Surrounded by 'beautiful landscapes and vibrant colours', Loraine Coles work is inspired by nature.
She has used acrylic, fluid acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, pastel, gouache, and ink to create her artworks over the past 10 years.
Loraine is currently working with charcoal and pastel, after she completed Zoom art classes earlier this year and discovered coloured charcoal and soft pastel.
"I am inspired by nature. We are so lucky to have such beautiful landscapes, and the vibrant colours of sunsets and sunrises, and of course the ocean," she said.
"I especially like creating texture with different brushes, tools, and collage. I am inspired by John Olsen and his linear approach."
Loraine said when she was "in the zone", she could complete a large A3 piece in about a week and also liked to have a few pieces going at the same time.
She said she enjoyed the entire process that went into creating a work of art.
"[I enjoy] the way the artwork evolves - from the inspiration at the beginning, to the final coat of varnish."
2020 will be the second year she has been involved in the Southern Highlands Arts Trail.
Her favourite piece she has created is 23 Emus.
"The green shrubs in the foreground were painted as shrubs or trees. Someone observed that they looked more like Emus with their bottoms in the air," she said.
"I am proud of the colours of the landscape, and of course the texture in this piece."
Anyone who wants to check out Loraine's works will find her at her studio Blue Door, located at 85 Alice Avenue, Bowral.
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