Featured Artist Fiona Groom

Expression, detail and humor are the hallmarks of Australian artist Fiona Groom’s captivating animal portraits. Visit the artist’s website to see more of her work.

 

"Family Ties" Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm by artist Fiona Groom. Visit www.ArtsyShark.com to see her portfolio.

“Family Ties” Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm

 

For me, the animal kingdom has always been a source of inspiration. Using my camera to document the animals has also been my most favourite way to begin my painting process.

 

Artist Fiona Groom in her studio.Visit www.ArtsyShark.com to see her portfolio.

Artist Fiona Groom in her studio

 

From there, I turn to the computer to sort through my reference files and brainstorm ideas for the next composition, cropping and rearranging them. This enables me to create compositions that focus on that chosen animal. Using several images, I create my arrangement and then map it out on the canvas. It is then that the good stuff begins as I start to build layers of acrylic paint.

 

"Mulga Mob" Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm by artist Fiona Groom. Visit www.ArtsyShark.com to see her portfolio.

“Mulga Mob” Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm

 

I like to combine humour in my work as much as possible. I feel it helps to create a narrative, which then opens the painting up to the viewer’s own interpretation. By positioning my animal subjects looking out of the painting, I feel it helps draw the observer in, highlighting not only the beauty of nature, but generating an emotional response as well.

 

"The Great Escape" Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm by artist Fiona Groom. Visit www.ArtsyShark.com to see her portfolio.

“The Great Escape” Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 80cm

 

Painting gives me a feeling of happiness—a place to relax, reflect and get lost in the process. I find that by painting, painting and painting, I progress, absorb and develop as an artist. This in turn fuels my desire for what I produce.

 

"Looook Into My Eyesss" Acrylic on Canvas, 180cm x 100cm by artist Fiona Groom. Visit www.ArtsyShark.com to see her portfolio.

“Looook Into My Eyesss” Acrylic on Canvas, 180cm x 100cm

 

I have always been arty and through a series of education opportunities, including a BA in Fine Art Visual Culture, I have been able to further my knowledge and experience. This has resulted in opportunities to exhibit nationally in Australia and internationally as well. These events have led to more opportunities and by joining a variety of local art groups and organizations I have gained valuable skills and a better understanding of the art world.

 

"Poppy" Acrylic on Canvas, 40cm x 50cm by artist Fiona Groom. Visit www.ArtsyShark.com to see her portfolio.

“Poppy” Acrylic on Canvas, 40cm x 50cm

 

I have been very fortunate to have had success selling my work—my paintings are in private collections here in Australia as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and the United States.

 

"Watch Your Step" Acrylic on Canvas, 90cm x 70cm by artist Fiona Groom. Visit www.ArtsyShark.com to see her portfolio.

“Watch Your Step” Acrylic on Canvas, 90cm x 70cm

 

I have also had my work featured in several publications, including the cover of Creative Artist Magazine Issue 11 in 2016 which also included a ten page spread of my work and a workshop showing the painting process. Some of my images have also been included in a coffee table book titled Amazing Australian Artists.

 

"Small Fry" Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm by artist Fiona Groom. Visit www.ArtsyShark.com to see her portfolio.

“Small Fry” Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm

 

Overall, I would have to say that this artistic road I’m on is forever twisting and turning and as an artist my work continues to evolve and improve. I never stop learning. With each new painting I hope the viewer enjoys looking at them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

 

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Comments

  1. Pepper Hume says:

    Photo-realism to a purpose! Picture, if you will, a waiting room full of these group portraits all looking out at you! Say, that of a family or marriage counselor.

  2. Gorgeous work!

  3. These are delightful, Fiona – I LOVE them! The expressions are priceless.

  4. Máire Ní Bhroin says:

    Delightful, powerful & whimsical! My faves “Loook into my Eyesss” &” Family Ties”! Kudos on your artistic achievements!

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