Feature Artist 2021 - Mel Simmonds

“My style is ever evolving. Often showcasing loads of colour. I don’t like to label my style as that curbs my creativity.  I usually start with a photo or a memory and then I like to let the painting direct me”  – Mel Simmonds

MEL SIMMONDS - Artist Interview

“My style is ever evolving. Often showcasing loads of colour. I don’t like to label my style as that curbs my creativity.  I usually start with a photo or a memory and then I like to let the painting direct me.”

Tell us a little about yourself…

Currently living back in Brisbane with my teenage daughters. I went to boarding school here so I have reconnected with so many old friends. Previous to that I spent over 20 years rurally in NSW.

Describe your style?

My style is ever evolving. Often showcasing loads of colour. I don’t like to label my style as that curbs my creativity.  I usually start with a photo or a memory and then I like to let the painting direct me.  This is why I rarely do commission pieces.

What inspires you?

Life……the good, the difficult, the mundane, the euphoric, the beautiful, the unpleasant.

When did you start painting?

I started creating when I was very young.  My grandmother was a florist and an artist.  This is certainly where the love began.

How has it evolved and what has influenced this?

To be honest, I am very fortunate that both my primary school and high school art teachers influenced me and fostered this love of art.  I did have a ten-year hiatus from art when I finished Uni and had young children. 

Why do you enjoy painting?

So many reasons.  It ‘fills my cup’ emotionally, helps me process and resolve situations, it heals, brings happiness.  I am lucky it also facilitates a job and career that I love.

Some favourite moments of your artistic life? 

I love finding out where a painting has ended up and what it brings to people’s lives.  I love creating art daily. Being asked to be this year’s Toowoomba Grammar feature artist has been such a wonderful experience.  Winning the open section of the Aspects Art Show in Goondiwindi.

What do you like about Toowoomba?

So much.  It is truly the link between city and country.  It offers so much culturally and yet has roots firmly planted in the rural landscape.

What is your dream goal or project?

To keep making art and to travel the world with my girls, soaking up all the cultures and their creativity.