Q + A: Bonnie Behan


How does art fit into your life?

I’m living on the wonderful Gold Coast where I am a tax agent with more than 1,400 clients – the best clients anyone could have! This restricts my painting for a large part of the year and I always look forward to the quieter periods when I can concentrate on my love of art and escape from reality. I find it very therapeutic.

Did you attend art school?

I actually dropped two classes in high school just so I could do Art. I’ve attended workshops with various excellent artists over the years, as well as demonstrations of new materials with art suppliers. I have gained inspiration from them but have my own style.

What materials do you use?

I mainly use acrylic paints, but I have also used charcoal, inks and watercolours. Recently I tried using inks on Yupo paper and I loved the results – I will certainly do more of those in the near future.

What is your studio like?

Gosh, I have a very messy art room that I can hardly move in because I have so many materials waiting to be used! So, sometimes I paint on the dining room table and do the occasional sketch in my office or whilst watching TV. I prefer to paint in silence, focusing on what I am trying to achieve and waiting for inspiration to come.

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