Nell Symonds

Still life has a calmness that Nell has been drawn to over and over again. It quietly commands you to gaze into its eyes and know the depths of its soul. Nell grounds the painting with natural subjects and reminds us that life can be enjoyed slowly and quietly. The objects are placed alone in the landscape of the painting, encouraging us to reflect and appreciate that alone does not mean lonely. The composition creating balance is key to the work. A simple but bold colour palette completes Nell’s paintings. And above all, shadows. The image thrown by a shadow brings a new dimension to the object, creating as it were a second world. These worlds live side by side in the light but never in the dark. Nell was raised in the south west of W.A. Living in small towns with strong communities and spending her time largely outdoors. Whether in the native bush, learning to discern the difference between Jarrah or Red Gums, or by the ocean. Nell predominately worked in graphite and charcoal in her 20s. Traveling extensively called for a creative practice that was light on the luggage. After a tumultuous early 30s of loss and recovery, Nell found time to explore her creativity once again. Becoming a mother and wife has changed her perspective on life and herself. Developing calmness and cultivating the patience required for long hours refining the practice of oil painting.