Profile - FARLEY CAMERON and SHANNON GARSON
In Entwine, the gallery brings together two well-established and celebrated artists who have both used the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast to create their pieces. Farley Cameron, who was recently an Artist-in-Residence at the Immanuel Arts Festival, and who has worked in fashion, and fabric and print design, created her pieces as a celebration of her appreciation of the natural world.
Farley says, “I’m always referring back to my training as a textile designer, so principles such as line, colour, and texture inform my painting. Nature is the ultimate designer, and I constantly look to her for inspiration. It teaches you all you need to know, when you look closely.”
Farley loves to spend time tromping through her backyard and exploring local parks and the Sunshine Coast’s many landscapes. She hopes her work connects people with the natural environment in turn. “I paint to reflect the emotions and atmosphere I feel and see when looking at a grevillea, or a bunch of heliconias, for instance. I’d love for people looking at my work to connect with that on some level”.
Ceramicist Shannon Garson, who was previously the President of The Australian Ceramic Association, was also inspired by the natural beauty of South-East Queensland, particularly the wallum landscape. She says, “At first glance, it’s hard to see much in the harsh coastal landscape, but the more you study it, the more the tiny flowers, carnivorous plants, and beautiful details are revealed.”
Shannon spent a lot of time studying and researching overseas landscapes for comparison, too. She says, “I put this collection together after looking at the jumble of luxurious colours and textures in English country houses. I really wanted to bring out the native plants of the wallum using decorative pattern and details from the 1930s and ‘40s.”
Lovers of art nouveau will no doubt be enthralled by Shannon’s use of the era as inspiration. “I love antique bone china,” she says, “and I designed this collection to play on the idea of patterned china. However, I also wanted to bring it into the 21st century, with my realistic drawings of local Sunshine Coast flora.”