes, as well as textiles, papers, organic objects and recycled bits and pieces, and enjoy the challenge of finding interesting ways to incorporate and manipulate them to create complex, textured pieces with depth and a sense of mystery. I look for original and unusual ways to translate the images in my head onto the canvas, giving them an ‘element of surprise’ that draws people in. I take inspiration from the fabric of Australian life, from the natural land and beachscapes to industrial, urban cityscapes.”
Maureen is a regular exhibitor at art shows and galleries in the Melbourne metro area and on the Mornington Peninsula. Her works are held in private collections in the USA, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland and Australia.
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