Style Artist

Tarn Mclean chats to Style

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Tell us a lit­tle about your­self...

My early years were spent in Syd­ney as a boarder at Tara Angli­can Girls’ School. While at Tara I spent more time on the sports field than in the class­room. On leav­ing Tara I worked at Law­son’s Fine Art Auc­tion House at The Rocks in Syd­ney be­fore head­ing for the outback. I met my hus­band Jondy at Mitchell. Dur­ing our 13 years at Tul­lochard, a sheep and cat­tle prop­erty nearly 800km west of Bris­bane, we raised two chil­dren and I pur­sued my pas­sion for gar­den­ing, be­gan to paint and com­menced study­ing Fine Art through Curtin Univer­sity. I stud­ied full-time at U.S.Q. af­ter mov­ing to Toowoomba and in 2016 re­ceived a PHD in Vis­ual Art (Paint­ing).

De­scribe your style...

It is both ab­stract and rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The works I ex­hibit in the Gram­mar Art Show are based around botan­i­cals and ex­pand­ing them into tex­tile de­signs.

What in­spires you?

Mak­ing beau­ti­ful spa­ces us­ing colours from the earth.

When did you start paint­ing?

In 1999 when I was ex­pect­ing our sec­ond child Sara Jane – we pre­vi­ously had a son Os­car.

How has it evolved and what has in­áuenced this?

My work evolved from paint­ing plants from my gar­den, then nudes and onto land­scape and botan­i­cals. My most sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence has been the clients who love what I do. This form of giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing is so ful­fill­ing.

Why do you en­joy paint­ing?

I use paint­ing as a tool, which en­ables me to re­flect the world around me through colour.

What are some of the high­lights/ favourite mo­ments/great­est achieve­ments in your artis­tic life?

My great­est high­light is con­nect­ing with peo­ple through my art and de­sign, and see­ing them en­joy what I do. This is a con­stant achieve­ment in my everyday life.

What do you like about Toowoomba?

As an artist I love that it’s a Gar­den City and full of in­spi­ra­tion. Its re­gional lo­ca­tion se­cures it as a great cul­tural cen­tre. This al­lows me to be cre­ative and to avoid be­ing caught up in any cul­tural trends.

What is your dream goal or project?

My dream goal is to live a life en­rich­ing the lives of oth­ers through paint­ing and de­sign­ing as well as fur­ther in­ves­ti­gat­ing the aca­demic side of my Paint­ing prac­tice.

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