Rhiana and her gorgeous daughter Poppy.

Rhiana and her gorgeous daughter Poppy.

This girl blows our artistic mind. Rhiana's gallery is filled with emotional pieces that really send a message. With a style that is raw and honest, it is easy to get lost in her work.  We are thrilled to share a piece of her story with you, we hope you are as inspired as we are.

What contributed to you becoming an artist.

I am an artist by nature. It's natural for me to create, but what contributed to me making a living as an artist I suppose was the support and encouragement I got from my parents and my inability to do things that aren't creative.

What is your goals with your art works.

I don't really think about goals. If anything I think it benefits me to begin a painting with no boundaries. I like to let my hand inform my mind as much as my mind informs my hand. I like to get past my intellect and let the intuitive flow. The results are suprising and revealing to myself. Once I have formed a basic sketch I will then find a strategy to bring it to life on a larger scale but the initial concept is kind of goal free.  I guess the purpose of my art is to express something I'm experiencing through imagery and to share that with others.  Self expression and communication.  My work generally explores emotion and the human condition and embraces many methods of expression. I'm extremely interested in contrast and polarity and conversely unity and connectivity. And of course birds. Birds are this incredibly diverse symbol for me, managing to represent almost anything.

What are a few of your favourite parts of the lifestyle that you live.

I live in Bondi. Even if I don't get to the beach everyday I'm really happy to know it's there. I love the easy access to good organic products and the wonderful community vibe. My favourite part of my lifestyle is raising my daughter Poppy in the best way I can.

How can people purchase your products.

My work is available through the Butler Goode Gallery in Paddington and or make an enquiry via my website to contact me directly regarding stock work or commissions etc. www.rhianajade.com and jadeland.design@me.com  Also check me out online through Art Pharmacy http://www.artpharmacy.com.au/

Rhiana's art will be showcased in a Sydney gallery as part of an exhibition called Contemporary Urbanism. The gallery is located at 118 oxford st and will run from Thursday 16th May to Sunday 26th May.

BELOW: Nest, this picture represents something to me about my transformation from girl to woman through motherhood. It's about accepting the weight of responsibility and exploring new inner territory.

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BELOW: This is one of my darker moments. It's fear. When I initially painted this I thought it was horrible and confronting and I was sure others would feel the same. But by the time I had it hung up at the gallery my feeling toward it had changed and I saw beauty in it. I think when you do look fear in the face you give permission for it to change and have the opportunity to then watch it blossom into a beauty you wouldn't have otherwise seen. And interestingly it was most people's favourite piece from that exhibition.

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BELOW: Tulip, I just love her pale skin against this blue. I like her mixture of strength and vulnerability. Power in an open heart. 

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BELOW: Bird, I keep hanging this one up and it never sells which I'm always super relieved about. I think I'm done trying to get it rid of it. The bird stays with me now.

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Thank you Rhiana, for taking the time to share your passionate lifestyle with us, you are amazing!