Phoebe Rolleston is a Melbourne born artist that changed the moody, sombre tones of her hometown for the fresh and poppy hues of Byron Bay, but her design friendly pieces still make any room glow. Phoebe Rolleston’s work is a collision of considered colour and brash, brush strokes that occur on scale and with apparent haphazardness, but her approach is more of an interaction with colour and the results speak to the connection she has with the canvas and her technique.
“My work is based around colour,” Rolleston says on the phone while holidaying on the Witsundays. “It’s layered bold strokes and I try to make those strokes as instinctual as I can. My mum’s an artist and she will say it’s finished, but I will know it needs more,” she says emphatically. “If I’m not happy I’ll just paint over it,” she adds with nonchalant artistic charm.
At the beginning of 2021, Rolleston, her husband and three young boys made the envious decision to embark on a sea change. Sensing an opportunity, the family left their home in Melbourne and relocated to Byron Bay.
“It’s a different lifestyle now. Melbourne is about dinner and going out,” Rolleston reminisces, “but it’s healthier now and the kids are in school, and I have plenty of time to paint.”
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