Finding the unexpected

A cold wet day didn’t deter visitors on my recent open studio weekend which was a wonderful outcome. I had some reservations about holding the exhibition in my studio and it is a hard decision to bypass galleries.

The benefits were obvious at the end of the two days and it was definitely the result of having more time to engage with everyone. I believe all creative people need to be able to articulate the concepts and purpose behind an artwork to give the viewer an opportunity to experience it on another level. The visitors were able to connect my location at Tallegalla with the passion and attachment I have to the natural environment.
Here is a great article on the exhibition at the Queensland Times Newspaper

I love to travel and seek out wild places. When I experience something in nature that inspires me I feel such a level of excitement and gratitude that I want to capture enough information, to translate the experience into an artwork when I get back to my studio. I aim to recapture the time and place through the feelings I had at the time to give a deeper layer to the new artwork.

Our first experience of the natural world takes the form of the environment we lived in as children. Mine was the sea, the sand and the Australian bush. The sea is in my blood, the bush is in my heart and the next journey I want to take in life is to recapture the immense freedom of my childhood.

I am looking for the unexpected..and it is always an unknown to return to the studio after travel.

LATEST NEWS Artsouthwa will host my workshop Creative Direction and the Inner Artist on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of November at Vancouver Arts Centre at Albany during my road trip to Western Australia. Please contact lyne  or Artsouthwa to book your place. Prices are the same as on the workshop page on this blog.  Please scroll down this page for more information.


Forces of Nature 122 x 122 cm acrylic on canvas

Forces of Nature 122 x 122 cm acrylic on canvas

Take a Walk under My Skies

23rd and 24th August 2014 visit my studio art exhibition in the Art Clique Gallery at Tallegalla in South East Queensland                                                                                                                                                         

I live on a rural property with unending skies that change hourly. Some mornings they are so breathtaking their beauty is overwhelming. I remember when I first moved to this area thinking I had not noticed the skies in this way since I was a child.  Storms can race across the paddocks on one side of our house while strong bright sunshine pours down on the other.

Tallegalla morning skies

Tallegalla morning skies

It is in the heart of this environment, in South East Queensland, only an hour from the city of Brisbane, that I create my artworks. Recently I had a Perth exhibition cancel after some hard decisions and I sat in the studio garden and contemplated my surroundings.  I had been reading as I often  find wisdom and peace in words.

Looking over Minden Valley after the rain

Looking over Minden Valley after the rain

This land that I live on is so beautiful, even when the grass browns from lack of rain, that I decided right then and there to exhibit the artwork in my own studio gallery.

On the weekend of the 23rd and 24th August from 10am to 5pm you can visit my inspiration and step into an artist’s world at Mountain Scrub Rd Tallegalla. The Bordering on the Wilderness exhibition will be on display along with older works paintings, etchings and my books.

We would love to welcome you here. You can purchase and lay byes are accepted for Christmas. Please call M 0418 876 230 for directions and visit the  Art Clique Gallery online

Here is a sneek peek of the Gallery and Studio.

Art Clique Studio Gallery

View from the gallery garden

View from the gallery garden

Art Studio

Art Studio

taking care of art business

One of the darkest places one can go is to the land of indecision. This invented land may challenge your values.  A lesson well learnt is when you discover that to challenge your values is to compromise the truth of who you are.

There are remembered points in your life where time seemed to go so slow and others when it flies by fast. Indecision land feels like both and simply a good waste of time. Perhaps fears draws us to this place, a fear of making the wrong decision and a sense that the alternatives don’t seem so appealing. Perhaps this seems a little too deep yet in the creative journey we can dock in this land unexpectedly. The temptation is to jump ship, and leave it all behind and let someone else take charge.

In the end, if the situation involves an art career decision it all comes back to the reason we create. Without purpose does art has any meaning?. During a recent bout of indecision I heard a sweet person say of my paintings that some have ‘ a gentle whisper of healing and peace, a sigh of relief as this world writhes in pain’. I was reminded that those who achieve their goals don’t compromise on their purpose or their values. After all if we don’t believe in ourselves then who else will. The acclaimed actress Helen Hayes was known to have said  ‘ Short as I am I played the tallest queen in history. I though tall, I felt tall – and I looked tall. ‘

Below is one of my latest art pieces, a sculpture titled Every Tree has a Silver Lining

Back View:  Every Tree has a Silver Lining sculptural art by Lyne Marshall

Back View: Every Tree has a Silver Lining sculptural art piece by Lyne Marshall


Front View:  Every Tree has a Silver Lining sculptural art by Lyne Marshall

Front View: Every Tree has a Silver Lining sculptural art piece by Lyne Marshall


What is the Purpose of Art?

John O’Donahue, an Irish poet, writes in his inspiring book Divine Beauty that  ‘ The poem is shaped to enter and inhabit forgotten or not yet discovered alcoves in the reader’s heart’.  As I read these words I am acutely aware that all creative endeavors have this core purpose. I have experienced on many occasions how an artwork can transport the viewer to places unknown.

One memorable occurrence, which I later believed to be Stendhal’s Syndrome, happened to me twice in 2006 in Shanghai while standing in front of the paintings of acclaimed Chinese artist Zhou Chaing Jaing. I wrote about this unexpected and life changing experience in my first book Gleaner or Gladiator The Struggle to Create. At the time I fell into Chaing’s work in a dizzy spell that felt like I had fainted while still standing. It was very unsettling yet I knew I had just had a unique spiritual encounter with his painting.

I was sensing the truth of the artist and it opened my eyes to seeking out more creative people who instill this essence into their creations. I found that to create art work that can affect the viewer on many levels an artist is required to dig very deep and take risks. This can make them vulnerable to self-doubt and also the critical words of others.

For myself, as I endeavor to grow in purpose, I find the only way forward to be in the present and explore and rejoice in the beauty of the world I live in. This may be idealistic in today’s world but at the beginning of each day, as the poet W.S Graham writes, I try to ‘Listen. Put on morning and waken into falling light ‘. In this way I am inspired to live each day expecting only the best to happen.

Below work in the Bird Series..

Bird Series



Having the Right Attitude

As a constrained television viewer, with more interest in reading my books than watching  the screen, programs based around the renovation of unique old homes, enveloped in a great deal of history, will capture me every time. Perhaps it is because these plans encompass a vision shaped by large imaginations coupled with vast doses of creative thinking. Great architecture always transforms by responding to place.


In the program Grand Designs I am fascinated by the way the home renovator takes on the biggest challenges to see the development of their dream house nurture not only their confidence and sense of purpose, but become life changing. The way we choose to live is always down to personal taste but it is very obvious that happiness is entwined in how we perceive our homes and working lives.


Creativity is in everything. It is part of what we do and as for our own dwellings we can transform what we think is the drabbest outdated building by just a little elbow grease, paint and clever furniture. Having the right attitude to work can see our creative projects change us forever.


Gaining knowledge is one exercise I really look forward to and this coming weekend I will be spending my time working in my studio with an artist friend. We plan to share with each other our own recently acquired knowledge in two very different areas; digital image transfer techniques and the artist’s philosophy on colour and focus.


No doubt this will be inspiring and the results will hopefully flow into my painting time, adding renewed vigor to my vision for my coming exhibition in Perth in October. My last paintings completed prior to the Easter break are below.

My current solo exhibition Where Waters Meet runs until 9th May at NEOGALLERY  at Mt Coolum. Exhibition viewed by appointment on 07 5471 6175 .

Dividing the Waters 91 x 91 cm acrylic on canvas 2014

Dividing the Waters 91 x 91 cm acrylic on canvas 2014

River Deep 91 x 91 cm acrylic on canvas

River Deep 91 x 91 cm acrylic on canvas