Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"I created this artwork to explore the subtle and soft hues of spring. I chose a close-up, intertwined composition of poppies in pastel pink and yellow shades to emphasise the softness and joy of springtime.
By applying thick layers of oil paint with palette knives, I was trying to enhance the texture of the petals and stems, giving the painting a three-dimensional feel."
Ivana Djuric is a Brisbane artist who works with oils in thick Impasto style. She has been painting since the age of 16 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Painting helps Ivana manage episodes of depression and anxiety by releasing all her negative energy onto the canvas.
Ivana enjoys painting floral compositions, often from abstract close-up viewpoints, experimenting with different types of textures and colours within the botanical world. She is keen to explore other painting genres such as seascapes and is studying the connection between water and land in her next project.
Ivana is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Art History at the University of Queensland.