Style Artist

Erin Rayner chats to Style

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De­scribe your style?

I use a mono­chrome style, paired with fine lines and de­tails to cre­ate in­tri­cate draw­ings. My pieces are heav­ily in­flu­enced by na­ture. They are very sim­plis­tic, of­ten fo­cussing on botan­i­cal el­e­ments with sub­tle geo­met­ric qual­i­ties.

When did you start paint­ing/draw­ing?

I have been draw­ing and cre­at­ing since be­fore I can re­mem­ber. It was when I was in high school that I started to take a more se­ri­ous in­ter­est and be­gan ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent medi­ums to find a style that I en­joyed.

How has it evolved and what has in­flu­enced this?

Ini­tially I en­joyed us­ing wa­ter­colours but pro­gressed to black ink draw­ings be­cause I felt like I had more con­trol of the lines I was draw­ing and able to cre­ate more in­tri­cate de­tails. I con­sis­tently try and cre­ate a sense of bal­ance in sym­me­try within my pieces.

Why do you en­joy paint­ing/draw­ing?

I find draw­ing, es­pe­cially the de­tailed draw­ings I cre­ate, to be ex­tremely ther­a­peu­tic and re­lax­ing. The fine lines and pat­terns have a very calm­ing feel to them. The pieces I draw are very time con­sum­ing, and be­ing a per­fec­tion­ist, each line is care­fully po­si­tioned and thought out. When I start to draw I com­pletely im­merse my­self within the art­work, of­ten for hours at a time.

How did you feel about win­ning the John Winn Memo­rial Award for Emerg­ing Artist at the Gram­mar Art Show?

I was thrilled. It has def­i­nitely in­spired and mo­ti­vated me to keep cre­at­ing and evolv­ing my work.

What in­spires you?

My main source of in­spi­ra­tion is na­ture, more specif­i­cally na­tive Aus­tralian plants. I’m al­ways look­ing for in­ter­est­ing flow­ers and botan­i­cal el­e­ments to in­cor­po­rate into my de­signs. In­spi­ra­tion from artists in­cludes Ge­orges Seu­rat, with his use of Poin­til­lism, and Monet’s beau­ti­ful land­scapes with his use of sim­ple, but ef­fec­tive, colour pal­ettes.

What do you like about toowoomba?

I love the num­ber of parks and green spa­ces there are, in­ter­spersed with the var­i­ous old build­ings. The city is re­ally be­gin­ning to feel very cul­tural with more and more street art and events hap­pen­ing through­out the year.

What is your dream goal or project?

It has al­ways been a goal of mine to cre­ate a se­ries of pieces for my own solo show. I would also love to visit gal­leries all over the world. It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing to see an art­work in per­son.

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