Hello and welcome!
I'm Steph, an artist specialising in botanical and natural artworks. I also create abstract art, which I find to be more therapeutic and a better way of expressing myself creatively. Currently I am exploring abstract realism as a way of bringing my love of natural elements and my emotive side together.
I was born in New Zealand, and moved to Melbourne in 2014. After yearning for a creative career all my life (and dabbling in many things, including fashion design, backstage theatre work and lifestyle blogging) I finally discovered and fell in love with botanical watercolour. My love for watercolour started when I decided I wanted to design my own tattoo - I had been dreaming of a dramatic half sleeve, awash with colourful flowers! After a botanical art course at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, the tattoo idea slowly faded but the passion for painting flowers was in full bloom.
After a year of painting in watercolour, I began to struggle with motivation. I realised that although I was able to recreate the beauty of flora, I felt stifled creatively. Abstract pieces and abstract realism are a way of expressing my emotions and thoughts , the exploration of these forms of art have been liberating. They also allow me to be able to focus on complex botanical pieces when I need to, and overall feel more fulfilled as an artist.