“Life is a big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can!” -D. Kaye
Hi there, I’m Malini, scientist-turned-artist/writer/teacher. I’m delighted you stopped by :) If you’re here because you’ve heard of my unique art workshops for beginners, you can skip ahead to find out all about them over here.
Or read on and we’ll become good friends first :)
Like yours, my life has been an incredible, wonderful, complicated adventure. It started off in medical research, wended it’s way through the performing arts, and settled into visual art. And now I’m a painter. My paintings are fluid and organic abstractions, often featuring the softness of lace and leaves against rugged textural marks. Mostly they are joyful celebrations of life, inspired by the mystery and wonder of it all.
If you’d like to know about that story, (from science to art) I share it over here.
From my home in the most isolated city in the world – Perth, Western Australia – I am honoured that my work has encircled the globe and is now featured in public and private collections all over the world, including the renowned private collection of the late Robert Juniper, one of Australia’s most prominent and respected artists. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate enough to have won some art awards, showed my work in eight solo exhibitions since 2005, and in countless group shows – even in New York City.
So that’s the artist.
Then there’s the teacher. Here’s where people like you come in. I run a few different classes, but by far the most popular is my unique, intensive workshop: Painting for Beginners. Here I’ve met hundreds of wonderful, worried, would-be creatives, and in just ONE DAY, I fill their hearts and hands with possibilities! It’s an insanely busy workshop, full of laughs and love, and the beautiful art that emerges is just spectacular. This event that began in my backyard just a few years ago, with five young folk who were keen to learn to paint has now helped transform the lives of so many people. It is an incredible honour to be part of another’s creative journey, and that delight I witness in my students as they rediscover their creativity just makes my heart sing :) I’ve also recently launched a brand new workshop, Finding Your Way Home and its soon-to-be-launched E-course. Find out all about it over here.
I’m also a writer. But I don’t write about art. I write about the art of life. It seems to strike a chord with people just like you. Maybe it’s because we’re really all the same, and maybe it’s because no matter how hard it gets, there’s always something absurdly funny that we can choose to focus on :) This is one of my favourite posts. I’m also working on my first book, Finding My Way Home.
I shared more than half of my life with my super creative husband, Gregory, who passed away in May 2014, after a four year journey with cancer. Greg was an exceptional man, and his inspirational story was featured on ABC TV’s 7.30 Report just weeks before he died. If you have a spare 6 minutes and need a boost, you can watch it here. Now there’s just me and my beautiful and talented daughter, Mary, sharing our home with two very noisy black dogs…
I wish you so much joy in your journey.