Aileen September 06 2018
Earlier this year Aileen on her way to the organic cafe, intrigued by the fragrance of Sweet Cinnamon wafting down the main road, popped her head into the studio to see what we were about. There ensued a half hour or so of conversation; she told me about her art and would I be interested in selling her cards? A few days later she returned with a bag of reproductions of her animal portraits and I could not quite reconcile the talent with this doe-eyed, unassuming lady. Of course I can now. Since then Aileen has introduced the "Arts and Minds" group to the Malka Studio and helped coordinate "Nelly's Gift" an exhibition of Petronella Jones' inspired monoprints in May of this year. We are delighted to host her retrospective exhibition.
In 2001 at the age of 50, a notice at the Corinella Community Centre caught my eye ‘Exploring Drawing’ with Gary Simmons
From different aspects of drawing and then onto other mediums I explored
A diagnosis of fibromyalgia I turned to art for therapy, it gave me purpose and something to focus my mind upon.
And then there was a random gift of art supplies including canvas board and oil paint – and not knowing what to do with them. Soon after receiving them, my friend Cathy asked me to draw from photographs, a picture of her Clydesdale. After making a few drawings from photos, without telling anyone, I had a go at painting one of them in oil. I just used the oil without any other medium. (I thought you used them straight out of the tube)
Painting finished, I showed it to the art group where without prompting, someone offered a frame that fitted the canvas perfectly, and another took it to her work at an art framer to have it framed. It was so worth the effort. When I took the painting to Cathy she was so overwhelmed and happy, she burst into tears. Her reaction was priceless. And without knowing, the frame fitted her décor.
The way it all came together made me realise I was being directed. My motivation and urge to make the painting were quite strong. Step by step, materials I needed were given to me as needed to make it happen.
I then discovered my preferred mediums: soft pastels, charcoal, and oil pastels.
In 2004 I moved to Healesville where I joined and now tutor the U3A ‘Art and Craft’ group.
2009 & 2010 I participated in the ‘Yarra Valley Open Studios’
I like to experiment with organic eco-printing using iron sulphate and sometimes tea diffusions; and ‘gelli printing’ with a solution of vegetable gelatine, glycerine and dried leaves.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported me in my art journey. Aileen
This retrospective show celebrates Aileen’s uncomplicated approach.
Original artworks, cards and reproductions are for sale.
Portrait commissions on request.