Elizabeth Cogley: “There are many aspects of creating an artwork. Use of medium, for me, should be appropriate to the subject. Depending on the environment, a choice of airbrushing, pastel or acrylic paint, or a combination of these is used. In each painting the animal or bird usually begins with layers of watercolour then more detailed work follows in pencil and finally gauche. Sometimes texture is exciting to use in the artworks. Texture can highlight the beauty of a rock, bark, moss or even the earth. When painting using oil paint, oil is all I use. Sometimes, however, it is great to add texture as well.
From the furthermost points of Cape York, Queensland to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, from Steep Point, Western Australia to Byron Bay on the mainland and then Tasmania, from our deserts to our tropical areas, our ecosystems are so varied and amazingly beautiful. My aim is to explore each region and gather plenty of reference material and knowledge of each area’s history and its flora and fauna, and also take every opportunity I can to protect our ecosystems.
Many of the creatures in my paintings are those of wildlife that have been rescued or have been orphaned. Others became the subject of paintings simply because they were an inspiration. My love of the Australian Bush and it’s Wildlife and importance the of protecting our beautiful and fragile environment are part of what continues to inspire me to paint.. I find great comfort in the process of creating an artwork, not only in the painting process but the journey of discovery that it takes me on beforehand.”