“It’s always best when you make the decisions in the moment and let the painting have a life of its own and don’t get too caught up with the initial preconception.”
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Growing up on Scotland Island, in Pittwater and the Northern Beaches, Ondine Seybrook was surrounded by creativity.
She has always been naturally drawn to art, and she has never been without it, whether it be around her (her dad is an illustrator, and her mum comes from a very creative family), or through her practice, which she has never stopped doing.
“Both my schools were super supportive of the arts and I kept on doing a lot of it. Eventually I narrowed my interest down to painting and started to really work on and develop that. Since then, being at The National Art school I’ve further narrowed that down to landscape paintings done with oil paints. Growing up on the Northern Beaches definitely had an influence on that,” she explains.
Her paintings predominantly feature Australian coastal landscapes, as well as a series of self portraits. There is a rhythm and aesthetic that is completely unique to her work, and in part, this is down to her love for oil paint as a medium.
“I like oil paint as a medium because of the immediacy of it and what you can do with it the colour and mark making. I love the quick, spontaneous, in the moment nature of paint. I also love the different textures you can create oil paint by mixing it with other mediums but it’s also great thick on its own straight out of the tube, you can really push it around,”