Blooming inspiration

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Artist Jane Li. Chloe Fraser
Camera IconArtist Jane Li. Chloe Fraser Credit: Picture: Chloe Fraser

Artist Jane Li combines her passion for art and love for wild flowers to create detailed botanical art.

The Orelia-based artist, who studied fine art in China and Australia, draws inspiration from Kwinana’s wildflower reserve and Kings Park. Li said she began sketching wildflowers as a way to learn about and remember WA’s native flora.

“When I first came to WA I went to TAFE to study English,” she said.

“Someone recommended I volunteer as a guide at Kings Park to practice my English.

“The wild flower here didn’t exist in my country so I would draw the flowers to help me remember them.

“I drew the leaves, the (tour) route, the different plants and flowers and would write all the names down to help me to explain to tourists.

“The more I drew nature the more I loved it.”

Her botanical sketches are now used to assist other guides on their walking tours of Kings Park and are viewed daily by tourists.

Aside from botanical artwork, Li is also known for her traditional Chinese paintings, wood block printing, pyrography, and mixed media artworks.

Li will showcase her latest artwork at a solo exhibition at the Darius Wells Library foyer from Wednesday, September 18, to Tuesday, October 15. The opening night will kick off from 6pm on September 18 following the City’s annual wildflower walk event on September 15.

Residents interested in learning how to draw wildflowers through observation are also invited to attend a two-hour sketching workshop hosted by Li on Wednesday, September 25.

As part of the workshop Li will share some of her techniques including how to use shape, shade, structure and perspective to capture the beauty of wildflowers.

The workshop costs $10 and will run from 10am until noon in the David Nelson Art Room at the Darius Wells Library.

To book call 9236 4320.

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