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Rosa Fedele

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“For me, every painting and every book is a new adventure, started with a thrill of excitement and anticipation.”

Artist and author Rosa Fedele, daughter of Italian migrants to Australia, was forbidden from pursuing an artistic career. Finally able to follow her vocation in adulthood, she studied at the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney.

Unconstrained by conventional expectations, her work is genre-defying – slipping between portraiture and still life to vintage cars, often veering off into the world of whimsy. Her preferred medium is oil, her style a blend of figurative and modern realism, indulging in the dramatic use of light and colour.

A member of Portrait Artists Australia, Australia’s largest industry association for professi
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Rosa Fedele Once again it's based around an old building in Sydney. This time, The Abbey in the suburb of Annandale. It's an extraordinary Gothic revival mansion …moreOnce again it's based around an old building in Sydney. This time, The Abbey in the suburb of Annandale. It's an extraordinary Gothic revival mansion built in 1881-1882 with a dominating tower which is a local landmark, and a high enclosing stone wall. It's also rumoured to be haunted! In my book I've picked up the Abbey and moved it to another historical (and now very affluent) Sydney site, Hunters Hill.

If you love Grand Designs or Restoration Home, any of the X Factor or Got Talent shows, you'll love this story. There's television crews, pop stars, creepy towers, drug lords, angst and melodrama ... and yes, some of your favourite characters from The Red Door might even make another appearance ;)(less)
Rosa Fedele Besides architectural inspiration (see my previous Goodreads Q&A answer) I tend to observe people and their environments with an artist's eye. We are …moreBesides architectural inspiration (see my previous Goodreads Q&A answer) I tend to observe people and their environments with an artist's eye. We are taught not just to look, but to see. Just as Amsterdam has its own pearly and intimate light, perfectly captured by Vermeer and de Hooch, and the English countryside its own gentle grey-blue drifting clouds, so masterfully interpreted by Constable, Sydney has a particular atmosphere of its own. The sky’s blue is so startling it can burn retinas, the edge of every leaf is knife-sharp, the heat can singe nostril hair and our birds don’t twitter or chirp – they screech!

I suppose having a portraitist’s eye also helps: I watch inter-personal dynamics, mannerisms, the tilt of a head, a finger rubbed nervously across a philtrum. And so, as a character forms in my head, I make initial thumbnail sketches. Eventually these become finished drawings or paintings which I then incorporate into the book.

A peculiar thing I've also noticed: characters will take on a life of their own – just when you’ve got the plot sorted, the little buggers wander off and do anything they bloody please! Halfway through THE RED DOOR, my main girl’s behaviour was infuriating me. So, I tore up my first sketches and re-painted her as I preferred her – a no-nonsense woman with tenacity and resilience – and slowly she started to come around and see it my way ;)
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2022 SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS ART TRAIL

WOO HOO! Muster your friends, book your digs, fill your hip flask and fuel up the dream machine … the SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS ART TRAIL is back! So excited to have been once again curated into the group of artists and creatives taking part in this year’s event.

Artists will be gathering in studios and galleries across the Southern Highlands NSW and you mustn’t miss this once-a-year chance to wander the

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