We've often wondered about this gorgeous building perched on a hilltop on Nardoo Street, Cape Paterson and were thrilled to get the opportunity to shoot it for local building firm Everstyle Builders and to meet the extraordinary artist behind it, Heather Towns.
Achieving her greatest dream Heather was accepted to art school. She had been drawing since she was old enough to hold a piece of charcoal from the backyard incinerator and draw on the footpath.
Heather was totally delighted to attend art school and everyday was better then the last. After graduating she worked as a graphic designer and a few years later she set up her own studio. Operating under the business name of Value Added Design, Heather was able to provide for herself and her two children for the next 30+ years while also still painting.
"Art is embedded in me, like a tattoo on my soul" - Zulu
Now living and working at Cape Paterson, Heather Towns, widely known by her nickname Zulu, aims to approach each piece of artwork from a different angle. She tries hard NOT to follow her art school training, heavily stooped in traditional painting techniques of perspective, shadows, hues, colour wheels etc, that are commonly the key rules in a painters life.
Zulu wishes to rebuild and relook at everything she paints. she sets the rules of observe, dissect & interpret, to everything she sees. She firstly observes, the person, objects or landscape she is looking at..... really sees it, in patterns, in shapes and every way, but the way it really is.
Then she dissects the parts, the interesting, the weak areas, the colour feel etc. Then the hard bit....interpret the whole in a new and creative way, but not totally abstract - well sometimes totally abstract, but often with the whole image broken into a series of patterns and rich colour plains, pushing and pulling at the shapes and fighting on the edge of colours.
Her last exhibition in Sydney at the Palm House in the Botanic Gardens, next door to the Opera House was a great success. Zulu won the Contemporary Prize at the Artist's Society of Phillip Island Cup Day Exhibition and also was Highly Commended Best In Show at ASPI Easter Show 2017. Her portrait of 'Brenda' was one of the first sales at the Great Southern Portrait Show. More work can also be seen at the Victoria Artist's Society in East Melbourne on a regular basis.
Always wanting to try something new, Zulu continues to study, is a regular participant at life drawing and and portrait painting and a painter at Artback every year. Heather also performs with tribal belly dance troupe Womanjah and designs and makes many of their costumes. At present she is working on another exhibition at the Victoria Artist's Society, in East Melbourne.
Some of the pieces on Heather's gallery wall are truly stunning and if you are in the vicinity of Cape Paterson looking for something totally unique as a statement piece for you wall we highly recommend that you call in, you won't be disappointed, but be warned you may also fall in love the stunning studio built by Everstyle Builders.
Contemporary Interpretative Art
2 Nardoo Street
Cape Paterson VIC 3995