Koskela is thrilled to welcome a new artist for us, Giorgia Bel. She first discovered painting five years ago when she was ill, through the mediation of the artform she was able to move through her sickness and find healing through creativity and time. She is often inspired by the beauty the Australian outback and seascapes which you can see through this floral series. To delve a little deeper into her inspirations and journey as an artist, read the Q&A below.
When did you first discover your love for painting?
I came to love painting through a time I was unwell physically. I couldn’t do too much for 5 or so years and to self sooth and keep my sanity I got to know canvas and brushes amongst other objects to paint with. It quickly became a way of life for me, and I haven’t laid it down ever since then.
How does painting make you feel?
It is healing, and so it truly was in some ways. It’s always settled my mind and I am my calmest, happiest, most focused self here.
Where do you draw inspiration for your works?
I walk a lot, taking photos of form and colour. Nature is simple and complex and that’s the beauty of it. You’ll find every colour you could ever find in an art supply store out in the land or on the sea. It’s brilliant.
I draw endless inspiration from the Australian outback and seascapes, for the most part. Any still life I paint comes from a place of admiring interiors and flora.
What is the most challenging part of your practice?
I think the most challenging part would just be the space I’m working from right now. I’m a little more restricted to be throwing paint around a studio. I’m working from my dining/ living space during this years covid-19 pandemic. It’s a large space, but it’s not solely mine, but I’ve completely taken over the house- let’s be honest.
What is the most rewarding part of your practice?
To produce something that’s freeing for me, becoming something that is freeing of sorts for the buyer also. So often, if there is feedback, the emotions felt by the buyer in looking at and having my work, is how I would feel in bringing it into life. It’s a great gift.