This joint exhibition  introduces Veronica O’Leary from Tathra to the Hive Gallery, pairing her with a favourite artist in Kylie Sirett, who has been in our stable for 5 years. Both desire to elevate the everyday, seeing beauty in food, flowers and familiar objects, and appreciating that the ability to do so ‘Nourishes the soul.’

Veronica O’Leary

“My paintings for ‘Nourish the Soul’ pay tribute to the genre of still life painting.

As a contemporary woman painter, I am conscious of Australian artists Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Olley and Cressida Campbell who forged a celebratory vision of the lived daily experiences of the domestic environment. They elevated the ordinary into the wondrous.

I want those who see my paintings to reflect on the splendid in the everyday, the complex beauty of our Australian flora and the transience of captured moments in time.

The captivating can be found in the cast of light on a familiar object, the glance of shadow on a complex flower, and the sweet taste of shared food- all these moments render life richer.”

Kylie Sirett

“As an artist, Kylie Sirett draws her inspiration for her still life works from her immediate surroundings.; from items in her everyday life. Whether it be readily available produce, household items, or pieces from her vintage kitchen collection. The everyday. It’s accessible.

Produce shopping at her local farm gate with her family, the neighbours fruit trees, the fruit gifted by friends when they come across produce that still has leaves or that they think she might find interesting. Kylie aims to inspire others to also appreciate what’s around us every day. Her current still life series focuses light and its’ effect on surfaces and textures.

After completing high school Kylie began her fine art training at Footscray TAFE, she completed the first year, focusing on drawing and oil painting. However, she decided not to continue, instead accepting a Graphic Arts Apprenticeship, putting the brushes and pencils down for almost 15 years. Her passion for drawing and painting was re-ignited in 2008 and she hasn’t stopped creating since.

Kylie’s time in the graphic arts industry has provided a solid background in colour, composition and traditional printing techniques as the industry moved into the digital world.”

Kylie works from her studio in Hurstbridge, Victoria