"My passion for art started at a young age and I have been very fortunate to be able to pursue my practice as well as develop and encourage the next generation of artists through my professional career as a high school Visual Arts teacher.
My love of colour, pattern and detail inspires me to paint a whimsical journey through the vast Australian landscape, capturing an abstracted view from places I have been or endeavour to explore.
I am highly influenced by John Olsen and the deep engagement he has with the Australian landscape and his abstracted view and reflection of our ever-changing space.
The medium I use is a combination of gouache, ink, watercolour and rock salt. I am intrigued by the way the inks react to the salts as I allow the inks to run in an uncontrolled way to create the structure of my works. Intricate detail and pattern is then applied to capture the feeling I get from a particular place." Simone Read