A fascination with Australian bush land and wildlife has a strong influence in Fiona’s artwork. On her daily walks she is always compelled to draw what she sees; with any available tool – in a sketchbook or even on the back of an envelope. Anywhere, as long as she can capture that moment which will later be translated into an artwork.
Often working ‘en-plein air’, Fiona creates her lively images outside - starting with a drawing then painting into the image, merging the wildlife she sees with the landscape. Working from life, in close proximity to nature, responding to what she sees requires a fast response and produces an authentic image.
As a keen conservationist, Fiona was shocked to learn that 27 species of birds have become extinct in Australia since colonization. She has been searching in her local landscape for as many threatened animals as she can find, to include in her artwork. Small native birds in particular, are suffering from urbanization and other introduced species. Keen to keep these beautiful creatures alive, Fiona often depicts little endangered birds in her evocative landscapes. In this way she creates awareness of these critical environmental issues.
Fiona Verity has shown all over Sydney, as part of the Warringah Printmakers Studio, St Thomas’s art show and has had several solo shows. Her first solo show ‘Ocean’s Closed’ in 2012 was a combination of printmaking and paintings where she illustrated her passion for conservation and environmental issues.
Fiona Verity was the first Artist in Residence at Warringah Council in 2013. She produced a successful solo show “LAGOON” depicting paintings of the local waterways, drawing attention to her environmental messages of plastic pollution. The other major part of the residency was to produce a public artwork. Fiona collaborated with the community and created an extensive mosaic “Warringah Wings” which is at Cromer Community Centre, where she brought the young and old together in regular workshops.
Fiona has an energetic, free flowing teaching style where she encourages children’s self- expression. She has taught art in Hong Kong and Australia. Fiona feels she gains as much as she gives from teaching, finding children’s imaginations and freedom inspirational for her own practise. She is a strong advocate for ‘child art’ where children express themselves freely and create individual artworks.
Fiona is showing in several group show this year and will be showing her next solo show “Unleashed “ which will be exhibited next year at Gallery Me in St Leonards.