To celebrate the artist behind the art, we are starting a feature artist Q&A blog series to showcase and highlight artists we love. This month we’re featuring one of our United Interiors contributing artists, Deb McNaughton.
A Melbourne based artist, mum and lover of all things bright, her belief of ‘bright is the new black’ is reflected in the abstract artwork she creates.
Working with acrylic, ink, watercolour and resin, Deb’s style is described as spontaneous and diverse. Her creativity is not restricted by convention and is, instead, freed into unique, one-of-a-kind statement pieces of art, sometimes using her bare hands rather than brushes and tools. Inspired by bright colour combinations and not afraid to experiment, Deb’s work is sure to catch your attention.
We caught up with Deb McNaughton for a quick Q&A to learn more…
UI: When did you start practising?
Deb: I studied Fine Art at The University of Ballarat in 2001
UI: Have you always wanted to be an artist? How did you get started?
Deb: Although always creative, I never pictured myself as an artist. I revisited my creative side after having kids and painting some artwork for our new house. One thing lead to another and now art has become my passion and my job. I feel very lucky to be able to say that.
UI: If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Deb: I was a Primary School Teacher before having kids.
UI: What is your main source of inspiration?
Deb: Location. I live close to the beach and can’t seem to get past those blue and turquoise palette. It’s so calming.
UI: Does your work consider a particular thought process?
Deb: It depends if I am painting for me or painting for a client. When I am painting for the enjoyment with my music on, it’s a case of letting myself go and whatever happens, happens. When doing commission work, I always have the client brief in mind and work towards achieving their vision in my style.
UI: Most inspiring quote you live by:
Deb: A life without risk is a life half lived
UI: Favourite set of colours:
Deb: Blue, turquoise and white.
UI: Spirit animal:
Deb: Definitely a lion. Confidence, Strength and Determination take you places.
UI: Top tip for our customers when styling artwork in a space?
Deb: Create a few sizes out of newspaper first and tac them to the wall(s) in question. This will help you to gain a visual of the size of the artwork on the wall rather than a simple measurement.
UI: What is your favourite piece in the United Interiors gallery?
Deb: I am really drawn to ‘Gelato Days’ by artist Julie Robertson. The bright pops of colour would look beautiful against a navy wall.
View more of Deb McNaughton’s work here