Katherine Chouliaras Lewis
1. What part of the process of creating art do you like best?
My signature artworks are my abstracts. I derive my inspiration from my surroundings, my mood and imagination. Each artwork is unique and has its own appeal. Through the use of colour, shapes and textures my abstract artworks evolve to portray a unique story and experience for each observer. I love to experiment with my artwork, using different mediums, surfaces and techniques. I also enjoy traditional art using oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastels, pencils, scratchboard etc., and affiliate with my subject particularly when painting fauna and flora. I love being creative!
2. What is your working environment like?
My home studio is my creative retreat! It is a reflection of me! My art studio is my space for reference, contemplation, experimentation and creativity. However, I have been known to take over parts of the house and garden to further extend my creativity and artworks.
3. What kind of (formal & informal) art training have you had?
I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. I have had some private art tuition and attended a few art workshops using oils, acrylics, ceramics, mozaics and scratchboard. I continue to investigate and experiment with new techniques and mediums and I am a member of a few Art Societies in which we exchange ideas and attend workshops and demonstrations. I further my learning and art passion through online tutorials, magazines, books, dvd's and YouTube. In May 2018 after my exhibition at 'Arts On Burgundy', Heidelberg, I was offered a position to teach Art.
4. Name some important influences and inspirations in your art career.
Vincent Van Gogh has been the most important influence and inspiration in my art career.
5. List recent exhibitions of your work?
August 2018 - Contemporary Art Exhibition (Riot Art, Northland Store, Preston). 2018 - Heidelberg Artists' Society Art Shows: Warringal Shopping Centre; Bulleen Plaza; Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. May 2018 - Art By Kathy Exhibition - 'Gallery 104', Arts On Burgundy, Heidelberg. 2018 - Contemporary Art Show - Victorian Artists' Society, East Melbourne. 2017 - Contemporary Art Exhibition, Urban Crafter, Fitzroy. 2016- 2017 - Heidelberg Artists' Society Art Shows: Warringal SC; Bulleen Plaza; Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. 2016- 2017 - Contemporary Art Show; Spring Art Show; Winter Art Show - Victorian Artists' Society, East Melbourne.
6. Describe some highlight/turning points of your art career?
I retired in 2012, after a teaching and managerial career of 31 years in the Victorian Education Department as a IT Manager at Head Office for 5 years and a Maths/Science and IT secondary teacher for 26 years. My retirement allowed me to further pursue my creativity and focus on my passions - Art, Photography and travel.
'Autumn Spirit' by Katherine Chouliaras Lewis, acrylics on canvas, 100 x 75 cm (2016)
'Spring', by Katherine Chouliaras Lewis, acrylics on canvas, 64 x 55 cm (2017)