Anne-maree Armstrong

Artist bio

I was initially trained in painting, printmaking, and ceramics at the National Art School (ESTC), Sydney. An early interest, in the relationship of the figure to landscape, the emotive use of colour and the significance of place, became the focus of large scale paintings. An extensive career in schools, in Australia and Asia, along with extensive travel opportunities consolidated her understanding of social action.More recent training and work as an art therapist, and a return to consistent studio practice, in the last ten years, has renewed an appreciation of the sensory and therapeutic qualities of art media; the expressive, tactile quality of paint and clay and the embodied experience of the art making process. Themes in painting and ceramics have continued to make reference to the patterns of our existence and our relationship to the world around us and the ‘widestream’ of life.

I create art because...

In my practice, I use painting to express themes of transformation and regeneration that relate to the patterns of our life. Each work contains its own narrative and symbolism. The artworks become containers that signify our humanity, the fragility of life and our relationship to the land.

When you look at my art, the thing I want you to feel is...

wonder and curiosity to explore the meaning of the artwork and be enlivened by the colour.

I believe art is an important part of our lives because...

as creativity plays a roll in the development of our personal growth and our mental, social and emotional wellbeing.

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