Georgia Youngs (she/her) has a love for painting, mostly flowers because they don’t talk back to you if you get their petals wrong. But really, why does she love painting? She starts with taking very creative and inspirational photos. Ones that capture ‘her’ perspective, i.e., when painting houses she looks for the unique ones that are buried behind huge trees, bushes, or gardens. These days, although her paintings may look the same and appear to have a lot of detail, they actually have less. She now works faster, has found herself to be happier with the results, and finds the joy of painting more now than she has in years.
Over the years she has studied many artists that intrigue her and has found fragments of their styles drifting into her work, like: the white ‘dazzle’ areas used by David Milne; the strong use of colour used by Arthur Schilling; the use of trees as a ‘picket fence’ in the foreground of a painting, that forces the viewer to look around them to see what is behind, a technique that was used by many of the Group of Seven; or the use of patterns used by many Indigenous artists and groups; or the use of simple colour panels to express strong emotion, like Mark Rothko. It is not enough to learn about historic artists or groups, but it is through understanding the reasons behind their approaches that we can transfer some of that knowledge and techniques to our own paintings making them more impactful. It is something that Georgia teaches to all her students, both young and old.
As mentioned, Georgia has a love for painting, but she is driven to teach, as she wants as many people as possible to learn and experience the joy of art, in all its glory! It’s the same thrill she gets when a client is totally over the moon when purchasing one of her paintings and they can hardly wait to get it home and hang it on their wall. It’s the connections she makes that makes it all worthwhile.
Artwork Gallery (Click images to enlarge)