Renowned International Artist – June McCotter
June McCotter was born and grew up on a cattle property, called ‘Alcheringa’. Nestled within a stone’s throw, from by a small country town named Mount Perry. Located in the North Burnett Region of southeastern Queensland, about 365 kilometres northwest of Brisbane, and about 100 kilometres west of Bundaberg.
The area offered a wealth of pictorial opportunities, something June never took for granted. From the wide open paddocks where she played, she was inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her. The Australian landscape became the inspiration and drive for her to communicate life’s impressions through the medium of paint, rather than words.
A hunger to express a never-ending supply of real-life stories became her unquenchable passion. The desire to open her mind, heart, and insight, in a way never explored before. It gave her an insight into the landscape and the significance of spontaneity within a painting.
June’s vision has not shrunk. Even though her studio is indoors and much smaller than the outback, she has swapped her crude but effective tools as a child, to an easel and paints, along with a potter’s wheel. Running mainly as a lone wolf, to retain her originality, June will from time to time, mix with other artists, to keep her close to the art scene both here in Australia and internationally.
Her works have hung in New York, at the Chelsea’s Agora Gallery. Along with exhibitions across the United Kingdom and Europe. Recently she exhibited her art in Galleria360 Modern Art Gallery in Florence, Italy.
Ms. McCotter has had many years of exhibition experience, but she still continues to study and learn. This comes mostly from her life’s journey, commonly known as the college of ‘hard knocks’, and partly from graduating ‘fine arts’ courses along the way, at various colleges.
Working from home, her studio these days is located on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. Her later work is much bolder, than her earlier works. Ever-changing and evolving, her art has become her way of communicating to those interested in the intimate reactions to nature, life and the world we live in.
The technique, that has been birthed from her interior responses to the world around her has given her a passion and desire to express an affinity with the manifestation and freedom of sight, mind, and brush. She considers the beauty and power of the created world and its effect on people. It is a journey of love, forgoing self and allowing the ‘Devine’ to work through her eyes, heart, and mind.
Her creative paintings capture your imagination, interpreting a story that you can follow and experience along the way. Walking in her footsteps, she invites you into the world of a truly authentic, abstract storyteller.
In Her Own Words
“I have been painting and creating art, in many forms, for as long as I can remember. Creativity is in my bones; it’s what makes me happy. My ‘process’ is simple. Most of the time there is a lot of planning involved. I let colour inspire me and lead me in a direction.
I love the freedom of the abstract. Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. Even art that aims for verisimilitude of the highest degree can be said to be abstract, at least theoretically, since perfect representation is likely to be exceedingly elusive.
Artwork which takes liberties, altering for instance color and form in ways that are conspicuous, can be said to be partially abstract. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognisable.”
A contemporary Australian Abstract Impressionist, June looks deeply and sees the people of the past, as they relate their stories to her. She uses abstraction to inspire meaning and feelings, that is untarnished and unique to each individual person.
June’s favourite quote is…
“The idea of ‘nothing’ leading to ‘everything’ reflects my understanding of the mysteries within my life’s work”
If you would like to know more about June McCotter, her art and upcoming exhibitions, you can visit her Facebook page – McCotter Art
You can find all about her next exhibition in the Events Calendar
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