Opening Conversation with Lise

Opening Conversation with Clare

Gallery Tour

I am very honoured to be presenting these two creative powerhouses of the Australian landscape art world. Stemming from opposite ends of the country, Lise from South Australia and Clare from Queensland, both artists are immersed in the unique beauty of Australia’s revered natural landscape.

Relying on colour and texture to convey nature’s essence, both contemporary painters exercise total and personal freedoms to explore new perspectives on the landscape. Their work hints at tactile naturalistic impressions, relying on sumptuous colour and texture to convey nature’s essence. Both artists expand the notions of how landscapes are explored and understood. Without referencing traditional landscapes, they present abstracted images of their surroundings in the most pleasing and purposeful way.

Both artists abstract their landscapes displaying an interwoven connection with human emotions and nature. Whilst each artist seeks to create a composition that is different and very unique, there is always a familiarity from the natural world that grounds the painting and creates an instant recognisable relationship for the viewer. Abstract landscape paintings can offer the viewer another way of seeing the natural environment that allow them to go deeper into understanding an emotion. Often artists attempt to convey emotion in their work, rather than a reality; a demonstration of landscape painting as a perfect vehicle for the general artistic quest to convey the “sense” of a subject rather than its precise image. The painting becomes less representational and more expressive, and allow for a variety of interpretations at the inner level.


In 2003 I left the distractions of city living in the East to settle into dedicated art-making in rural South Australia. My practice has been highly influenced by the physical environment of the SA Mid North. Initially I was moved by the vivid colours and atmospheric light. The broad views of its wide valleys lead me to develop a collage approach to representing landscape which has become a method of working that addresses time and movement in relation to place. I have also used a similar methodology to examine built environments and interior spaces.

The studies represent my intention to constantly experiment with and broaden my technique. Painting from nature provides a different set of challenges which positively influences my studio work.


I work predominantly in the medium of oil painting with mixed media on canvas, board and paper, using photos, notes and sketches for inspiration. I like painting and drawing plain-air around where I live on Brisbane’s Bayside. I’m interested in creating paintings that are evocative and intuitive and express an emotive reaction to the landscape.

In 1996 I completed an Honours degree in Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.