Kylie was born and raised in Brisbane. She taught Art as a Secondary teacher in 3 Queensland High schools for 8 years before having her children. For the past 15 years she has made Art her career by establishing her Art Business. Kylie had a Studio Gallery in Teneriffe, where she painted and exhibited for 7 years as well as conducting Art classes for students of all ages. Kylie moved back into her Home studio in 2016 to spend more time with her family and continue to grow her business. She has been painting professionally since 2003 and exhibits regularly. She recently joined the team at Rental Art Australia as an Art Consultant. Kylie currently teaches Adult and Children’s art classes 5 days a week and also tutors private art students.
Kylie works mainly in acrylic, with which she incorporates a variety of media to enhance the textural outcome of her work. Her paintings invite you to feel the energy of each piece. She uses a bold colourful palette to capture the energy she draws from her surroundings and her hometown Brisbane. Her aerial compositions challenge the way we see the world around us and create a fun sense of depth and perspective within her work. The images are not always meant to be realistic but are easily recognizable.
The paint is applied in layers of pure colour often using colours that have little resemblance to the real structure. Her paintings are sometimes referred to as possessing a Naïve quality with a mature approach to mark making.
Kylie’s cityscape collection of works feature iconic places and views. Fun, quirky and yet strangely familiar, the paintings take you on a visual journey in, under and above Brisbane and surrounds. Many of her latest works focus on activities we encounter as we explore the city both in a working week and in our leisure time. She has also had the privilege of working with a talented aerial photographer to capture the city from above and this is where she draws inspiration for her Aerial perspectives and her Tiny Planet series. Kylie is well known for challenging the viewer’s point of reference, especially with her aerial cityscapes.
“Brisbane has a sense of never ending energy and activity. Capturing this in a painting is what I love to do. The interaction with the image and the viewer is so unique as they recognise locations within the landscape. The connection to each piece is different for every person who looks at the works. Connecting to an image is so important and adds ownership to the painting; whether it is a link with work or residential place, a park or a reminder of a great trip on the river. ”
“It is about knowing from where and how to look at Brisbane’s gifts. From the heights of the Riparian, the marvel of the Story Bridge and to the obscure, it is the choice of the viewer to experience the pulsating energy or to find the peaceful, relaxing moments within the Brisbane culture”.
In the past few years Kylie has expanded her repertoire of styles and images and has created a few new art collections; Abstraction, Mini Masters, Pet Pawtraits and Tiny Planets; just to name a few. Her ability to adapt her style to create any image is why her work is in high demand. Versatility is the key.
Kylie has had a busy career and it is looking like it will not slow down soon either. She has recently completed two huge Murals for a Brisbane bay side school and has now completed 16 murals in total. 2018 will also see her launch her new business “Universal Artistry” with fellow artist and good friend Carry Smith. This new venture will focus on Inspiring Artists through classes, workshops, Art retreats, Art groups and also offering Art Supplies. An exciting year ahead.
The past couple of years has also seen Kylie as a guest on television shows such as” The Great South East”, “Connected TV”, and “Colour in your Life”. In 2015 she was contacted by Luciano Benetton to be part of the “Imago Mundi: Looking down under” Book and international exhibition. Other publications she has featured in are Amazing Australian Artists (2014 & 2015) and Artist Palette Magazine (2014) and R&B Home Magazine (2005)
And finally, Kylie is a huge supporter of Charities such as Ronald McDonald House, Butterfly Babies, Queensland Eye Institute and Royal Women’s Hospital and helped to raise well over $35000 through donation of her artworks.
Kylie now has a Studio Gallery at Home in North Brisbane (By Appointment Only)
“Painting keeps me busy, creating commissions for clients all over the world, murals for schools and local businesses and also trying to create works because I found an image or place that needs to be painted. I have many commissions in my studio at the moment and many exciting new projects in the making. All this and running a small business, spending quality time with our family, playing taxi to my children and teaching art classes 5 days a week. I do have a great life, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to do what makes me smile. It is hard work behind the scenes and will continue to be as I strive to create and find my place in the world.”
A little bit more about Kylie:
Kylie graduated Queensland University of Technology in 1991 with a Diploma of Education, Secondary art. She went on to further studies part time while teaching to gain my Bachelor of Education. She taught for 8 years, but found her true passion after having children and then having the time to follow her dreams and create full time. She has been painting professionally now for 15 years and exhibiting regularly in that time. She continues to teach art to all ages from 5 to 85 and is always inspired by what her students create and the energy and enthusiasm they have to learn and find their own artistic path.