Botanic Artist Delma White
I was born in a south Western Australian rural town which has become the inspiration for my creative career. I eventually studied for an Art Diploma while raising 4 children.
As a child I was fascinated by the local bushland and loved to learn the common names for the flora like ‘rainbows’, ‘southern cross’ and ‘snottygobbles’. It was also fun to find out which parts of the plants were edible. This has resulted in oil paintings on canvas, rich in colour and detail. The subjects are always painted ‘in situ’ drawing attention to the need to care for our natural environment.
I also paint contemporary Still Life and love to manipulate the play of light on everyday objects. My pastel drawings represent life around the shearing sheds and farms from my childhood. The direct application of pastel to the surface results in a freedom of expression.
I have won awards throughout WA and enjoyed successful sales with many regional businesses collecting my work for their rural representation.
How long have you been creating your art?
As a small child I began drawing with a tin of old pencils which my Grandmother had brought with her when she migrated to Australia in 1924.
How did you get started?
I began seriously painting about twenty years ago when my eldest daughter studied for an art degree. I could not help but get involved.
What is your greatest inspiration?
I guess you could say that my Grandma and daughter have definitely inspired me, but the beautiful Western Australian bush is my passion.
What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
I am continuously inspired and distracted to begin new works and often have many pieces on the go at once, finding it difficult to finish paintings.
What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
Painting is very meditative and takes me away from the stresses of the world. The best part of what I do is being out bush, on my own, searching for my next painting subject. As a visual artist, what could be better than sharing my art with nature lovers? The positive responses to my art keeps on inspiring me.