Amabile studied Art and Design at Monash University and completed a Post Grad in Education. Based in Horsham, she left her teaching career to invest further in her own art in 2012. For many years Amabile focused on producing linocuts on various themes. Her career highlights include solo exhibitions at several regional public galleries, and the acquisition of “Emus’ in the Silk Cut Award that has been donated to the collection of the N.G.A.
Burnt Out Grass Trees
In 2005-6 there were devastating fires in the Grampians. I was fortunate to have one of my lino cuts featured in a book (Beyond the Smoke) that resulted from this event. Many people who were impacted had their stories recorded.
Inspired by the images of the grass trees, I visited a family who lived at the foot of the Grampians and photographed the grass tree stumps that remained after the fire went through.
I noted that the grass trees grow in spirals and on sandy soil. Even though the ground was bare, there were remnants of the quills and other plant debris scattered around the stumps. They were brown but I used artistic licence to depict the orange heat of fire.
My first designs were quite realistic but, they eventually became more abstract as I searched to make a series of works that were connected to this theme. These works are hand coloured using Sennelier inks and vary in colour. Each is a unique piece of art.
They have been shown in several exhibitions including Horsham Regional Art Gallery in 2018 in “Line through the Landscape”,
The unique flora of Australia has always been a source of inspiration. The distinct shape of the flowers lends itself well to the creation of strong linocut design.