Toaf Melbourne Q + A: Anita Jokovich

THE MOODY, ABSTRACTED PAINTINGS OF ANITA JOKOVICH EVOKE THE TRANSIENCE OF THE OCEAN THROUGH LAYERED PALETTES OF INTENSE BLUES AND SKY PINKS.

How would you describe your style?

My art is an abstract interpretation of the ocean and its surrounds, drawing inspiration from a lifetime of living by the coast. The use of intense blues mixed with hints of sky pink create a moodiness that encourages contemplation and thought. The blending of paint through several layers creates an atmospheric, hazy effect; it evokes a sense of calm and quiet.

Have you always been drawn to art?

As a young child, art was encouraged at home by my father, who was quite creative. He worked as a builder, but also painted and drew at home. In his later years, he worked with leftover stone to make sculptures in our garden.

What materials do you work with?

I work with acrylic paint on canvas. I learned to paint with acrylics, so it all feels very familiar now. I like the way the paint moves on the canvas; how it blends and how it reacts with a lot of water.

Where do you go to get inspiration?

The ocean – I could stare at it all day long. It brings me such peace and calm. I have spent a lot of time over the years in the Margaret River region, where I gather the main inspiration for my work. The coast in that area is insanely beautiful; it always surprises me. I try to convey that in my work: the continual delight and surprise in each new layer of paint.

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