Q and A with Kathleen Lane
How long have you been a practicing artist?
I have been painting for fifteen years.
What is your favourite subject matter to paint and why?
Favourite subject, probably florals... Living in The Canadian Rockies for 30 years I became accustomed to long winters when the landscape was stunningly beautiful but monochromatic. I thought about my garden and the vibrant colours of Australia, so decided to paint them into my life.
What is your process like?
Unfettered and optimistic.... I never know the outcome sometimes to my great joy and sometimes to my chagrin... but.... onward I go to places unknown and uncharted... You know, like a star ship!!!
Do you paint from real life or photographs?
I paint from photographs I gather on my journeys.
Where do you make your art?
In my kitchen originally and now I am back in Australia usually outside.
Do you have a studio?
A lovely dream, but I am a gypsy so it probably won't happen!!! But, I do sometimes suffer from studio envy.
Where do you find inspiration?
From my environment, and of I late have attempted to do female portraits , primarily inspired by Freda Kahlo.
Name some artists that influence your work and style.
Australian artists Fred Williams, Margaret Olly. Expressionists, Berthe Morriset and Manet.