The nerves of opening her first art exhibition are nothing compared to the excitement of finally seeing her work up on the wall, according to Port Macquaire based artist Kim Greenwood.
Kim’s first exhibition, art using a mix of watercolour and gouache, is on display at the Sunset Gallery from March 3-10, and she said that while it has been a long time coming, the nerves are setting in.
“I am a Port Macquarie based artist and I have been painting all my life. It is my passion but this is the first time I will be holding an exhibition. It is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time,” Kim said.
“For this collection I have used watercolour and gouache in all my pieces.
“When I first started, and for a number of years, I incorporated collage in my paintings, but now I solely paint.”
Kim said when creating her pieces she usually starts with a focus point and the rest just comes together.
“I like to challenge nature, to distort what I see and there is so much natural beauty surrounding us I feel like I have to rival nature, pushing it to the limit,” she said.
“Size and perspective don’t really interest me, it is all about colour and detail and I try to paint using colours while similar to that of what I am painting, brighter and more imaginative.
“The structure of plants, insects, birds and fish are key factors in my works, if you look at something close enough the patterns that naturally occur are amazing and I try to replicate these lines and shapes.”
Kim said symbolism is another key component in her art work.
“Symbolism is a key factor in my work, the relation to certain flowers to the mood I am trying to portray.
“I use watercolour in a fairly nontraditional way but by also bringing in gouache to the painting the black is the key neutral used in all my paintings, I feel it glues the painting together by creating a 3D effect, popping the key players in the final work.”
Come and see Kim’s exhibition at the Sunset Gallery open until Saturday, March 10.