12 Jun 2021

Thoughtful paintings with Loralee Newitt

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My painting practice is concerned with the places in which we reside - physical, mental or otherwise - and the impacts our chosen surroundings imprint on us, and vice versa.

These spaces are depicted in a fluid slippage of language and landscape, resulting in an abstract realm of familiarity. The experience is sensuous, luscious, bodily and emotional.

Hi Loralee, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?
I create oil paintings and poetry that weave together glimpses of memory, snippets of thought and traces of hope.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

I'm not sure that I have reached my signature style, although there are of course elements in my work that have always been there and feel like me, such as the woven texture of materials, abstracted bodily shapes and the earthy/harmonious colour palette. My works are tender and thoughtful in their making, they take me on a journey not the other way around.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?
I'm living it now, all I've ever wanted was the space and time to make my work. To spend as much time and energy as I can sorting through ideas, emotions and memories to come to some kind of peace with sit all. With that being said I'd love to share my work many more people, collaborate with other thinkers and be able to keep working until I can't hold a brush in my hand.

What are your top 3 superpowers?
Everyone always says sensitivity is a superpower, and if that's true that has to be my number one. I feel everything all of the time. I have a knack for turning those feelings into beautiful things that other people resonate with. And I make a pretty good cookie.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?

Oh there are too many to name here. Anyone living a life that they're passionate about, but in particular I'm inspired by Olympia Antoniadis, her paintings are beyond incredible. Maja Ruznic, Lana Del Ray's new poetry book, Preyada Apiwattanatam's jewellery, Mary Oliver, Joy Harjo, Kate Tucker, Amber Wallis, Montana Lower and Hannah Knowlan.

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?

Fill your days with things, people, places, routines and food that nourish every part of you. Always take the time to reflect and be gentle with yourself, we're all learning.


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