The Artist is Present
About the artist and artwork
Martina Clarke is a figurative oil painter who lives in the Gold Coast hinterland. She is heavily inspired by the Australian landscape and how people relate to their environment.
This is reflected in her paintings, as she explores universal sensations of sunlight, contemplation and slowness, which are inspired by the natural environment.
This self portrait portrays the artists relationship to self and to her muse; the forest.
Through this painting she reveals her own calm confidence of someone who has spent many hours in this forest exploring, observing and painting. She props herself up on a leaning tree trunk with her brushes still in hand and gazes steadily at the viewer as if you are the subject of her next artwork.
Martina Clarke won the People’s Choice Award in BPP 2022.