Rose Makin is a visual artist and photographer who grew up and is based in Sydney’s Inner West. She studied graphic design and photography at the University of Western Sydney. Rose’s main medium is using digital tools to create her art, she has been creating art digitally for over 30 years. Her digital painting is done in a similar fashion to traditional paintings but using software on a computer platform and digitally outputting the resulting image onto a canvas or art paper. Sometimes hand drawn elements are digitised and are incorporated into the digital paintings.
Rose admires Rene Magritte's thought provoking images and the technique of the impressionist artists, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, where they capture the essence of the subject, rather than its details. She is also a fan of Andy Warhol depicting popular culture. Andy also created digital art using a computer in 1985. An image of Debbie Harry was captured in monochrome from a video camera and digitised into a graphics program.
The joys and stressors of Rose’s life fuel her passion and the need to be creative. At times Rose has struggled with mental health, being creative is therapeutic. Her main subject matters are the urban environment, music and current affairs. She uses bold colours and textures in her digitally created works. Sometimes also uses visual metaphors and surrealism to convey ideas or experiences.
Rose has worked in the music manufacturing industry and for large retailers. She has also worked designing and coordinating point of sale products and trade shows for computer hardware and software organisations. Her works have been sold in Australia and overseas.
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