Fiona Chandler is a mixed media artist who lives in Freshwater, Sydney. She is interested in capturing the beauty of the natural world, especially nature’s unique colours and texture. Depicting nature at its most vulnerable. After 18 years as a designer/illustrator, in 2014, Fiona made the leap to becoming a full-time artist. Fiona’s works live with people excited by colour and nature. By working with watercolour and mixed media, Fiona creates fluidity in her work; subtle washes, bright colours, and fine lines that gently move across large pieces of paper and the canvas. The idea of decay highlights the ecological crisis, even though Fiona’s artworks appeal to the beauty of aesthetics, they can serve as a reminder to protect and love the environment we live in.
Fiona has been a finalist in the Small Things Art Prize in Woollahra, the Manly Regional Gallery, and has exhibited in group shows throughout Australia. A former Warringah Council’s Artist in Residence, she created Harbord Public School’s first Artist in Residence programme. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Newcastle and a Masters in Design from the University of Technology Sydney.
In addition to working extensively as an artist, Fiona believes in giving back to the art community. She has shown that conversations are the key to longevity in the arts, by sharing what you know and using your knowledge to help and inspire others, we can work towards a collective future. Fiona has put this into practice by co-founding Sydney Road Gallery, with fellow artists, in Seaforth on the Northern Beaches. She also established the Conversations with Creative Women Series at Manly Art Gallery in conjunction with the Creative Women’s Circle in Melbourne.