Fine art artist – pastellist.
Millie didn’t start to paint until her thirties, not surrounded by family or friends who took an interest in art making, she had to find her own way and discover who she was as an artist, which, she states: “Was no mean feat.”
Workshops ensued over the years, mainly learning how to paint with watercolour, in 1997 Millie received her BA in Fine Art from the Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW and worked mainly in oils. She also has a Master in Mental Health from the University of Queensland specialising in Art Therapy.
University was great in that they encouraged ‘conceptual’ art, which is the art of ‘ideas.’ But, no drawing or painting skills were taught and Millie had to teach herself which she has done quite successfully.
Millie lives on one of the local islands in the southern Moreton Bay region and she is very influenced by her surroundings. The peace and quiet of the wetlands, the forever moving ocean and weather and the wind swept beaches are often depicted in her portrayals of the island in which she lives and you can find her on the foreshores’ painting plein air, or in her studio translating what she sees into colour enriched pastel paintings, her favourite medium.
People are often intrigued by pastels and often get them confused with ‘chalk.’ Chalk is mixed with lime and is a different medium to artist quality pastels.
The same pigment as is used in oils, watercolour, acrylic etc. is found in pastels but the pastels are bound differently. Oil is bound by linseed oil, watercolour by gum Arabic, pastel is bound by Gum tragacanth becomes a dry medium.
Therefore, Pastel must be under glass and it is advised when purchasing a pastel without a frame to only use an experienced framer who has worked with pastel paintings. Be careful not to place your hands on the painting as you could smear the medium. Having said that, if your painting has been made with high quality pastel and archival sanded paper, loss of dust is very minimal and the work is quite robust. Pastels are long lasting and don’t fade or crack, please read about pastels at the website as indicated below.
Please enjoy your new pastel painting.