Hi there, I'm Alyshia.
'Studio Marlo' is my creative hub encompassing my multidisciplinary visual arts and illustration practice. 'Marlo' meaning made & rendered with love.
After beginning my career in the city as a designer and creative assistant, the call to return to my regional roots and be closer to my family and farming partner was strong. At the end of 2014 I decided to take the leap, moving back to the part of Western Victoria that I love; beginning to work on 'Studio Marlo' with the support of my family, friends and my now husband. Trial and error and endless curiosity has seen me find my own diverse and multifaceted approach to making art in the place I consider 'home'.
I draw inspiration from many sources, but most prominently from narrative and the natural world. My home studio on the farm is full of wild and whimsical characters with their own personalities and stories to tell, as well as work inspired by the beauty and wonder of nature and my personal connection to the land. I feel very lucky to be able to share some of the magic of the landscape I and am surrounded by daily, through my work.
Recent studies in Art Therapy enhanced my learning about using my creative practice as a way to quietly contemplate and be mindful of my thoughts, feelings and environment. My love for the natural world and it's calming, peaceful qualities and the joyful grounding nature of noticing the smallest of details are all things I aim to share in my art. I wish I could say I felt like a master of one media, but I am rather more of a 'jack of all trades' type creator. At the moment my practice centres on drawing, painting, collage & ceramics.
For me, creating things goes hand in hand with being myself. I don't feel like 'me' when I'm not making. If this sounds like you too, or a part of yourself you would like to explore further... I hope you feel inspired to flex your creative muscles in your own life also. Thanks for stopping by and supporting me in continuing to pursue my passion. If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch via the contact page.
✎ BA Creative Arts (Deakin University) ✎ MA Art Therapy (La Trobe University)
2019 - Finalist South West International Womens Day Art Prize (Major Category)
2016 - Finalist South West International Womens Day Art Prize (Emerging Category)
© 2020 Alyshia McInnes.