Artist and Visual Arts Educator
What is your professional or training background?
I have a Bachelor of Art Education and have been a visual artist and art teacher since 1980.
I'm actually fairly happy with what I'm presently doing. I'm beginning to master oil paint and I'm really having fun with the jewellery. I have ideas for my next Body of Work when I finish the Rhyme and Reason series and I'm pretty keen to get started on that. It would be nice to get some illustration and editorial work - particularly in the area of children's books. I think my style would suit that.
I have a good understanding of visual arts from a variety of viewpoints and appreciation of critical practice, a firmly established art practice and undertanding of my position ( how I operate) as an artist. A pretty good command of photoshop and the internet and website design. (I designed the concept and did all the graphics for my current website and Paisley built it for me.) An absolute commitment to what I am doing and a dogged determination to succeed. Almost tunnel vision and a very strong work ethic with a willingness to try most anything. Familiarity with a number of expressive forms due to teaching. What I am trying desperately to do is get re established in a crowded artworld and find my little niche market so that I can continue to make work by selling it.
www.indie.com.au/ Carolyn has been really helpful and always supportive in a very real way and her blog is a great site for finding artists
www.watim.com/ Great site for finding 'what's happening' and sourcing artists
www.artonfix.com/ A fantasitc art blog where I discovered 'art dolls', Kaia Koopman and Ray Caesar, amongst others
www.etsy.com/ Lovely lovely things that people make inspire me and help generate ideas
The following artists have much to offer in inspiration and technique - tonal modelling, stylisation, athe subject matter of an imaginary world...etc I actually have lots more that I find inspirational and that I use in my teaching as well.
Contact Marie via marie/at/marielarkin.com.au
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