Debbie Mackinnon Artist Statement
Large paintings start on location, with quick energetic drawings – exploring with mark making. A frequent traveller, my sketchbooks are essential for exploring new places around the world – drawings always leave me with powerful memories. Landscape paintings develop more slowly in my Sydney art studio. The process is intuitive and the outcome unknown, so I value the energy triggered by the constant experimentation I need to bring to each painting. Works evolve in multiple layers using high quality, colour saturated, acrylic and oil paints to create contemporary Australian landscapes.
The need for the human spirit to be connected to the natural environment is more relevant than ever; my work aims to bring the ‘outside in’.
Everything just feels better when immersed in nature.