Landscape artist Kerry Nobbs has been exhibiting at JahRoc Galleries for over 7 years and is admired for his realist oil paintings of our local scenes. Kerry does a road trip to WA from Queensland nearly every year to gather further inspiration and subject matter that he takes home and turns into stunning canvases.
With a painting career spanning over 33 years, Kerry’s ability to capture our unique Australian light and record beautiful moments is recognised by his many collectors world wide.
Enjoy Getting to Know Kerry Nobbs …
When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realise you had talent?
My earliest memory is drawing at around the age of eight. I was always influenced by my surroundings and current interests. I started with pencils and moved on to acrylics and eventually oils. It was my Art teacher in High School who actually said I could make a living out of my art
Where did you learn your art?
I never had a formal lesson. I just did the normal art classes provided at High School. I developed by looking at other artist works including the early Australian Artists like Streeton, Roberts and Gruner.
What inspires you most?
I draw inspiration from the general landscape, particularly where atmosphere and light play an important part.
What message are you sending to the viewer of your art?
I try to let the viewer discover a path into my work and let them just get lost in the image so they can forget about their stresses in the day. Not everyone can get away for a few days to recharge so I hope they can sit in front of my painting at the end of the day and let their mind relax.
Describe your studio…
I paint in the corner of our lounge room. I have all my reference photos around me and either the radio or TV on in the background. The good thing is the kitchen isn’t far away!
Describe your typical day of creating art ..
While I have breakfast I look at the painting I’m working on or the canvas I’m about to start. From there I gather my thoughts and work out what needs to be changed or adjusted. Each day depends on what else I have planned for the day. Sometimes I’ll paint all day with just breaks for the occasional cuppa and meals. Other days I might only get a few hours in after dinner. Most days I’ll paint.
What mediums do you use and why?
Oil Paints. I’ve used oils for most of my life. I guess in my mind oil paintings are more traditional and I prefer wet on wet application.
What are you working on now?
Another seascape at the moment but I’ve been collecting subjects for a possible sky series as well.
What are your recent career achievements you feel proud of?
I’m proud that I have made a living from my art without having to teach or do workshops.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the freedom of working when I feel like working. I love travelling to visit new places, to get more inspiration for new works. But painting isn’t just my profession, it is my passion too.
Where can you see yourself in 10 years time?
Painting and travelling as usual, as long as I can.