Stacey Robinson has just celebrated the opening of her new studio in Maleny, so the Hinterland Times decided to learn more about this local artist.
1) How long have you been an artist?
I have been an artist for a long time but have been scared to call myself an “artist”! Age has definitely helped me to be more confident with my art. I have been interested in drawing and painting since I was a child.
When I left school I received a part-scholarship to an art school but I wasn’t confident to take that artistic leap then. Before starting a family, I spent several years employed as a graphic designer which I loved and I still create digital artwork in Photoshop and Illustrator.
I have always loved nature and when I left school I sold my photos of flowers, interlaced with flower quotes, at markets.
2) How would you describe the medium you work in and your own style within that?
I work in thick acrylics and oils. My main focus is to communicate colour with bold strokes to create energy and fun. I use paint brushes, palette knives, metal kebab skewers and old business cards to add texture to my work. My work is influenced and inspired by Dutch still life artists, impressionism and over-the-top beautiful flowers.
3) What or who inspired you to become an artist?
I had a creative childhood with lots of paper and fabric to play with and blessed with a mum that didn’t mind a bit of mess! I am lucky because my parents encouraged my creativity and my husband Steve is a great supporter of my art.
4) Are you self-taught or did you train?
I have taught myself by experimentation in various art areas such as pottery and ceramics, digital art and photography, and painting.
5) What has been your most poignant, memorable or rewarding experience so far?
So far my most memorable experience is opening my studio at Maleny. It is a celebration of my art that has taken me a long time with which to feel comfortable. It has been very rewarding as my family and friends have been so supportive.
6) How long does it take you to plan and create a work?
The time it takes to create my artwork varies greatly. Sometimes I can sit down and produce a piece in two hours; other times it takes over 20 hours. It depends on how complex the piece is. Art is amazing because sometimes I like a painting done spontaneously more than one I have sat at for days!
7) Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
I am quite shy and it has taken me a long time to have the confidence to show people my art. I think it is easier to be brave as I get older and not worry so much about what other people think because art is subjective and not everyone will love your artwork. My advice to aspiring artists would be to be brave and give it a go!
See the Spring Flowers exhibition at the Stacey Robinson Art studio, Unit 8, 43 Maple Street, Wednesday to Saturday 9am – 3pm.