Q + A: Meron Somers

FROM THE SMALLEST LEAF OR BLADE OF GRASS TO THE MAJESTY OF THE MOUNTAINS, MERON SOMERS FINDS PERSONALITY IN PRECISION.

How would you describe your art practice?

My paintings are large with a particular focus of peering into the centre of a flower and seeing all its beautiful details. All my work is connected to nature in one way or the other. Light plays a very important part in giving the subject a strong character and its very own powerful personality. I like to see the personality of a flower develop, almost like a bee’s view, and see how the petals twist and turn to create such loveliness.

How long have you been practicing as an artist?

I was first introduced to watercolour painting years ago when I was studying interior design. At that time it was important to be able to paint a representation of the room that you were presenting to a client. I had a wonderful teacher who encouraged fine detailing that set me up for the rest of my life. I have been painting full time now for three years, before that I would only paint when I could snatch time away from my busy interior design practice.

What is your studio like?

I have one studio at my 140-year-old Queensland home in the inner city suburb of Teneriffe, Brisbane and another in Tyalgum in the Northern Rivers of NSW.

My city paintings tend to be finer details, tighter and more controlled, while the country paintings are looser, the details are much more relaxed with big sweeps of colour. It is an absolute treat to be able to capture different light, attitude and pace.

What materials do you use and why?

I use acrylic paints on canvas. I enjoy the ability to blend the colours or change the texture from very fine to quite thick and chunky. Importantly, acrylic paint dries quickly so there are no hold ups if I want to go in a different direction.

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