Family passion shines on
KURANDA artist Didi La Baÿsse grew up around art and her passion with her colouful, vibrant personality is reflected in her artwork.
The Tahiti born artist’s paintings use wide eye imaginative designs to capture the viewer.
Her designs are all unique and La Baÿsse creates her paintings from her own composition and not from photographs.
“I don’t see the point of taking a photo to create an image,” she said.
“Before I start painting I do a lot of research. I make a collage of what I am painting to make a unique image which is not just a reproduction.”
Strongly influenced by her artistic mother, La Baÿsse said it was a natural move to become an artist herself.
“She had exhibitions in Tahiti and I was always involved. I would be the model of her paintings, attended her workshops and was surrounded by easels my whole life,” she said.
“When my family moved to Cairns in the 1980s art remained my passion.”
After seven years of focusing on her family La Baÿsse is excited to get back to painting.
“I took sometime off but I am excited to be involved in the art community again and get back into my painting,” she said.
The flamboyant personality of La Baÿsse has led to an exciting career from being an extra in a movie and a Miss Universe Australia finalist in 1996.
Being an artist has always been prominent in her career and her exquisite colourful paintings and silk scarfs are displayed in her gallery/studio in Kuranda.
Kuranda artist Didi La Baÿsse with her piece Sailing to the Sunlit City at her colourful gallery.