As an artist and writer, Marie-Claire Colyer specialises in photorealistic wildlife and nature inspired paintings and drawings, plus poetry and novels.
Her artwork and writing have been published in numerous magazines, journals and newspapers in Australia and abroad. With several art awards to her name, Maire-Claire has been exhibited in many shows here and overseas. Her artwork has also been featured in a series of calendars for an international company and licensed for reproduction on a home décor line in New Zealand.
Influenced by a childhood divided between Sydney and a vineyard in the Upper Hunter Valley the nuances of nature are layered throughout Marie-Claire's work. As an award-winning artist Marie-Claire is also focused on projects that meld both her writing and her art. These include illustrated poetry collections, and a book on vulnerable to endangered species, combining her writing/art with those of respected scientists and notable persons around the world.
Marie-Claire can often be found at three in the morning dashing down words that won’t let her rest till captured; or dripping wet scribbling on a scrap of paper when the muse distracts her from a shower. Her family well know the creativity that leaves the washing up half-done and the oil pencils vying for space with the stack of handwritten notes on her desk.
The photography shown here is from a verse novel in progress focusing on how the drought, fires, floods and pandemic have affected the rural community. Photos were taken on an android mobile or Canon camera.
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Whiling away time
Walking the fire trail
Gone to seed
In our absence