Gillian’s practice begins by working directly from the subject rather than photography. She looks for tone, shapes and patterns in the landscape as well as taking in the sounds, smells, temperatures and textures. “My paintings tend to incorporate drawing and mark making techniques into them. I sometimes dispense with brushes altogether and use my hands or any other object that I think will make the mark that I want, such as sponges, scrubbing brushes and old broken pencils to scratch into the surface of the paint”.
Gillian’s studio is hot in summer, cold in winter, and takes on a fairly clinical and orderly feel from old habits she has picked up from working in hospitals. Her materials vary from charcoal, ink and pastels to oil paints, collage paraphernalia and graphite.
Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts (Honours)