Artist cap­tures four sea­sons

Res­i­dency in South­ern Table­lands re­treat beck­ons

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Julia Baker Julia.Baker@chin­chillanews.com.au

DI McIn­tyre sees the world in colour; from New York to Las Ve­gas, the Kim­ber­ley to Italy, the self-taught artist trav­els to far-flung des­ti­na­tions for in­spi­ra­tion, col­lect­ing images in her mind to bring home to her cat­tle prop­erty at Burn­cluith.

McIn­tyre said she loses days in her stu­dio, a con­verted shear­ing shed her hus­band An­drew built, re-imag­in­ing the land­scapes on can­vas and paper in vivid colour us­ing gouache, pas­tels wa­ter­colours and ink.

“I was al­ways a dor­mant artist and I was aware I was cre­ative and that colours were easy for me, colours can be re­ally hard for dif­fer­ent peo­ple but I just knew what colours went to­gether,” she said.

“It’s western colours that re­ally inspire me, those vi­brant reds and or­anges and browns and pur­ples. They are not my favourite colours to work with but the vi­brancy of the colours out west are just mind-blow­ing,” McIn­tyre said.

McIn­tyre, who has ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally in New York and Las Ve­gas, said she had taken a step back from ex­hibit­ing in the past year and a short hia­tus from work­ing in her stu­dio.

“I’ve had so many ex­hi­bi­tions and I’ve been paint­ing in vol­ume so haven’t been do­ing my best work but I find if I don’t have an ex­hi­bi­tion to paint to... I’ve been away from the stu­dio for six months and I’m just dy­ing to get back in there but re­al­ity al­ways gets in the way,” she said.

McIn­tyre need not worry as in the com­ing months she is set to spend a lot more time in her stu­dio after be­ing cho­sen to be the artist in res­i­dence for Kiloren, a her­itage-listed, private cool-cli­mate gar­den built by prom­i­nent land­scape de­signer Edna Walling in the 1950s.

Pur­chased by for­mer Chin­chilla res­i­dent Vicki Mid­dle­ton last year, McIn­tyre was com­mis­sioned to paint the gar­den’s four sea­sons and will ex­hibit the col­lec­tion at Dog­wood Cross­ing in Miles in 2019.

“Edna Walling did the most amaz­ing five or six-acre gar­den de­signs and planted old English trees in there,” McIn­tyre said.

“She cre­ated gar­dens with th­ese se­cret rooms that kept pulling your through them.

“Vicki has bought this old gar­den called Kiloren near Crook­well in the South­ern Table­lands of New South Wales... It’s ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful, amaz­ing. At the begin­ning of May I went there and ref­er­ence gath­ered for five days – I took lots of pho­tos and sketched, and I col­lected leaf sam­ples for colours, so I can get those colours right when I’m back in the stu­dio.”

McIn­tyre said she hopes to cre­ate 10 pieces for each sea­son and is think­ing of us­ing col­lage in the col­lec­tions.

“I’m hang­ing out to get into the stu­dio,” she said.

“I lose days in there, I think ‘God I’m starv­ing’ and I look up and it’s pitch black dark – I just to­tally zone out and it’s just my hap­pi­est place ever,” she said.

“I walk in and just the smell of it... I have chimes up and I open up the win­dows and it’s just amaz­ing.”

PHOTO: JULIA BAKER

IN COLOUR: Chin­chilla artist Di McIn­tyre is paint­ing Kiloren, a her­itage-listed Edna Walling gar­den and will ex­hibit her work at Dog­wood Cross­ing Miles in 2019.

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