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Pursuing Dreams

Pursuing Dreams

Corrina McLaughlin is a Queensland based visual artist whose work has a focus on the pressures of society in today's culture in regards to spirituality. She has been practising art for nearly ten years. She regularly exhibits her work and is forging to find gallery representation along with her adorning audience.

Meet Corrina:

How would you explain your style of work and how long have you been practising it? ~ My current style of work is realist coloured pencil drawings with a hint of the surreal. I have been focusing on coloured pencil for about two years and before that more so on graphite and acrylic paint as mediums. My work is forever evolving through continual practise and experimentation with various themes for exhibitions. As well as fine art, I also make journal books and enjoy doing origami. Some of the books I have made have been artist books either solo or collaborative which is always an enjoyable experience. 

When did you realise you wanted to be an artist and were there any key steps you took? ~ I always wanted to be an artist! I originally started my journey by completing a Bachelors and Honours degree in creative arts at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba. This year my focus is going to be on participating in various art awards/competitions and group shows.

Do you have any creative projects in the pipeline? ~ I am currently working on a proposal for a joint exhibition with my sister, Mellony Burke. The theme is based around fire and its effects that can be both disasterous and also spiritual.

Where do you get your inspiration from? ~ My inspiration and motivation comes from when I have created that great exhibition idea! I then research and feel like I can go full steam ahead. I usually use stock reference websites for my images often combining two to three images into one artwork.

Where are you based and how do you get involved within your community? ~ I am currently based on the Northern Rivers in Ballina. My most recent involvement was at the Lismore Regional Gallery, where I had a solo exhibition.

What does success mean to you? ~ This is a tricky question, cause to me in the art world success has many different avenues it can take. When I was in high school doing art and dreaming big I viewed one of my successful achievements that would allow me to say yes I have done it!, was to exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art! But now I view success as working hard towards having my art noticed by the right people and to gain gallery representation and to be a full time artist where I can financially sustain my life. 

What are your goals for 2018? ~ I plan to develop a cohesive portfolio and an exhibition proposal. I want to look at exhibiting interstate or at least not locally and enter at least three to five art prizes. 

Where can people find your portfolio and connect with you online? ~ Instagram, Facebook, Etsy and on my website.

What makes you happy? ~ Spending time with family especially my kids. Going to the beach. Being able to have time to focus creatively and being inspired.

Can share some advice to those you are wanting to get in touch with their creative side and follow their passion? ~ Just go for it!! Try everything and anything. There is no such thing as failure in art. Connect with creative people it's more fun to share the journey. Take classes and workshops and don’t be afraid to take risks.

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