Tropical Fusions (Panels x 4)

Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

Innisfail, Australia

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Artist's Description

  • Tropical Fusions was divided into 4 panels yet still presented as a united whole.
  • The evolved work was an experimental art ‘potpourri’ involving techniques of drawing, collage, opaque and transparent glazing (painting), layering and then even more overlaying, cutting and dividing.
  • Inspired by rhythms and cycles, flora and fauna found in nature’s garden, the earth/sky/moon and more.
  • Mixed-media: pencils – graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil, coloured; soft pastels, impasto gel (acrylic medium), netting, papers – rice, cartridge; natural processed fibres – bagasse (the crushed sugar cane fibre stems); water-based screen-print ink.
  • Initial work support: 300gsm Arches rag paper – original sheet size 770 × 570 mm – which was divided into quarters toward final completion, then mounted onto four separate canvas panels with a slim green/charcoal/ black edging finish (each size 385 × 285 mm) and grouped/framed as a whole unit.
  • Artwork is located at my work place Artropica Innisfail Studio Gallery, Innisfail, Far North Queensland, Australia.
  • For more description information see below.
  • No of views 4221 (as at 4.01.2019)

Work has Featured in

  • 1000-Plus (13.03.2018)
  • CREATIVE SPIRITS group (4 May 2016)
  • The Tropical Zone + Feature Gallery (25 Jun.2014)
  • Abstract/Surreal Art (10 Jun.2014)


  • TOP TEN Challenge Winner’ in the Mixed Media Paintings Challenge ~ ‘Women Painters Group’ 14.09.2014

More about the Original Work:

  • Exhibited in the Group Exhibition: Cross Currents, 2002, Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, QLD.
  • Exhibited: 2002-03, Year of the Outback DPI Flying Arts;
  • Selected for the Flying Arts TOURING Exhibition, throughout Regional QLD*.
  • Is in the artist’s collection.
  • KMP ©2002, ©2004, ©2014.

Overall compositional imagery was inspired/influenced from nature drawing/painting studies direct from my local surroundings of the Far North Queensland tropical environment such as the capturing of:

  • undulating strata layers, rhythms and patterns from the telling timeline surfaces of palm tree trunks
  • Leaves – both actual and implied: of leaf fall, Native Hibiscus Tiliaceus (cottonwood) dried leaves plus others
  • Palm seeds
  • Butterflies and wings – both actual and implied: of the Cairns Birdwing and other
  • Seasonal atmospheric elements and Moon cycles
  • Earthy oxide palettes – of red iron, Indian red, yellow ochre, white, terra-verte, charcoal and blue – of soils, sands, sky, barks, plants, leaves etc.
  • Vessel shapes based on my own handmade fibre receptacle forms
  • Symbology plays an overall important role in the total work.

  • Image example designs on Products
  • Framed Large Print (407 × 551mm) examples

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