Alice Nelson does amazing things with resin. Her paintings swirl and flow with colour and depth reminiscent of the sea, the sky and the universe. You can loose yourself in their frozen liquidity, which is exactly what she wants you to do. Her works pop on Instagram which is where I found her. Not only does she make art but she is also studying for a fine arts degree and has two young children!
Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today.
My name is Alice. I’m 27 years old, am a mother to two incredible girls and in my final year of studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I have always had a passion for art and a strong need to create. I have been lucky to have such supportive family who always encouraged me to do what makes me happy, so the decision to study fine arts came easy. Aside from my children, and uni, I manage to make time to paint and share my works via Instagram and Facebook for anyone who enjoys them.
Tell us about your art – the mediums you use, what inspires you.
Over the years I have experimented with several mediums for painting. About a year ago I discovered resin and instantly fell in love with it. I love the process of creating with resin, and how each drop comes with uniqueness. The process of creating these works is very therapeutic for me. I am inspired by the ocean, particularly The Great Barrier Reef, coral, and microscopic images of coral and plant cells. The colours nature has to offer us are heaven to me!
Tell us about your creative process – how do you like to work, where do you like to work?
When working with resin, there are a lot of heath and safety issues that I need to take care of. So for that reason, I need a controlled environment. I use my garage-turned-studio, decked out with tarps, tables, and a beautiful supply of colours on hand. Also, working from home suits me well with two young children.
What is or has been the hardest or most challenging part of what you do and setting up and growing your business?
The most challenging part of what I do is getting the set up right. There can’t be any dust, hair, insects or dirt in the room as this can set on the works. But the room also needs a lot of ventilation. So it’s a struggle, usually.
I never imagined that I’d have as much interest in my works as I do! I’m very thankful for that. People share my images, or buy my works, and naturally that increases my audience. It’s very flattering to see.
I’m currently working on …
I am about to start a new body of work inspired by telescopic images of our universe. The universe is fascinating and I’m really excited to capture this beauty within my works.
Apart from your work, what other interests or hobbies do you have?
I play piano, just for myself now. I love spending time with my family in the sun, on the beach. Good food, good company and many laughs.
The best thing about living in Brisbane is …
The gigs! Good cafes. An amazing art museum.
It’s not very cool, but I really like…
Have you ever had a ‘who’d have thought’ moment?
I think I have that moment each time I sell a painting. I think, “Who’d have thought someone would buy this!” Its always a lovely surprise, which keeps me smiling for days.
Tell us about any exhibitions you have coming up.
During the winter holidays I am hoping to part of another Raw show here in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast.
Thanks so much for your time, Alice.