SEA AND DESERT
Abstract paintings by Deborah Elliott
I have lived, travelled and worked all over Australia and have been privileged to see a lot of the coast, country and outback, and of course, the cities.
Being born in Yallourn in Gippsland I am a country girl at heart who also loves the water. I was drawn to the coast and moved to Anglesea in 2014.
It was only after moving to Anglesea that my artistic life began. I have taken Printmaking and Water Colour classes at the Anglesea Art House (AAH), belong to a basket weaving group and have been working with textiles since I was a very young girl and was responsible for establishing the Textile Group at the AAH.
I am also the convenor of the Anglesea Snappers Photography Group.
I commenced painting with renowned Anglesea artist, Elaine d’Esterre, 4 years ago and Point Roadknight and all it has to offer became the focus of most of my paintings. While the majority of this exhibition is based on the sea at Roadknight I have also done 4 or 5 paintings of the desert which were inspired by a childhood visit to Minnie Creek Station in the Upper Gasgoyne Shire in WA. My memories of that visit are of blue skies, red dirt, pink sunsets and the vastness of the plains interrupted only by a single hill or mountain.
My paintings can be seen as a fusion between materiality textile-like flat surface, texture and colour with aspects of photographic depictions that capture an instant in time and space.