Andrew Tischler is an Australian Artist who enjoys a thriving art career in his chosen field of realism painting. From a young age Andrew excited the Western Australian art scene with incredulous talent, and over the past 10 years has infiltrated into the East Coast where he now resides, and also the United States where he was born. Andrew Tischler has also touched a great number of budding artists hearts during his art workshops and art tours.
Andrew Tischler captures the magnificence of some of the world’s most harsh, beautiful and imposing landscapes such as the Kimberley, Pilbara, Murray River Region, Great Ocean Rd, Flinders Ranges and the USA. With a sell out show while still studying his Fine Arts Degree at Curtin WA in 2002, Andrew Tischler has been painting full time since he was 21, immersing himself in nature and travel with a mission to paint the landscapes of the world and to celebrate the creatures and people that inhabit them.
Enjoy getting to know....Andrew Tischler
When did you first feel the desire to be Artistic and realise you had talent?
I have always thought of myself as an artist, even when I was a young boy. I remember being asked the almost cliché question: “what will you be when you grow up?” only to respond with, “what I am right now”. Art is something I have been obsessed with from a very early age. I have strived to hone my craft and sharpen my skills. I have an uneasy relationship with the word talent, as I feel it has been perseverance and determination that has led me to this point, and will hopefully see my skills improving over the next stages of my career.
Where did you learn your art?
My father is a professional artist, and gave me my background and understanding in the fundamentals of traditional painting techniques. As my father is a sculptor, there was only so far this could take me. I then began reading about painting, and devouring whatever technical knowledge I could gain. Then, through countless hours of trail and experimentation in the studio, I developed my skills further, and began to learn more about myself and what I wanted to achieve in my art.
What inspires you most?
I am inspired by nature. I feel there is no power that has the presence, energy or beauty of the natural environment. I am always thinking of new scenes to paint that are reflections of my experiences in the field, in the presence of nature. Be it a wave, a forest, a magnificent bird, a mountain or a Kimberley Gorge I am drawn to the many aspects and forms of nature.
What message are you sending to the viewer of your art?
I try not to over-direct the viewer with my art. I don’t feel I have a message in particular to convey. I try to keep my art simple. I don’t feel my art should say anything. If it’s a beautiful mountain that I see in nature, I would like to paint it just so. Any meaning derived from my paintings is the meaning brought to it by the viewer. I do enjoy watching the varied reactions to my work, but I try not to judge or correct any responses to it. I leave these as individual “happenings”. If I were to say something in particular in regards to my subject matter, I think it would be: “this is beautiful, we must cherish it and protect it”.
Describe your studio…
I have just recently moved into a new studio in Daylesford Victoria. It’s an old factory unit. It’s by far the largest studio I have ever painted in. The light in my space is tightly controlled, as I am painting most hours of the day and evening. I have a large wall easel mounted along one wall, where I produce my large paintings, and a couple of floor easels, which are for working on my smaller works. There is a design station where I compile my reference materials, and an old drawing board from the 60’s where I sketch out my ideas before transferring to the canvas. I keep a lot of art books of all my old master painting heroes, in my space as well, which keep me inspired.
Describe your typical day of creating art…
I wake pretty early in the morning, and drive up the hill to the studio, which is a short distance from the house. Normally I have a few commissions on the go, so I work on these throughout the day, sometimes alternating paintings to keep my attention levels high. I love painting scenes of nature, and there is always something exciting on the go, so I am normally in a rush to arrive and start right away. I paint around 50-60 hours a week. After a full day of painting, I kick back on the porch with my wife and border-collie to watch the sunset, or take a stroll around Lake Daylesford. In the evenings I write, either for art magazines or newsletters and blogs on teaching traditional painting techniques.
What mediums do you use and why?
I love painting in oils. I strive to re-create the effects achieved by the old masters, using some of the modern mediums available. I paint on Belgian linen, with handmade oil paints, with pure pigments. I feel oil paints lend themselves to a great surface quality, with layering and glazing, which can lead to a scene that looks and feels realistic.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on a series of crashing waves. Large canvases of various tropical bird species will follow these wave paintings shortly.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the freedom to be able to create on a daily basis on my terms. I love painting uninhibited, and have the opportunity to explore what oil paint can do. It is the chance of a lifetime, which I try not to take for granted and one for which I am very grateful.
What are your most proud achievements in your art?
I think my first ever exhibition was my most proud achievement. It was the encouragement and validation I needed at the time, and a sign that I had chosen the right path. I was 19 at the time, and over a hundred people were in attendance. The show sold out on opening night. Since then I have had a number of exhibitions, but this one stuck with me as the most profound.
Where can you see yourself in 10 years time?
I would love to take my painting to the next level and better my skills. I want to start working on larger canvasses, several meters across, and take on more challenging subject. I see myself branching out into different scenes around the world, and I hope that many more travel experiences continue to fuel my studio practice.