I am a Canberra based artist who was originally trained in arts, drama and sculpture. Since 2007, I have focused on painting, having attended a series of evening classes in watercolour at the School of Continueing Education at the Australian National University Art School. I see myself as painting by instinct and love to research my subjects, which include portraits, still life and landscapes. I am a self taught art history enthusiast, colourist and story teller with my work. Besides painting my hobbies include screen writing and film making.
Due to the need for social isolation, people can no longer visit exhibitions, galleries and or attend face to face group art workshops. This is one of the reasons that I launched ‘Art with Sylvie‘, a unique online networking community for students of art and artists. My goal is to build a growing online community of artists who collaborate and support each other on the journey. I particularly enjoy providing behind the scenes support of artists, such as my corporate experience in hosting numerous online highly interactive and engaging workshops for remotely dispersed teams, which enables me to provide unique insights in the use of state-of-the-art technology for class engagement. I also host a number of FREE to attend, online events and interviews with artists to build community and sharing about their upcoming exhibitions.
Early on in my school days I was inspired to complete several large sculptural artworks, first in clay and later in wood. It wasn’t until much later in life, that I learnt to draw and paint with watercolour artists such as the late Noel Ford and more recently Australian master watercolourist Chan Dissanayake in Canberra.
In 2008, I started exploring painting in oils. I was determined to reconnect with my creative interests and learn more about art, while working full time in my corporate executive search and recruitment role. I completed my first oil painting, an abstract work entitled, “Dancing Birches” followed by ‘Pulse of Life‘ which you can find on my AWS portfolio.