How Nature Motivates Me to Create Art by Art Sake

Nature is a motivating influence of creative inspiration. Throughout history, nature has maintained an important function as a resource of inspiration for visual artists.

Nature is a natural part of how we learn about our surroundings, interact with each other and respond to events that can develop, maintain and change our perceptions in unique ways within the community space of where we live. Pressing us individually and collectively to express what we experience from nature through the process of creating visual art.

Visual art is also sourced from nature, as the art materials ‘mediums’ that artists use to inspire and create their artworks are from nature. Water, clay, wood, graphite, charcoal, mixed pigments and ochres. Artists use nature to create their artworks. Internationally, Indigenous Peoples have created paint from their natural environment to draw, tell stories, and record their cultural existence on rocks and inside caves. Artists still access nature for art supplies, because the elements of nature provide art materials and equipment that artists use in art-making today.

This exhibition is available for viewing in the Lagoons Gallery in the Botanic Gardens Café from Wednesday February 27 to Sunday March 24, 2019.

The Botanic Gardens Café is open Wednesday to Friday, 9am to 3pm and weekends, 8am to 4pm.

Contact: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Phone: (07) 4952 7300