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Melati Hewison - Influences

Pictured from top: Mt Agung in Bali, mountain of marble in Cararra, Italy (part of my ancestory), Mt Dandenong forest, Hanging Rock, Rocks in France, and Paf Artist residency in France.

'My art is my dharma, my path, a way of being. Whether I am sitting in front of my canvas, travelling to an ancient place or culture, designing or simply enjoying time with friends, I am always cultivating my next artworks.

There is no separation between my life and my art, they are one.'

Melati Hewison


'I am greatly influenced by ancient cultures.'

The simplicity, traditions, beauty and richness which can be found in all ancient cultures, inspires much of my work. I first learnt about Balinese culture through H.E. Prince Ratu Pandji, who taught me the Balinese art of refinement. This experience has inspired me to learn more from all cultures and given me the understanding and tools to do so.

Artists that inspire me: Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Klimt, Nyoman Nuarta, Aubrey Beardsley, Tibetan Thangka art, traditional Balinese, Indian, Chinese and Japanese art.

My art teachers

My art training hasn't been conventional in the sense of a program of art school or university. I did go to university, yet it was for a degree in Graphic Design.

I have done different workshops to learn different techniques - like silk painting. Yet the main teachers that I have had in learning to paint as I do are meditation masters from Indonesia.

They have taught me how to see from the heart when I paint. To give my artwork tuksu (feeling and charisma) and the wish for my art to bring happiness into peoples lives.

I couldn't have asked for better teachers. 

'When painting I endeavour to bring beauty, charisma and refinement into my artwork. To give each piece it's own character and life.'