Tricia Reust presents a stunning portfolio filled with images inspired by her native Australia. Visit her website to see more from this talented artist.
Drawing is the basis of my art practice, and I work at it every day. Exploring art processes, in order to communicate visually what my reactions are to the people and the circumstances of each day, is the mainstay of my time in the studio.
Roughly twenty years ago, I began pushing dry drawing media around with water (and turpentine and methylated spirits) and expanded into preparing my surfaces with all sorts of textures. Being a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia led to even more experimentation with pastel – my first love.
Always mindful of using artist quality mediums and supplies, I now find I am a popular workshop presenter – it seems that everyone loves texture!
There is nothing I enjoy more, other than painting itself, than sharing this knowledge and my techniques. Everyone is drawn to create, and there is much joy in learning how to manipulate art materials in order to express oneself visually.
Mixed media is the perfect vehicle for my works dealing with the belief that we exist to be community and to support one another. The jumbled symbols, mingled textures and paints, and soft edges of the process help underline that we humans are jumbled up all together in a similar manner, and that we are not separate from one another, or from the earth. Everyone else’s colour and form affect us.
Growing up the second eldest of eight children taught me the value of recycling. Old drawings and works are torn up and used in collage, or resurfaced – all adding a layer of story and interest, with recurrent themes including birds and music.
I have produced instructional videos, recorded an episode on TV”s Colour in Your Life, won many awards and have been published in books and art magazines. I see all this as validation in calling myself a teacher.