Artists of the Outback Creative} Esther Bolz
Who are your Influences?
I believe my style Is mostly influenced by past Australian Natural history illustrators. The Scott sisters and Louisa Atkinson among others were introduced to me while studying in Newcastle and inspired my early research. Ive also always been drawn to the old hand painted lithographs and sketches of the 17-18th century Europe. My attitude to work and attention to detail was definitely initiated by my parents who raised me and my five siblings to work hard in every area and never leave anything unfinished. My father loves gardening and my mother was always drawing with us as kids and encouraged me to draw and create wherever I was.
Merewether Seascape - 65cmW x 26cmH - Sketched in pencil and completed with soft watercolour washes.
Where in Australian do you find is your best source of inspiration?
The wildflower walks and bush land paths around Campbelltown and greater Sydney. I live close to wild bushland and a peaceful river which is the the perfect place to see birds and search for insects and flowers.
Silver Gulls - 60cmW x 42cmH - This painting was completed using watercolour and gouache.
What do you find are the most difficult subjects to capture/ paint/ draw?
People! I have dabbled in portraiture with some success but I always find it a challenge to get the personality out. Maybe that’s why I stick to flowers and plants... they have a different kind of beauty I can actually portray!
What makes you start to create a piece and how do you know when you are finished? I always create with a purpose. Often when it’s a scientific study for a book or to accompany a written piece it requires accuracy and a detailed eye to capture all the features of a plant/animal for a true representation of the species. - Once the shadow areas of my piece are perfectly dark and there is a clear and even light source then I’m usually happy!
Yellow-Face Black Cockatoo - Various sizes - Available as a print on 310gsm Canson Photo Rag.
Do you have an artwork you are most proud of and why?
I think it would be my Tibouchina Illustration. It is a black and white pen drawing I completed it during my second year of University, and it was the first proper Botanical study which I had worked on using a fresh specimen and a microscope. The plant itself is one of my fathers favorites and we had a number of them planted on our property growing up. The flowers always fascinated me, and I was just so surprised with the likeness and how many features I was able to put together into a composition that really worked!
Waratah in Bud - 14cmW x 21cmH - Available as a print on 310gsm Canson Photo Rag.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without?
I would say my HB 0.5mm Rotring Tikky pacer which i use for all my sketches and draft work. This initial stage is the most important part of my entire Illustration process. I always need to get the tonal study right before I begin the final piece.
I don’t depend on anything particular - but I do enjoy a good strong latte before starting my day :)
Australian Pelican - 42cmW x 52cmH - This drawing has a subtle watercolour wash worked over in prismacolour pencil
What would you like to achieve out of your art? Where do you see yourself in a couple of years?
I want to create works of art which are not only beautiful to look at but also useful and informative! I enjoy bringing a piece of paper to life with the details that not everyone notices - but that makes each living thing precious and unique. In a couple of years I can see myself working full time with my art and continuing to use the creative ability I’ve been given to bless others.