The artist behind loki loves
Hi, I'm Vanda!
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with nature.
I’m a self-taught emerging watercolour artist from Melbourne, Australia.
As an artist, I am driven to capture the beauty in nature and create original works that bring joy and peace to the soul.
The more I explore the world around me, the more I learn about myself.
I encourage the viewer to explore locally, outside in nature as well as within themselves.
Let’s get to know each other a bit better
I grew up in London, a big urban environment with beautiful parks that hold special memories of time spent with family and friends. This cultivated my interest and respect for nature, curiosity to learn more about plants and animals. As a family, we watched nature documentaries and anything Sir David Attenborough was in, I have the utmost respect for that man and all he has done to help us understand the wonder that surrounds us, but most importantly the footprint we make on the planet. This curiosity feeds my art and photography, it plays a big part in my observations and I take great enjoyment with it. Check out my Instagram or Facebook as I regularly post photos and follow along with me as I learn more about our beautiful Australian wildlife.
I try to do my part and reuse and recycle as much as possible and encourage those around me to do the same. I do my utmost not to be wasteful in my art practice as well as in my work, running a paperless office and reusing materials to package my work. Don’t worry, I promise you’ll be delighted with how your purchase is beautifully gift wrapped when you receive it.
My art practice is currently part-time (as I also work in my other business by day supporting women to reach their business goals) as it supports my art business. I am hoping to sell my artworks and photo prints in my shop to fund my creative journey and allow me to enter more exhibitions and grow my skills.
Funnily enough, I've never felt like a creative person, I enjoyed art class very much, especially trying different materials like linocut, sculpture, and oil painting with a trowel. Visits to galleries and museums opened my eyes to so many styles of art. But I wasn’t really encouraged as a kid and just remember being told I couldn’t draw. I had no idea decades later I would fall in love with watercolour and want to pursue it as a career. I had no idea how my life would change in my 40’s.
Out of the blue, I had a migraine, or so I first thought, that lasted weeks and just got worst and worst. Then an excruciating stabbing pain in my right ear drove me to get answers. After being diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a neurological facial pain disorder I was struggling. I felt lost and didn’t know who I was anymore.
My husband bought me some watercolour mermaid markers for Christmas 2017, I didn’t really know what to do with them but eventually starting to play with them. I enjoyed creating even those the shapes and colours were basic, I got into it more and started to discover this quiet place within me, peaceful and away from pain and judgment. That was the start of my creative journey. In 2019 I decided I wanted to become an artist to share my passions and journey with dealing with pain through creativity. You can read more about it in my blog.
I have become obsessed with watercolour pigments. I have no fear of the blank page but rather see it as an exploration into my mind and environment. I have developed a passion for botanical painting, it’s like a veil has fallen from my eyes and I see the rainbow of delights on every street, small treasures in the cracks of the pavement, the resilience of life on a dead tree stump.
Continuing to hone my skills and understanding of watercolours, improve my illustration and grow my knowledge of Australian biodiversity so I can better communicate what I see onto paper. I want to play with colour and form to have a positive impact on my environment, evolving as we all must do.
Thank you so much for visiting my website and taking the time to find out more about me, the artist behind Loki Loves!
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Feel free to share your journey with me! If you can relate to my battle with pain, I'm always open to chat as well!