Thea Bourne

After a career as physiotherapist, I took up Art in 1986. I progressed from evening college, through TAFE, to university, where I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts [with Honours] at UNSW.

Although I had a very successful exhibition of paintings early in my artistic career, the sensitivity and drama of charcoal seduced me so, that for almost 2 decades I used hardly any colour at all, but explored and exploited the versatility of this slow-burned wood.


That the subjects of these drawings were shells from an Aboriginal midden, was not by chance – the resurrection of these shells, with charcoal, from their charcoal-rich grave, had a profound influence on my art.


It is only fairly recently that I have started to connect the shells to their surroundings – places where water and land interact – and where the use of colour is unavoidable.  I am enjoying this journey and know this ride will take me to interesting places, both in the landscape as well as in my art.
 

 Thea with her still life

Thea with her still life

 The Lilypond

The Lilypond

 The Colour of Time

The Colour of Time

 Windjana Rock Art

Windjana Rock Art

 Lake Argyle II

Lake Argyle II