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My name is Karin but I prefer Cass or Cassidy.
I create nostalgic designs to give a sense of harmony. May Gibbs, Holly Hobbie and Margaret Keane are strong influences from childhood.
As a child I loved illustrations I found comforting, that took me on imaginary journeys (Arabian Knights and Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories) and with that in mind, it is my intention to create art that has a similar effect on children. Even as an adult, I am still in awe of natural world. I value beauty of simplicity and admire the innocence of childhood. I hope my work brings light and helps impart greater perspective.
I’ve always been deeply reflective and think this feeds through to my art, my creative process has long been thought about before the creation takes place.
My paintings appear at times simplistic, but come about through lots of processing, combining things I’ve seen and heard, stories and images. I weed out the unecessary and include what I feel are the most important aspects, stylising my work as I go.
As we live in a timepoor world, my intention is to relieve tension and support a restive transcendent moment where peace is found. Temporary breaks in mindful moments, allow for a rest in the mind’s relentless patterns of thought, a gentle restart. I believe in mindfulness, meditation and exercise for whole body mind balance.
Themes that run through my work are many, including friendship, love, tolerance, beauty, nature, meditation, mindfulness, symbolism, Australian landscape (coastal and outback), melancholia, peace, transcendence, happiness, motherhood, lately my fascination with unusual animal friends has taken prominence.
My favourite thing to do (besides painting) is taking beach walks during which, much inspiration and perspective are found. I know no other greater enchantment than the sea.
Recently to my great surprise, I learned I am a descendent of two very famous artists, John Constable and John Milton.
My dream would be to live in a lighthouse on a remote mountain, leading a simple life, with my best friend, goats and gulls, a backyard full of wildlife and nature. The ocean would be my front yard. Perfect bliss.
60’s and 70’s Traditional costume Tang and other Dynasties Indigenous peoples Society and culture Human Stories Behavioural Psychology Philosophical Thought Art Deco Art Nouveau History Vintage Poster art Vintage Toys Vintage clothes Antiques Ceramics Round forms The Australian Bush Vast expanses of water Flowing lines Tranquility Mindfulness Meditation Nature Philosophy Spirituality Poetry Music (folk, indie) Tattoo Art Contemporary Art Abstract Art Pop Surrealism Portraiture Realism