Kim Madden: Mixed Media Artist
Tell us about your art?
An enthusiastic traveller in Australia and overseas my paintings often reflect this. Buildings, urban scenes, figures and still life are favourite subjects but following on from several long road trips across Australia, including a visit to Alice Springs with several fellow artists, I started to focus on landscape. The desert landscapes with their amazing colours, structures and silence were an initial inspiration but now coastal scenery fires my imagination too.
I first picked up a pencil and brush in 2004 soon after retiring to Port Macquarie. Concentrating initially on learning to draw, then watercolour and lastly oil and mixed media I have been fortunate in having several excellent local teachers. Learning to be good at anything takes time, practice and perseverance. It is a journey of discovery without end. To continue to evolve and improve an artist must be willing to constantly learn, to take risks and experiment, to dare to fail. Then of course there are the wonderful friendships ones makes with fellow artists with opportunities to share ideas, techniques, adventures and a little bit of madness. It is exhilarating at this, the pointy end of life to find a new and engaging passion in art.
I have had some success winning prizes in Regional Exhibitions and have participated in a several small group exhibitions at the Glasshouse, including in 2021 Snowline to Sandune and 2018 Heartfelt.
What do you love the most about the Greater Port Macquarie Region?
Port Macquarie is special because of its intimate relationship with the natural environment. The beaches all have reserves adjacent to them and are not built out, there are wonderful walkways and we are surrounded by fabulous national parks. We also have an outstanding, centrally located cultural precinct in the Glasshouse which provides artists like me with the opportunity to exhibit and to see exhibitions in an exciting and prestigious space.
Where can people find your work?
Hastings Fine Art Gallery, 2a William St, Port Macquarie 2444
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