Studio B Gallery Artists - Nadine Dudek


Born in Melbourne and growing up in Canberra, Nadine has a passion for depicting the natural world using watercolour as her primary medium. This time in a countryside setting allowed Nadine to take in the qualities and personalities of her subjects, and to grow a respect and appreciation for all living creatures. Her artworks often feature birds in particular as their shapes, colours and plumage hold so much beauty already that to paint them simply captures their movement and character. Now based in Melbourne, her work is influenced by the precision of botanic art and the elegant simplicity of Sumi-e Japanese ink painting. These two seemingly contradictory styles are used to draw the viewer’s eye by combining detailed brushwork at the focal point together with clean, loose strokes completing the image. Watercolour performs beautifully to capture the movement and freedom of the subjects she paints, with a fluidity and clarity that are key to compelling watercolour painting. The way in which different pigments interact often drives the choice of subject, where colour, transparency and granulating qualities are considered. For her the most rewarding paintings are those with the fewest strokes and greatest tonal contrast, with her minimalistic approach making her work immediately recognisable. In 2015 Nadine left her career as a research scientist to become a professional artist. The decision to paint full-time has been rewarded with numerous successful solo exhibitions and award winning paintings.