THE vibrant and colourful artwork created by community member Anna Blatman was featured on the Nine Network’s hit TV show, The Block, last week.
As the season rolled around to ‘Kitchen Week’, Blatman was excited to see her painting hanging on the wall of team Kirsty and Jesse.
A fan of The Block, Blatman said, “I’m hoping that more people get to know me and get to see my vibe. In this day and age there are so many artists, so to be selected for one of the rooms was fabulous.”
Describing her style as “a modern impression of how she sees nature,” Blatman said the inspiration for her lively artwork came from the Impressionists and painters including Van Gogh, Cezanne, Warhol and Rothko.
The artist has been impressing people with her paintings for the past 30 years. “Yes, that’s ages, but at times I feel like I’m just starting out again,” she said.
Blatman’s art is featured in many private homes around Australia and overseas, and was also featured as part of the UooUoo campaign to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
For the past 23 years, Blatman has donated a painting each year to the Ronald McDonald house ball, also giving away her artwork to other children’s charities including the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
Commissioned every year to do homeware ranges for Koh Living and Artist Lane, Blatman is the creator of an Australian-made tea towel range and conducts art classes for kids and adults, which she will be starting up again after the lockdown ends.
Blatman works in her studio between 7am and noon every day, commenting, “I’ve had the same hours since day dot.”
While she paints, she said, “I listen to podcasts of all my favourite radio shows. I love anything funny. I love to laugh while painting.”
The Elsternwick local said she’s been lucky to work throughout lockdown with the doors of her galleries in NSW and SA remaining open.
“I’m forever grateful that I get to paint six days a week and get to inspire young artists to be free to be creative,” she said.