Mary-Anne Stuart is a contemporary mixed media artist based in Melbourne.

Colour and pattern are constant elements in her art. In fact, she believes pattern is integral to life; the very fabric of life, whether human, botanical or animal. Her art works reflect this and her love of Australian flora and fauna.

Mary-Anne Stuart ‘Banksia in gouache’ 2016

” The Banksia is my muse and has been my obsession and subject for the last few years. I have coined a phrase – Banksia imaginata – to describe the body of my artworks that are intuitively created and inspired by the unique structure, colours and patterns found in this Australian native plant species.”

Concern for the environment leads her to re-use everyday items in her mark making techniques – from kitchen tools to paper coffee cups, cardboard and sticks, envelopes, magazines and plastic waste material.

“Working spontaneously, the process of creating an artwork is one of real joy and absorption of attention for me and I want people who see my works to also realise the joy I feel about the beauty of the natural world.

If there is one thing I’m trying to communicate, it’s that.

There is a constant overlapping of art, nature, science, music; I see patterns in all of these. Nature seems random and chaotic but there is a plan; it just takes a while to find it. I like to let the materials find their way, to replicate nature.

You can see current works – paintings & works on paper & works in progress here and  selected works are for sale on Bluethumb and in my Etsy store. You can learn more about her here.

2020 calendar

Linden Post Card Show, online

Door to Door, Art Aviso Artists’ group online and No Vacancy Gallery, November 2020

Art Under Lockdown, Counterweave Art Gallery, Rome, Italy (online)

Moonee Valley Art Show (online)

SMARTArt, Mount Waverley Community Centre

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