The work: Leah Shaw, ÉVEILLER. Natural earth pigment and walnut oil on wood panel, hand framed in Australian oak, 62 x 81cm.
Leah Shaw has always been drawn to the rugged Australian landscape and open spaces. “I paint from inspiration filed away in my memories, mainly from nature,” says the Brisbane-based artist. This appreciation for the environment is reflected not only in her subject matter, but also in the all-natural products she uses – earth pigment, Tasmanian Oak frames, and beeswax finish. Eveiller, meaning to awaken in French, is part of a series inspired by light. “I wrote the word and the meaning on the panel before painting over it, blending into the darker areas of paint and finishing with highlights of dense white and bolder colour,” Leah explains. The peaceful play of muted tones imparts a simultaneous sense of calm and invigoration.