Anne McLeay’s artwork is all about colour: “I am always stimulated by the world around me, both natural and man-made. Creativity is never-ending. I like to also work intuitively with shape, line and texture.” Anne comments about her painting styles.
Sometimes this means going ‘with the flow’ of the artwork and letting the painting dictate what needs to happen next, she admits, but Anne also enjoys working with planned ideas: “ I feel you can’t always predict the outcome of a painting and that is what makes it exciting”.
Colour is a very important element informing Anne’s art practice. She loves living in Queensland as an artist for this reason, appreciating the vivid colours in everyday life. Although she uses many colours and enjoys experimenting with both harmonious and contrasting schemes, Anne particularly enjoys working with cool colours showing peace and calm, with blues and aquas and then in contrast to this, working in warm vibrant hues with reds, oranges and yellows.
“I am inspired by the inner spiritual qualities of peace and joy and my aim is to uplift or calm the viewer in some way”, Anne says.
Anne’s love of nature, the beachscape and the urban environment are all part of her artworks, and she particularly enjoys working with collage, texture and found objects – often picked up on her world-wide travels.
“As life is a moving energy, so too is the creativity behind my paintings, as there is always something new to experience and create”.