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Artists of the Outback Creative - Marlene Millard

Artists of the Outback Creative - Marlene Millard

Who are your Influences?

When I was a teenager I studied Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci for their superb drawings and use of Chiarascuro - the great contrast between dark and light.

Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton of the Heidelberg School movement in the late 19th century. They painted the most magnificent bush and rural scenes.

Skipping forward to recent years, I respect and have been fortunate enough to learn from Queensland artist Lyn Diefenbach. Her paintings are truly 'real' and a great inspiration to 'keep trying'.

Where in Australia do you find is your best source of inspiration?

Anywhere rural! My time living in WA's Pilbara region in the 1990's was a great inspiration with the magnificent wide blue skies, red rock and spinifex!

I just loved the colours of the Pilbara. My first solo exhibition was held in the Pilbara.

What do you find are the most difficult subjects to capture/ paint/ draw?

People Portraits are always a challenge because it is imperative to capture not only the visual likeness, but also the character to breathe life into them.

What makes you start to create a piece and how do you know when you are finished?

Commissions aside: I usually find I am drawn to create a piece by an inner feeling of inspiration which varies. Sometimes I am into wildlife portraits, sometimes trees, sometimes skies, sometimes horses. I just have to follow my instinct as it varies.

The artwork is finished when 'it looks right'.

Do you have an artwork you are most proud of and why?

I have had various artworks that I have been proud of over the years and the reasons vary for each. Sometimes I am just so happy with the end result because it looks 3-dimensional on a 2-dimensional surface, sometimes it's because the animal portrait appears to have a soul, sometimes it's because the artwork has won an award, sometimes it's because I've been put out of my comfort zone and have still succeeded in achieving the final goal.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without?

I couldn't do without my 'Mahl Stick' - a long stick which is used to rest your hand on while drawing/painting, so your hand doesn't touch the surface of your painting.

What would you like to achieve out of your art? Where do you see yourself in a couple of years?

My aim has always been to enjoy what I do and be respected for what I do.

Of course I would always like to sell more art! In a couple of years time I would like to have my artwork recognised further and further afield. The ultimate dream would be to have my only working gallery.

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