Gill Pedrana lives in central NSW just outside of Dubbo, her studio is a converted concrete seed shed with original timber flooring and pitched roof. From The Studio Shed she is able to lose myself in my art practice. Born in England, she has lived in Australia for 29 years with her Australian born, veterinarian and farmer husband and their two children.
Pedrana began her current series of works with her gesso primed canvas painted several times with deep red acrylic, then she paint with her beloved oils which dry slowly allowing her to lastly draw into the paint (sgraffito). Her desire for surrealism linking with her love of animals are all coming together in her paintings and drawings.
Currently she is exploring the landscape within an unrelenting drought that has her seeing more dead trees and sparse foliage and thinking about the fauna out there. There have been many introduced feral species that have found the Australian climate perfect for all year round reproducing, some causing serious damage to indigenous plants and consequently the ecosystems. Pedrana is an animal lover and finds most of these creatures aesthetically beautiful, so she has taken them in her own way and placed them into feminine pastel hued landscapes informing us of the fragility of the land.
Location: Dubbo NSW