I want to re-create the feeling of connection, openness and expansiveness that I experience when I’m out in the middle of nowhere – just the sky above, the earth under my feet and me. Whether I’m walking in the outback or scuba diving – I seem so small and at one with it all. I want people who view my work to be lifted into that space, and to share similar experiences and feelings.
Candyss is an artist with deep affinity and respect for the landscape and our environment. This passion lends both intensity and emotion to her work which goes beyond simple representation. Her process becomes an inward journey, from connection with the land and the ocean, she reshapes the external experience, allowing the paint and memory of place to spontaneously create new colours, markings and shapes, from this inner landscape that then evolves.
Candyss’ love of colour is predominant in her work. The canvasses rarely represent specific landmarks or locations, but rather convey the mood, rich colours and spirit of the place, and seek to evoke emotion and contemplation.
Candyss has exhibited in many galleries and events, both nationally and internationally, for the past 29 years. Her artwork can be found in both corporate and private collections. Candyss began exhibiting in Asia and soon established a client base and sold through her own studio and other gallery representations.
After returning to Sydney, Candyss opened her own studio gallery in a large warehouse in Curl Curl, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She opened her gallery in Balgowlah which ran successfully for years. Candyss is now painting and exhibiting from the large warehouse studio gallery in Balgowlah’s industrial area. Recent works can be viewed at the warehouse 3/2 Roseberry Street, Balgowlah, and is open to the public by appointment only.
I would not survive if I didn’t create art. Creating, writing and painting is an integral part of my everyday life. I have to paint, I love to paint and I am not myself if I don’t create. I experience freedom and connection during the creative process. Painting for me is a process of exploration and experimentation focusing on the constant play of colour and light.
Nature’s intrinsic rhythms, patterns and sounds are a large influence on my depiction of the land. Painting the landscape for me is not only a tangible and aesthetic procedure but it also involves intuition, emotion and tapping into the unexplained mystery of ourselves; our connection with the land and our connection to Source. I aim to create a mood and an atmosphere of my experiences based on memory. I love to paint in the desert, at our local beaches and return to work large scale in my warehouse studio.