Artist Statement

My paintings are made using leaves, petals and seeds. I apply paint to the foliage and then hand print onto linen or watercolour paper to create an image of a garden, a forest, an ecosystem. I use this nature printing technique to explore ecological and environmental themes in a direct and meditative way.

The colours chosen for each painting are inspired by emotions, a response to a season, a specific theme or the plants I’m working with. I research the history and symbolism of the plants used in my artworks and their place within the wider ecosystem. Each artwork reflects seasonal changes in the foliage.

My paintings are made from both native plant species and introduced plants. They are a record of the extraordinary diversity of the natural environment. I invite the viewer to look closer at nature, to discover the small details of plants and the natural patterns in each leaf, flower and tree. I believe that part of my role as an artist is to nurture our connection to nature and to encourage us to treat our environment with care and respect.

Celeste Sterling 2018

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