To Share a Moment, Capture it in Paint

Artist Statement

I am an Australian artist with a passion for birds. More than just capturing a likeness of birds, I want to share some of those special moments I have spent watching birds through my art. I aim to portray their unusual and fascinating behaviours, the beautiful places they live, and the funny things they do. Like black swans ripping green weed from the bottom of a river, pelicans preening and leaving a trail of soft feathers in the water, or grey fantails fan dancing amongst the trees. I enjoy developing art that is both true to the subject and my own interpretation of the mood to produce unique and vibrant works.

I work from my own photos as my ideas and inspiration come from watching the birds, not just the still photo. I believe a painting should tell you something more than a photo; something about the character or behaviour of the bird, or the mood or feeling of the place or moment. I use many different styles and techniques in my art depending on the story I am telling in each particular painting, but there are a few characteristics of my work that are quite distinctive. I like to use line to add emphasis, impact and sometimes to suggest movement. I generally use very bright and pure colours to create bold paintings; I find this adds life and brings joy to my paintings.


Exhibitions and Awards

2021 “Did U Know” Wildlife Art Exhibition, Cooroy Butter Factory

Increasing interest and awareness of SE Queensland Wildlife

2020 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital Kangaroo Point

Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2020 QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition

Awarded highly commended for “Unmasked”.

2019 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside

Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2019 Petite Pieces Exhibition, Aspire Gallery

Three paintings exhibited as Gallery Finalists.

2018 QWASI Australia Wild Art Exhibition

Runner up in People's Choice for “Rufous Masquerade”.

2018 THECA Art Exhibition, Chapel Hill

Runner up in People's Choice for “Paint the Town Scarlet”.

2018 “Bird Tales” Solo Exhibition at Bulimba Library

Telling the stories of birds through paintings.

2018 Foot Square Exhibition, Aspire Gallery

Awarded local business sponsor prize for “Glamah”.

2018 QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition

Awarded highly commended for “Propagation of Wild Rose”.

2017 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital

Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2017 Scody Cycling Brisbane Jersey Design Competition

Third place with design printed on cycling jerseys.

2016 QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition

Commended Award for “Albadango”.

Commended Award for “There’s a Toucan out my Window”.

2016 Finalist in Brisbane City Council CityCat Design Competition

Designs from all finalists are displayed inside the CityCat.

2016 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital

Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2015 Published “Through my Eyes” Art Book

Limited-edition art book, written and produced by Kristy-Ann, telling the stories behind her paintings.

2015 “Through my Eyes” Solo Exhibition

In Kristy-Ann’s second solo exhibition at The Substation in Paddington she invited viewers to ‘See the Wonder of Birds Through my Eyes’.

2015 “Outside In” Exhibition, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital

Bringing some joy and colour of the outside world into the hospital.

2015 Petite Pieces Exhibition at Aspire Gallery, Paddington

Highly commended in judged award and winner of the People’s Choice award.

2014 International Contemporary Masters VIII

Published in an international art book featuring contemporary artists.

2014 QWASI International Wildlife in Art Exhibition

Awarded highly commended for “Fan-Dancing Fantails”.

2014 Exhibited at the grand opening of the Flourish Interiors Showroom (Bulimba).

2014 Joined the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc. (QWASI)

2010 “Making my Mark” Solo Exhibition

In Kristy-Ann's first Solo exhibition at Percolator Gallery in July 2010 (dedicated to her husband), she revealed her love for birds, a passion she shared with her husband.