Letting nature inspire artists
ARTIST, teacher and gardener Inger Lenau wants to use the beauty of nature, seen in a garden, to help people reconnect with their own nature and their impulses to create.
She is setting up art classes in the Rose Cottage garden in North Boambee, part of the NSW School of Natural Medicine.
The cottage looks out on peaceful paddocks and has an extensive garden, originally planted with flowers and herbs by the late Rose Montgomery.
The garden has become somewhat overgrown in recent years and Inger is beginning work to restore the garden as well as setting up a studio.
The Swedish-born artist has been shuttling between Europe and Australia in recent years and has now settled permanently in Coffs Harbour and will begin teaching drawing and painting this month.
“I find this setting, just out of Coffs, to be ideal for nature studies and teaching,” she said.
“I am wishing to inspire people to pursue their creative abilities.
“Nature is one of the utmost creative forces we can witness.
“Understanding how organisms construct themselves, adapt and constantly transform from one stage to another gives the learning process an enormous boost.
“Working and studying in this atmosphere, sharpening your visual focus and exercising precision in your observations opens up your creativity.
“The ability to see and witness nature’s unique processes of transformation gives us a key to creativity.
“My own art work focuses on natural ochres and how the different qualities of colour are revealed through different forms of light exposure.”
The art classes focus on giving the students different tools and techniques as guidelines in the process of identifying each individual’s creative talents.