You know when you have some time to spare and so you start trawling through Instagram and you end up looking at the feed of your friends, brothers, aunty’s, daughters, housemates, sisters favourite account? Well, this is JUST how I came across Kyah Wilson. And I am so glad that I did! It’s a visual feast of utter loveliness. I had to feature her, I JUST HAD TO!!
Meet the SERIOUSLY talented Kyah Wilson..
Leigh: Tell us a little bit about yourself..
Kyah Wilson: I live in Dubbo, Central Western NSW. I married my childhood sweetheart with whom we have five children. I only started painting seriously two years ago and thought it would be a hobby on the side. However, my art instantaneously found a niche in the market and I can’t keep up with the demand (thankfully). I’m obsessed with art and interiors and long to be rich so I can afford such obsessions!
LV: I read that your childhood influenced your passion for art. Where did you grow up?
KW: I was born in Port Fairy, Victoria. My grandparents had a sheep and cattle farm in Bessiebelle near Port Fairy. They were and still are heavily involved in Thoroughbred racing. The animals and rural life has influenced my art greatly. As a child I lived all over NSW in regional cities and love the easy going nature and simplicity of country towns.
LV: You are a mother to 5! How do you manage to find the time to focus on your painting? Was that a hard balance to attain when your children were little?
KW: To be honest as soon as my first baby was born my art went out the window! I focused solely on my family. I had the first three children in under three and a half years and it was a complete blur, I was lucky if I showered! As soon as the youngest started school I took up art again. In my first year of being a full time artist, I felt the need to say ‘yes‘ to everyone and everything. I realised quickly that my health suffered and that reflected on my family. Now I prioritise myself and my family. Therefore, there are now some days/weeks that I don’t even make into the studio.
LV: As I have literally no artistic talent whatsoever, please explain the process from idea to finished product. Are you inspired by an image and then simply paint it? Ridiculously beautifully I might add!
KW: Thank you! My animals are often inspired by an Australian image and I usually spray aerosols or use rust paint to cover the canvas using gestured strokes, then draw and paint over the base colour. I experiment with mediums however, always come back to using charcoal and pastels to define the image in the final stages. My abstracts start the same, however I focus more on colour combinations and layers.
LV: How long do your artworks take from start to finish?
KW: This varies so much! Sometimes three days, sometimes 3 or 4 weeks. I never assume I’m going to finish something quickly. I am definitely not an artist that whips things up in a day. I take my time and I’m a perfectionist with every piece.
LV: Painting is clearly your passion. How else do you love to spend your time?
KW: We are renovating, so I pour through magazines and Instagram and dream. For the moment, much to my family’s dismay, I’m obsessed with Paleo and Pilates.
LV: What are your creative goals for 2016?
KW: I’m going to go with the flow. I try not to stress about what lays ahead. I am considering entering some prizes. However, in saying that I despise comparisons and competition. This is a bit of a “catch 22” within the art world!
LV: How can we purchase your artwork? Do you do commission work?
I advertise on Facebook or on Instagram and have a website for perusal. My current stockists can be viewed here.
I only accept a few commissions a year depending on time and if I think it will make a successful work. I love doing the occasional commission as they push me out of my comfort zone and encourage me to experiment and learn as I go. In saying that, I don’t think I will ever stop painting and learning now.