SUNSHINE COAST NOTABLE ARTIST’S TRADEMARK IS HER FUN, FESTIVE WORKS
Kendall has been painting professionally for the past 26 years and during that time, she has certainly been able to carve out her own niche in the Sunshine Coast’s visual arts.
Her work essentially revolves around colour.
In fact, you could say it’s her trademark: her subjects are fun with a festive flavour.
Kendall is always pushing the limits and loves testing out new ideas, subject matter and products to see where they will take her.
She is influenced by life itself and all it has to offer, rather than other artists.
She “blazes her own trail”, rather than following trends or others’ ideas.
“I have believed that art is a business like any other and that as solitary business owners, we need to be the CEO, business manager, marketing manager, accountant and, most of all, creative director – all rolled into one,” Kendall said.
“I also believe that as I have been lucky enough to have had so much support and success over the decades that I should give back to the communities that have supported me and my craft.”
Over the years, Kendall has supported “more charities than I can name”.
“I always think it’s hard to ask for help and since God gave me this talent, then I should share it around and if you ever have the opportunity to help, then do so unconditionally,” she said.
“I am just lucky enough to have been able
to produce paintings that have been able to be auctioned and raffled for charities and painted murals in order to make a difference.
“In fact, I was tabled in State Parliament as one Queensland artist that has been able to marry art, business and philanthropy and do it on an international scale.”
Kendall’s art has taken her to the four corners of the world and she feels blessed to be able to “live my dream” every day of her life.
When asked “what has been your greatest masterpiece to date?”, she replies, “my daughters Brydie and Hatsie”.
Kendall’s work can be found in Art Nuvo, Buderim, Montville Art Gallery and Gallery Beneath in Mooloolaba.
For a full list of art galleries and art exhibitions on the Sunshine Coast, go to the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail website at www.sunshinecoastartgallerytrail.com.au
1. Art on Cairncross, Maleny Exquisite Beauty: Ian Mastin Exhibition dates: until August 25
Ian Mastin started painting later in life after realising his ability to draw.
These classic acrylic paintings are in the vein of the old masters and do justice to the title “Exquisite Beauty”.
2. Stevens Street Gallery, Yandina
Featured artists: Rindi Salomon and Andrew Shillam
Exhibition dates: Until August 31
Rindi Salomon’s work is primarily abstract geometric design inspired by the old buildings, river and farmland surrounding the artist’s home in Grafton. It is fundamentally about line, shape and colour of which the subject matter lends itself readily. Andrew Shillam’s latest work is abstract wood sculpture, partially inspired by the ancient artefacts found on the Orkney Islands and the work of his great uncle and aunt, Queensland artists Kathleen and Leonard Shillam.
3. Cool Art Gallery, Coolum
In: Situ: various artists
Exhibition dates: until September 2
In: Situ is an en plein air survey of the Sunshine Coast. “Insitu” translates from Latin then French to “on site”, “in open air” and “en plein air”. The en plein air experience immerses the artist into the physical landscape to create artworks in direct response to the ever-changing ephemeral qualities of light, mood and movement present in nature. Artists featured include Des Rolph, Kym Barrett, Tony Coles, Pam Walpole, Cheryl Mcgannon, Yanni Van Zijl, Rosie Lloyd-giblett and Helena Jackson-lloyd.
Tony Gill is co-director of Art on Cairncross and has been involved in the visual arts on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years.
ABOVE: Kendall with one of her paintings. TOP LEFT: The Stevens Street Gallery, Yandina, features Andrew Shillam’s wood sculptures.