Bala (meaning strength) is a new painting from my series, Citta. My intention for this series is to explore the interplay of mind and heart (thought and expression) in my creative process. As with many of the Arts, the development of technique and practice over many years forms a sound stage on which expression can dance, without inhibition. My body and senses have developed a familiar relationship with my 'tools of the trade’, the consistency of paint, the drag of the brush, the timing… There’s an inner sense, or knowing, that evolves from practice that allows the mind to rest. If I can get out of my own way and trust in this relationship, then space opens for intuition to rise and guide the process. My hope for this series is that you can rest in the technique but more importantly, that you can feel the heart and creative expression, as this is where authentic connection and joy reside.'
All paintings are finished in two coats of a satin lacquer for protection and longevity.
Stephanie grew up in the country areas of the New South Wales Central Coast and moved to the Gold Coast in 1997 to be closer to her family. Daughter of political cartoonist Larry Pickering and 1 of 11 children, she enjoyed a colourful and interesting childhood. With a background in graphic design she was a partner in ‘Studio Otto Illustration and Design’ for 12 years before deciding to devote her time fully to painting in 2007. ‘I aim to achieve a sense of visual completeness in my work by exploring the interplay of various elements like contrast, colour, texture and tone. She is interested in the correlation between these elements and our own human traits, and how this can influence our response to them.