Local artists paints live

LIVE PAINTING: Kirsten Johnston will be painting live in the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre next week. Picture supplied.

MOUNT Gambier artist Kirsten Johnston will be painting live at the Riddoch Arts and Culture Centre next week as part of her up and coming exhibition.

Over eight years, Ms Johnston has experimented with a range of unique artistic media including water colour, acrylic paint, charcoal, mixed media as well as in both realistic and less representative styles.

This has been on paper and canvas.

Ms Johnston states most of her work is inspired by the natural world, especially that of Australian flora and landscape.

Last year Ms Johnston attended a residency hosted by Post Office Projects Gallery and Studios in Port Adelaide and was under the guidance of mentor Margaret Worth.

This moved the local artist’s focus to total abstraction and embraced creating on a much larger scale.

“My work emerges from my visceral response to the energy of the moment,” she said.

“Marks are laid down with physicality as they flow from ordinary experience, giving a visual presence to the fleeting turns of life,” said Ms Johnston.

The Riddoch will host Ms Johnston from January 12 to 30 at the Cathleen Edkins Gallery space where she will be painting live from 11am until 3pm on weekdays and 10am until 2pm on weekends.