Monday, December 31, 2012
2012 was a top year for me art wise i had my first Sydney solo at TRAFFIC JAM galleries called "Fluidity " . Having such an incredible gallery such as this behind me is a real blessing for which i am very grateful for . OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and how could i forget my beloved redhill galleries success they had in november . "PARIS"JE TAIME" was a sell out that even i did not see coming . Was truly the most remarkable event for me this year . So thank you REDHILL gallery . I am very humbled to be represented by such wonderful galleries . I wanna thank everyone of my clients that continues to love my work and am so happy that so many paintings have found lovely homes this year . My ALICE series also came into its own with prints available now . I have never been more artistically happy than i am about this series !!!!!
2013 is going to be huge !!!!!! i kick off with my second sydney solo in may , then my second solo at "TOSARI" gallery in toowoomba . I have have been introduced to many new clients in the darling downs region and cant wait to exhibit with them in october .I will also be heading back to france again, i am truly addicted to all things french however this trip will take in Italy and london . I really just cant wait to get back in my studio and get all the beautiful paintings and idea out of my head and on to canvas .
ok now let get a bit more personal , my biggest new years resolution is get rid off stress in my life and learn more ways to cope with it . Pace myself with my painting and keep carm and carry on!!!!!!!!. yes yes and of course the normal one of go to the gym more and eat healthy lol surround myself with positive people and be always grateful for my family and friends who i love dearly . Here is a more interesting one I will only drink french champagne now , not cause i am a wanker but i am just not a drinker so if i drink i wanna make it count .Hence the above painting !!!!!!!! I am currently like most of you on holidays to me this means two week of no painting or drawing and not much computer time :( its a bit harsh but i need to rest my hands as its essential for my longevity as a painter . Hands should never be taken for granted .
so have a very safe new years and woooooooooohoooooooooo happy new year . If you fall into a rabbit hole i just hope its wonderland xox
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Yes everyone if your interested in a commission or just wanna meet me and find out what i was thinking when i painted a certain painting !!!!!!! i will be in the gallery on both sat and sunday . I will dazzle you with my skill as i sketch your ideas . I am the an artist that loves commissions . x
In saying all that its very lovely to know that yes i love PARIS but clearly so do many other's . I cant wait to catch up with all my clients , some will be new ones and some have been following me for over a decade. I am as always humbled by the response to my work .So thank you everyone ..................... see you all toomorrow night !!!!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
here is a blurb about my latest exhibition called Paris, je t’aime which opens in november !!!!! so stay tuned for the opening details Starr’s visual love affair with the magical French city of Paris is clearly evident in her latest solo exhibition entitled ‘Paris, je t’aime’. This stunning showcase sees Starr revisit the remarkable imagery that has been the source of constant inspiration since the first time she set foot on it’s famed soil. The stars come out at night and it is these enchanting moments in time that Starr has captured so elegantly. From the iconic Eiffel Tower, brilliantly lit on the Parisian skyline – to the magical underworld of the Paris nightlife, filled with dancers, showgirls and the mystical ‘Absinthe Fairy’ ... where even Alice has ventured out to see the sights!! Starr is still a Brisbane girl at heart, yet it is her unique insight and talent that brings new life to the ‘City of Love’. Alongside the beauty of this French wonderland, Starr will also be unveiling a collection of major new works, studies and works on paper. Here, her new Story Bridges have that same wow factor as the Eiffel Tower. Amongst opulent chandeliers, dazzling nudes and magnificent landscapes, her vision is as fresh and astonishing as any in the world. Let’s face it... Starr loves her home town too.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I am so happy i set up my first MYSPACE pages and the joy that site brought me was inzane , i still have that site and while i dont even think and can remember the code these days !!!!! I will never delete it cause of the memories . Most of my friends from that site came along to facebook and wow how much fun is that site. I heart FACEBOOK. When u paint all day in your lonely world cyber world is a awesome as you have people to talk to . I can go for days with out real people contact . So i thank all my facebook , twitter and linked in contacts its been terribly inspiring ride .
Inspiring to say the least ..............My ALICE series is all about my technological journey via the classic fairy-tale into wonderland and beyond . In my lastest work i am showing alice in paris she taking an instagram photo of the effiel tower . This is however just the quick sketch from my visual diary . I guess its all about how i deal with the ever changing world with PAINT . x
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
http://www.goldenpaints.com/ . They are the number one acrylic paint company in the world and easy to find in small art shops globally . I love this paint and i find it useful to be able to switch to something very compatible when i run out on locations . Makes sense to know more then just a few brands if you travel so u never get stumped . Nothing worse then running out of white in the states , this has happened to me and i freaked out when i went into one of there mega art stores . Just so much choice it was overwhelming . Now that i use a few brands i am always confident that i will always know an equivalent varnish in time of crisis . Of course i do strongly believe in supporting aussie paint companies when you can !!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I am a huge glam rock fan and just loved the 80's and have spend much time over the years in a very special place on this earth called HOLLYWOOD thats where the jani's of the world came from . In fact on a few of my trips i encountered him , i was completely speechless not by his appearance which had long since faded but to be in a room with a supreme talent such as him . !!!!!!!!!
When i was a teenager i danced around to his music in my bedroom and sketched his portrait as often as i could which was a lot you should have seen my school diaries .I thought school diaries were actually visual diaries ? While growing up it was his music that got me though some very tough times in my teens . However its was his lyrics that inspired many of my paintings years ago and even to this day . Music comes and goes but there was just something about the song and dance man that jani was that just inspires . Painting his portrait is childs play for me to interpret his lyrics into a massive abstract is something totally else . He truly was a modern day POET.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Starr’s brand new exclusive print series is based on the beloved Lewis Carroll fairytale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, taking influence from the classic Disney movie. She has also drawn upon various other iconic images and a touch of the current dark and far more sinster Tim Burton movie showing Alice as an adult.Starr’s work shows the journey a modern woman takes as she struggles to hold on to traditional values. iPods, Facebook, Coke Cola and the Twilight phenomena are all intertwined as she navigates her way through an ever changing technological world.Whether it be ‘Wonderland’ or Brisbane, this series is brought together by the unique style and colourful imagery that can only come from one artist…. Starr.
These prints are all 50x40 cm and printed on quality archival art paper. Edition strictly limited to 100 signed prints only
$395 plus $10 postage and handling. Starr will add prints to the series as time goes by. These images are taken from her fantastic Alice in Wonderland series of paintings and will be her only works in print. please click on this link for more information or to purchase prints!!!!!!! http://www.starrartanddesign.com/paintings/prints.html All prints are personally signed by Starr .
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
According to newspapers he had suffered from bi polar and depression . When i heard that i thought really what talented artist dose not i know lots and they all have various bouts depression and more serious forms of it . Blue days are just something artists live with , i know i do . I always took it as with the gift of my talent i also got blue days that forever more i will deal with . Its the whole sweet and sour bit really , you cant have one without the other . Also no matter how far you reach in your career and how many accolades its will never be enough to stop the artistic temperament creeping up on you .
Health is another big issue the newpapers noted with adams passing . I think its very tough for a modern painter these day health wise . We are not just using acrylic or oils we are using multimedia as well , spray cans etc ...................the list goes on. All this over time is a very deadly cocktail and a product of our modern society and our wanting to be so original we will try lots of toxic new techniques . However without of health we have nothing . I take the whole health thing very seriously ..................i wear lots of gas masks at certain stages of my paintings and eat a very simple raw diet in the hope that even if chemicals do get in my system its so healthy it gets rid of it . ventilation is also important .Isolation is also a very hard emotional ride that artist's self inflict like its our badge of honor . I am always anti drugs and would prefer to run everyday to get a natural high that only exercise can achieve . I however think you can only do what you can and being a positive person is a good thing and having positive people around you on your blue days is a must .
Adam has achieved the ultimate goal of immortality this has always been the dream of the modern painter . !!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Now some very good friends of mine that i have known for decades are putting on a charity concert to raise money for cancer research. I am donating a "story bridge in teal " 60cm x 50cm its just beautiful and one of my most wanted version's i do of the bridge.Its just beautiful and electric in colours . I am donating 100% of the profit to their cause . I think we all know someone whos been touched by cancer this is just how an artist helps . This painting is 990.00 so if you want it, have to have it or just wanna donate to a wonderful cause contact "IAN" via firstname.lastname@example.org .!!!! And make it yours .
If your not in the market for a story bridge thats ok too but maybe you might wanna come to the concert at the Tivoli on Saturday night . Will be a huge night for sure . I love queen and this version of them are fantastic you will love them and nothing like a good CHARITY CONCERT. All the info is down below . I hope to see you all there !!!!!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
When i first saw beths fresh take on ALICE in wonderland i was amazed . The underwater idea is just fantastic. Wonderland can be where ever your imagination will take you and artists love to interperate this classic fairytale there own way . Beths version is original hence why i am so happy to be surporting this wonderful new talent .
WHIMSICAL opens on the 20th of july at 6pm till 8pm ................and then continues till the 20th of august at tosari galleries in toowoomba . www.tosarigalleries.com.au . !!!!!!!! I am very sure i will be adding a few of her beautiful photos to my collection . I know what i like when i see it and beths work took my breath away at first sight . so if your in town or around the area in the next month please do pop in and view her work.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Over the years i have shopped this street many many times but nothing was better then having corona's at the snakepit (a very cool little bar on melrose) with the american boy who oddly wore more make-up than me . Lets face it if it had not been for him i may never have painted this exact scean. ART is all about passion and adventure , experiences like this just enhance ones creativity .I always wanted a life that resembles wonderland and cant wait to fall down the next hole and end up in another place as special as MELROSE . X
Sunday, July 8, 2012
"KAKADU" is one of my most amazing paintings as i had to trek hours to get the photo and also travel for days to the destination . Years ago me and my trusty barbie pink idiot prove took this shot mind you another 20 shots did not work out . A few did and hence i created this painting with a very unique view . I loved the results . So a few years later i decided something must change and i must get some better skills for this exact reason. Ohhhhh and while at art college i even did a few electives in photography but clearly i learned nothing . I think you have to want to learn .
I have always had lots of friends who are amazing photographers ................they are all so god damn talented . I am grateful to be getting lots of advice and have even done a short course . They are all so supportive and yes they all make jokes like "have you taken the lens cap off". etc ...... while at this stage i feel happy just to be able to hold the camera straight. I am sure there will be many more jokes down the track .lol I know this skill will enable me to create much better paintings and capture a scean with much more confidence. I will never let a moment pass me by again now i have a REAL camera .x
I wanna thank the wonderful guys at https://www.facebook.com/FotoFrenzyPtyLtd for helping me on this wonderful journey .check out what they do as they are all the top of their fields .
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I admit i am a huge black animal fan , my cat was also black but she ran out of her nine lives a while back :( I love animals but think you have to really be able to give them lots attention and be in position in life to care for them properly . I have a few more pets i want in the future but with traveling it makes it difficult . I do see a black raven bird and a black Arabian horse as well in the future ..............ok and i am just upset that i cant have a rabbit in Queensland . I WANT A BUNNY any Alice in wonderland freak would have to have one . I have always found such carm in my chaos when animals are present. Hollywood is a total delight i am lucky she found me .x
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SilkShots-Photography/123642204349529 hes terrific with dealing with a temperamental artist like me so just imagine how great he can make you look.!!!!!!!!! I just love this photo , shows all the important features , ME , my matching lippy and stilettos and of course the ART.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Ohhhhhhhhhh what a night !!!!!! Well i had a wonderful time at the right royal affair ball to raise money for the royal Brisbane hospital . My latest painting of the story bridge called "under the bridge" was auctioned on the night. While i had an amazing evening my images of 'BALLS' are quiet different to some . I think someone is a little to into fairy-tales and Jane Austin books to handle the modern version . I imagine balls with prince charming and epic ball gowns with hopeful Cinderella's dancing the waltz. Clearly a very Disney version i imagined from my childhood . However in saying that prince charming was actually there some guy wore a Disney prince charming outfit hence my surprise only to find out he already had his own Cinderella . Isn't that just always the way girls .!!!!!!!!
I am very convinced i am not from this time , i just cant grasp the concept of dancing to 'Toto ' rains in Africa ................in saying that it was an AFRICAN theme. While any chance a girl gets to wear her pearls is good thing , I still hold out hope for a more traditional ball in my future ...................and yes my dress had a train , love romantic dresses with a slight Gothic /Edwardian feel . Its nice to dress up and be out of my docs every once in a while .X
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Very soon my new blog will be up and it will be about portraits only and all the stories behind each one .stay tuned x
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Then on the saturday i was judging an art show with the Margaret and Jan from the redhill gallery at St Lucia campus . The talent was amazing . I really enjoy judging but i find its always hard to judge others art but i am always very honored to be asked . One multimedia piece that was based on a students interest in dementia put a tear to my eyes . I guess thats the power of art and this girls sensitivity towards her subject showed amazing understanding and compassion . well done !!!!!!!!!!
I then spent the rest of the weekend getting to know a lovely refugee family from Iran . What wonderful people they are and so hospitable . I am now a fan of Iranian food , so healthy . I learned how excited they are to be here in a beautiful and safe country like australia where they can live their dreams . They are quiet modern and dont wear veils and are keen to fit with our culture . I feel i am learning so much about another culture that till this weekend i had no idea about . !!!!!
I was simply inspired by a wonderful weekend . Being an artist is all about the painting but also the very important journey one takes till the next blank canvas is completed .x
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Well now its always wonderful to see the ballet ..........................but ALICE in WONDERLAND is just a treat . In my town of brisbane there is a marvelous local ballet company called the 'Queensland ballet' , they have just done their version of alice in wonderland . It was awesome .!!!!! if your in town go and see it . Of course i had too its one of my dreams to see this ballet preformed all over the world as every ballet company will twist this twisted fairytale in a different direction . I loved the mad hatta the costum was epic ......................very colorful just like my paintings . So well done brisbane !!!!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
"la paix et la tranquillité" and is French for Peace and Tranquillity . !!!!!!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
http://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/ . I am such a fan of the architectural marvel that is the opera house . As an australian i feel very lucky to have such an icon so easily recognizable globally . I love to paint cityscapes always have i really think is because i have grown up in a city . If i were a county girl i guess landscapes might feature more in my work but for me its always been the cityscapes. I love tall skyscrapers against a blue sky as much as a white Opera house against a blue harbor . The trick is to paint this subject matter in your style and do it with passion and integrity. So i officially introduce you to the "SYDNEYSCAPE "
Friday, February 17, 2012
There is a certain unique gracefulness that purveys the work of young Brisbane Artist Starr. Over the past decade, she has carved herself a niche in the Australian art world that few can emulate.
With a Bachelor of Fine Art to hone the raw talent that has seen her painting since the age of five, Starr’s work exudes a charm and warmth that sees her work collected around the world.
This current exhibition, ‘Fluidity’ sees Starr break new exciting ground, with her flowing style and unmatched use of colour Starr can capture any scene and bring it to life. She is a true artist and her work captures the spirit of the masters, with a contemporary hand.
The exhibition opens at Traffic Jam Galleries , Sydney . march the 1st ......41 military rd neutral bay .