Sharyn McCombe

About Sharyn McCombe: 

Sharyn McCombe lives and works on the Mornington Peninsula.

Throughout her life, Sharyn has maintained a connection with the visual arts. Working initially as a secondary school Art Teacher before entering the role of Programs Co-ordinator for the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, the rendering of atmosphere and the exploration of oil paint application have always been a source of inspiration and fascination within McCombe’s practice.

Artist Statement
Rain, mist, fog, clouds, light, weather. These natural elements, and the emotional responses that they can inspire, are key points of focus in my artwork. The dynamic transformations of land, sea and sky catalysed by weather and time of day have always fascinated me. I spend much of my daily life outdoors subject to weather conditions and often look at the radar to gauge if my daily routine will be interrupted. As weather is always in the backdrop of my daily life, it mediates my lived experience. When the afternoon clouds are thick with humidity, I often feel a sense of foreboding. When the sunrise is reflected in morning mist, I feel a sense of freshness and mystery. I wish to communicate these impressions to the viewer and encourage new ways of perceiving the shifting environment surrounding us.

My artwork provides a space to explore and reflect the moods and emotions associated with the tension between stillness and movement in the natural world. This is done through a painterly style that uses oil and canvas and employing techniques such as building up layers of paint, scratching, stencilling or rubbing back and making marks.

Education:  2016: Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, Chisholm Institute
1983: Completed Bachelor of Education Arts and Crafts at Melbourne State College