I live and have a studio in North Sydney and paint landscapes, waterways and our native plants. I paint in impasto oils, alla prima with palette knife onto stretched cotton canvas.Â I’m drawn to vast expanses glimpsed beyond the sometimes chaotic scrubby bush of our coastal flora.Â My landscapes are composed to lead the eye throughÂ chaosÂ toward space and calm. Painted to put the viewer under and among tree limbs and leaves shading the viewer and framing the space beyond. My flora paintings on the other hand are all about loving the chaos, the sculpturos layering, the stacking of thick paint and finally with all the looking, see order, see the spaces celebrate the subtle tones and find calm to be with it.
My joy is to paint the story of our unique environment, the grace, humility and synergy our beautiful trees, plants and flowers all share with-in the symbiosis of Australiaâ€™s natural habitat. I am reminded that we can all co-exist harmoniously like our natives to better care for her our heart land, Australia and each other.Â
2021 Kuringgai: Solo show, Traffic Jam Galleries, Neutral Bay, Sydney, NSW
2021 Everywhere I Look: a duo show, Be Brave Art Space, Avalon, Sydney, NSW
2021 RME Downland Art Exhibition: a group show, Toowoomba, QLD
2021 Flora: a group show, Dandenong, VIC
2021 Grammar Art Show: a group show, Toowoomba, QLD
2021 Inside this Box: a group show, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW
2020 Contemporary Australian Art Display:Â a group show, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW
2018 Fundraiser Opera Australia Benevolent Fund
2015 Group Show Emergence Northern Beaches
2021 Finalist in Nautilus Art Centre Port Lincoln Arts Prize, SA
2017 Finalist in Northern Beaches Art Prize
2016 Finalist in Northern Beaches Art Prize
Career & Education
Artistic tertiary education was completed in Sussex UK at NorthbrookÂ College, National Diploma in Art and a Higher ND in Theatre Production. Alongside of a 20 year career in Theatre Production I have continued to paint, March 2020 maked a point where I commited to a home painting studio and an art business. August 2020 I was proud to work with The Corner Store Gallery in Orange, NSW. Beginning of 2021 a Finalist for the Port Lincoln 2021 Art Prize, this yearÂ shared a show with Be Brave Art Space in Avalon, Sydney and launched my first solo show with Traffic Jam Galleries in Sydney’s Neautral Bay.
â€˜Short Stories Tall Talesâ€™ story telling theatre show is illuminated by large vibrant projections of my drawings upstage of my sister Hannah Summers, whose larger than life performance educates, enchants and entertains kids ages 0 to 4. Parents are encouraged to join in..fun for all!Â Â These drawings are producedÂ digitally to allow for clarity on a large scale, for ease of crossÂ platformÂ comunication and also delivery across the globe to the UK. This is an incredibly challenging and rewarding project andÂ I am delighted to be able to offer prints of some of those drawings via my Illustrations shop page.
Miranda Summers born Melbourne Australia, raised in Sussex England, trained and accredited in Fine Art and Theatre Production. She began a theatrical career as a Prop Maker and Scenic Artist for Londons West End, English National Opera, Royal Opera House and in Television with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson. Joined the team at Designers Guild on Kings Road, London for a short spell as a VM Display assistant before taking some exploration holiday in her native homeland, Australia. Fell in love with the landscape, the people and began a career with Opera Australia initially with Team Props, a company Stage Manager and recently an Assistant Director. Miranda has Assisted the Direction for the the Operatic World Premiere of Brett Whiteley 2019, Graeme Murphys, Turandot, David McVicars, Don Giovanni and Francesca da Riminiâ€™s La Traviata, Handaâ€™s Opera on Sydney Harbour, HOSH 2020 and soon Harry Kupfer’s Otello for Opera Australia’s summer 2022 season. Miranda’s passion for The Arts balance and support her work both as an Artist and Opera Director. Equally motivated to continually exploreÂ the story of Australia’s artistic heart, her grace, strength, humility, breathtaking natural beauty and exceptional humans.