about 2 weeks ago i featured an amazing piece in my post by sharon smith of studio jarrah…i found the piece whilst scouring pinterest (i <3 pinterest) and then asked the talented ms smith if she would be gracious enough to do an interview.…amongst her crazy schedule and down under australian time difference she kindly accepted…so here is a little more about the talent, inspiration and process of studio jarrah ~
how do you find your inspiration?
I have no trouble finding inspiration. We spend a lot of time outdoors and with our two young boys so there is no shortage of inspiration in our lives. Nature and its forms are always putting ideas into my head but usually it is a special person or occasion that motivates me to put those ideas to paper.
what is your process for a new painting?
Often I will have the subject matter in mind, then will search out reference photos or visit the zoo or beach to make sketches. Then I refine these into a shape I think will work with the circles and select the palette. I love greens and oranges but am starting to work with purples and pinks too as I have so many requests for more ‘girly’ colours!
when did you know you were a creative?
I have always loved drawing, painting, creating but was never guided in this direction because I was also quite good at maths and english and science! Only in my late 20’s have I been confident in calling myself an artist… a gradual progression from Interior Architect to Graphic Designer and now Artist. Although I think we all wear different hats and one label is never enough. ‘Creative’ is a good one though!
if you had to grab 1 thing from your studio what would it be?
Probably a photo of my late father with my son as a toddler, or a beautiful fish drawing by my talented 5 year old.
if you were a super hero what would you power be?
To turn back time, to get more out of each day and maybe even go back and say that witty remark I can only ever think of 2 hours after the event!
what is your favorite movie?
Perhaps ‘Lucia Y El Sexo’ for the beautiful scenery and clever story telling, or ‘Somersault’, an Australian art house flick full of emotion and mesmerising scenery. Or maybe even ‘Finding Nemo’ which I have watched more times than I’d like to admit…
what is your favorite piece (can you pick just 1)?
The first painting I completed using the painted circles was the two trees which I named ‘side by side we keep growing’ and this is probably still the most meaningful of them all to me.
if you could live anywhere where would it be?
I currently live in Perth which has the best weather and lovely beaches but I miss my hometown Adelaide, which is full of beautiful, inspired, clever, environmentally conscious, creative souls that also happen to be my friends! If I could move all those beautiful people to the North West Australian Coast near the Ningaloo Reef and have world class Rock Climbing nearby too we may have found my Utopia.