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Dig Deep by Natalie Briney

Next event Tuesday 16 Aug from 10am to 4pm

By Margaret River Open Studios, Margaret River HEART & CinefestOZ

Living on the lands of the traditional Wadandi Pibleman people, Natalie Briney is surrounded by an ever changing vista of Australian native fauna and flora. A Margaret River Open Studios, Margaret River HEART and CinefestOZ collaboration.

The last few years have been one of hardship and challenges. For us all as a collective and for me personally. It has been important for me to remind myself what brings me joy and happiness through what have been some of the toughest times. This work is a reflection of me working through these challenges, to ‘Dig Deep’, stay positive and to be the best wife, mother, friend and artist I can be.

Natalie will be exhibiting her new body of works at the Margaret River HEART as part of Margaret River Open Studios and CinefestOZ Film Festival.

Artist Statement

The inspiration for my paintings comes from the beautiful bushland I walk through every day with my dog. My home farm backs on to the Blackwood River and as far as the eye can see, I am surrounded by an ever-changing vista of Australian native fauna and flora.

Each day I walk the lands of the traditional Wadandi and Pibelman people and cannot help but be inspired by the various shades of green in the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree, their gnarly grey-orange bark and when in flower, the fluffy bursts of white, bright red, vibrant orange, deep pink, and lime green. The Eucalyptus tree is ever quick to remind you of its presence if overlooked.

As I continue to walk, I catch glimpses of brown Kangaroo’s and their young lying amongst these bushlands, hundreds of grey rabbits with bright white fluffy tails frantically going about their business. I look up and see black cockatoo’s flying overhead with their splendid red or yellow tails, calling out to each other in what sounds like a mournful wail.

My paintings are inspired by this natural world of beauty that I am lucky enough to call my home. The colours I see and the sounds I hear and the feelings of peace, timelessness and wonderment and that I am never alone.

The process I use to begin each piece, is by tearing up old and damaged book papers that I have sourced often from thrift shops or have been gifted by friends and family. It gives me time to think about and plan my colours and composition. The painting process for me is entirely immersive, quiet, meditative. Much like my walks through the bush.

I use a variety of stencils, stamping, scribbling with pen or pencil, spray paint, dotting, scraping the paint with found objects to build up multiple layers of texture, which create a visually and tactilely exquisite, finished piece.

Since early 2022, a new body of work has developed, which I have titled my ‘Dig Deep’ phase. It is a reflection of me working through the challenges of the past two years, not only personally but collectively.


About Margaret River Open Studios

Margaret River Region Open Studios designs, co-ordinates and promotes a free annual open art studios event to showcase the increasingly diverse and vibrant visual arts throughout the Margaret River region. The event has become the biggest of its kind in Australia.

The ninth Open Studio event will be held 10 to 25 September 2022, offering art lovers the rare chance to visit private art studios, meet artists and view their works in progress.

Margaret River Region Open Studios Inc is a not-for-profit organisation, administered by a Board of professionals, artists, volunteers and contracted personnel whose aim is to promote Visual Arts throughout the Region.

Come and experience the vibrant visual arts scene in the Margaret River Region, and plan your art trail adventure using our website or free event guide.


About CinefestOZ Film Festival 

CinfestOZ is in its 15th year and showcases the best of Australian cinema over a six day event. Experience Australia’s premier destination film festival set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australia’s iconic South West region.

Film lovers, filmmakers and stars are drawn this year to the South West WA wine region to immerse themselves in film experiences at the region’s cinemas and various venues.

Set in the seaside centre of Busselton, Bunbury and the Margaret River wine region, CinefestOZ premieres feature films and events in the region’s cinemas and surrounds, making it a feast for the senses and an unforgettable getaway.

2022 will be an exciting year, so be sure to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. See you at CinefestOZ.