Nada very generously agreed to answer some questions for my blog, which is a huge privilege...
When I was at "Art School" I did a huge triptych of the beach and I guess it grew from there.
I was fascinated with the movement of the waves, colours of all the umbrellas,people and towels and the happy ambience of everyone having fun.
I am by no means a slow, labored painter.
In fact I have this sense of urgency I feel when I am painting.
I am so excited to express what I see that I go into a frenzy of excitement throwing on the paint as quick as I can.
I have always felt very privileged to have come from such a creative and respected background.
I have never wanted to waste the talent I inherited nor let my family down.
That I guess creates a pressure to do well which can be good and bad.
It becomes your driving force in life and can distract you from family and friends.
I can honestly say "no".
Although I am always a mother first and foremost.
When my grandfather,father and I all painted together in the one studio, I was exposed to large quantities of oil paint.
I never thought about the expense of it all.
As I became more confident with color and texture I applied more paint.
It grew from there.
All artists continually experiment with ideas. It is what we do until we die.
We never know where we will go with it either.
A palette knife allows me to paint fresh color over wet oil paint.
This keeps the paint fresh with color while creating thick, textured, spontaneous strokes.
Thank you for saying that.
I guess I would like to be one of the most successful oil painting artists in Australia.
But most importantly I want to be happy being that person, as often there are sacrifices we have to make to reach our goals.
Then when we get to the goal/dream they are not what we thought they would be and we regret what we have given up or whom we have become getting there.
Q: Do you have plans in the near future for any more exhibitions, either here or overseas? Where can we see or buy your works?
It will be on 3 weekends in May 11th,12th,18th,19th and 25th,26th
This is always the best place to buy my work as it is direct from the artist and from where the artist is inspired and creates the paintings.
People can view some of my works online at www.nada-art.com
Q: What other Australian or international artists or characters inspire you or do you particularly admire? How do you see the state of the art scene in Australia and what could be done to support Australian artists more?
The French impressionists have always been my inspiration. Particularly Van Gogh, Mattisse, Soutine and Vlamink.
In Australia I admired Fred Williams, Brett Whitely,Margaret Olley, Charles Blackman and the present day Nicholas Harding.
There are too many to mention.
Art in Australia I believe needs to be supported by the media more.
A story in the paper can do so much for an artists success as can a review on tv or on the radio.
People are unfortunately driven by the media and need to be exposed to Art accidently rather than making a conscious effort to go out to a gallery.
Please make sure you go to the exhibition in May - put it in your diaries - the whole experience is truly exceptional!