Introducing Radishka! One of our new fave artists and the creator of our new print 'Hibiscus Kiss'. Radishka is a largely self-taught Australian contemporary artist creating captivating figurative works in oil, acrylic and watercolour. Radishka's love of travel is the greatest source of inspiration for her work. She believes that 'the ideal life is to paint with no pause button' and she lives true to this ethos having painted throughout her travels in Turkey, Egypt, Hawaii, Australia, Sri Lanka, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, the USA and Bali.
We were lucky enough to chit chat with Radishka about her creative process, studio and home design. Let's get into it!
Q. How would you describe your artwork to someone who’d never seen it?
A. I would say it’s expressive figurative artwork, that captures fluidity in a snapshot of time.
Q. What do you hope people get from your artwork?
A. I would like them to feel a sense of calm that comes from leisure but with an edge of excitement that comes from escaping the every day; becoming an arm chair traveller in those moments in time.
Q. Can you describe your personal home decorating style?
A. My home is probably a combination of French Art Deco meets plantation bungalow. The home itself is painted salmon pink on the outside, finished with stark white shutters and borders which contrast nested within the green foliage.
Q. What’s your favourite item at home/your most treasured possession (functional or decorative)?
I’m going to have to pick the house itself - but if it’s an item, I would say it’s an Aboriginal Barramundi reed weaved sculpture from NT.
Q. What (other than art) are you passionate about, and can you tell us a bit about it?
A. I absolutely adore travel. Learning about new cultures, the different environments and people. This obsession not only resonates in my art but also when I studied film, media and anthropology at University.
Q. What’s your favourite quote or saying?
A. Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. ~ Khalil Gibran
Q. Something I have a particular interest in is human resilience. Can you tell us about a challenge in your life that turned out to be a blessing?
A. Resilience came in the form of growing up has a brown skinned child from immigrant parents and grandparents in Australia. Topping it off being a brown female in the corporate world of finance has had its challenges. Now bringing up two girls of my own, I see the way they too are challenged by racial preconceptions and stereotypes. In retrospect the challenges gave me a world view of not belonging to either culture completely yet an incredible sense of pride and love for both my cultures and this in turn mirrors in both my girls as well as my art.