Original Art Masks
10 years ago, when I took up painting initially, it began as a hobby and gave me some much needed time out from my busy life as a wife, mother of 3 and small business owner. When I started, I really didn’t think of painting as anything more than a hobby and certainly didn’t envisage that it would morph into a business. However, as time went on I found that my interest in and the enjoyment I derived from oil painting very quickly grew into something I had to do and something that I am incredibly passionate about.
My passion for painting was fostered by my friend, teacher and mentor, renowned Australian artist Mr Warwick Tait. Warwick taught me how to use oil paints and about how to correctly layout and compose my work. Throughout my time with Warwick, I have created a diverse range of work, including everything from landscapes to nudes, to Renaissance style pieces and even abstract art. However, when I started painting the masks, I knew I’d found my own style and decided to pursue it.
My first masks were inspired by a picture of 3 mask style faces I found in a magazine and the next one was an Arabian style piece with a genie mask emerging from a lantern. The colour and detail of the masks intrigued and mesmerised me and after a lot of trial & error, and brainstorming, I started to create my own Venetian inspired masks.
The task of creating one of my original pieces takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from concept to completion; of course, this will differ depending on the level of detail involved.
Firstly, I sketch my concept idea into a sketchbook; this allows me to visualise what the completed mask will look like. I then create a three dimensional mask from plaster of paris, this will form the focal point for the piece. Once completely dry, the plaster mask is then attached to the timber backing board which forms the blank canvas.
Once the plaster mask is attached to the backing board, I sketch the design around the mask – this is where colour will be added and the piece will begin to come to life. The masks are painted using oil paints because the colour has more depth and texture, but I have incorporated other mediums such as artificial gold leaf; the use of mediums other than oil paint help to give the masks personality and a more three dimensional look and feel.
I believe that my creative process and the different mediums I incorporate help give my masks their unique look and feel and why you’ll never see two Original Art Masks that are the same. I love creating my masks and I hope you’ll love enjoying one of my pieces in your own home.
A commissioned mask requires a 10% deposit and full payment on completion of the original mask which can take up to 8 weeks. I ask that client choose their colour pallet for their masks but the design of the mask is something of high importance to me.