“I am a collector. I have a huge box of items that have been gathered through my wanderings – feathers, leaves, seedpods, lichen, shells, insect specimens and bones. I look forward to drawing and painting them all. By sharing the natural elements that captivate me the most, I hope to encourage everyone to take a closer look at their surroundings, whether it be a bird on a branch above their head, or the dried leaves beneath their feet. I hope people find the intricate details that may have previously evaded their eyes. With my still life work I spend quite some time arranging these objects into a delicate, harmonious composition, especially in such a way that they cast interesting shadows, before the painting or drawing process even begins.
“I have found that I like to take something very small, and represent it at a much larger scale so these details can really be exposed. By experimenting with a combination of soft-focus and highly detailed areas, I can draw the viewer’s eye to the area that captivates me most. Like the way there are slight colour shifts in the reflections where the light catches a cicada’s wing, or the way the tiny feathers layer around the body of a bird no larger than your thumb.
“And it has always been feathers that captivate me the most. My first word was “bird,” and I have been enamoured with the creatures ever since.” – Alex Louisa
Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm
Saturdays, 9am to 4pm
Tuesday 12 June to Monday 25 June 2018