Caroline Marinovich

Caroline's paintings are bold and colourful. The studies of everyday life draw the viewer to experience another time and place. Caroline Marinovich, a lifelong artist, is interested in light and colour to create atmospheric paintings and drawings. She likes to capture the beauty of portraits, still lifes, and moments between people. Her diverse practice includes inks, pastels, acrylics, oils and watercolours to produce warm and engaging everyday scenes. Caroline is a resident studio artist at Tresillian and teaches painting with oils, acrylics, and other mediums. With her father’s encouragement, she began making art from a very young age. “I grew up pretty shy” says Caroline, “so I was always looking at what happens inside, and looking out through windows.” She drew the people and life around her, and it sparked a keen sense of the beauty of everyday normality. She completed a Bachelors of Arts Honours degree at the University of Witwatersrand, and had a diverse career in film-making, set design, and animation before moving to Australia in 1997. Caroline suggests that she’ is perhaps too diverse, but is always following where her inspiration leads her. It is the excitement of starting a new project that keeps her making art. She enjoys working out the colours and composition, pointing out that her best work is made quickly. When she is inspired, Caroline says, things fall into place easily. Her work has been included in the Black Swan Portraiture Prize, and she has won several competitions, including the Melville Art Association Award, the Mosman Park Art Award and many in country towns. What she finds most rewarding, however, is sharing art with her students at Tresillian, and helping them to find their own style. Although the process changes with each medium, she teaches her students to decide what their favourite genre might be and interprete it in their own personal style. While her own work mostly portrays people and situations, it is any atmospheric mood that continues to inspire Caroline to make art. Original text by Elizabeth Pedler

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