Ngaire Johansen

Directory_NgaireI commenced watercolour painting in 1991 having just retired from a professional career as a secondary school full time music teacher. At the time I considered painting a hobby, although a serious one which was mostly developed through extensive reading and practice. I was still heavily involved in music and apart from playing the piano for hours every day, I also wrote a number of chamber works and half completed an opera which I hope to give birth to before I die!  I attended  classes in watercolour with David Taylor and Malcolm Beattie for a term each, and attended workshops with Margaret Cowling and Joseph Zbukvic. I successfully exhibited at the Victorian Artists Society and at various exhibitions on the Mornington Peninsula. I also began a passionate involvement in life drawing, mostly with much loved artist and teacher Patrick Moss at Linden Art Gallery. I attribute most of my visual comprehension to Patrick’s tuition. His phrase ‘feel the form’ remains as a guideline for all my figurative works, whether drawn from real life or from the imagination.

I would consider myself a traditional artist in the sense that I seek to portray what the eye perceives rather than an impressionistic or expressionistic approach. Nevertheless, I have painted in a variety of styles over the years and would say I’ve finally settled into two areas of interest which consume me perennially– interpretive landscape and the human figure.

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