‘I used to study it and I used to wonder how to do it. And I guess as I got older, when I was 14 a representative from the Whitehouse School of Fashion in Sydney came up to our school and ran a one day workshop on fashion drawing, and at the end of it they gave away a week’s scholarship for a summer workshop to come down and study fashion drawing for a week down in Sydney and I actually won that workshop. And I think when I went along to that, I was 14 at the time, and most of the other girls were a fair bit older than me but it opened up my eyes to the possibility of art is more than something I did in a sketch book for fun, I went wow, I could actually pursue this, or I could do something later on with this as a career.’ ~ Sanchia Marshall
Capturing the beauty of the farm she grew up on, beautiful Sanchia Marshall uses this special place to draw on when it comes to creating her art with her love of nature and the female face and form.
Beauty. Feminine. Peace. Nature. All core aspects of Sanchia’s creations
Living in northern Brisbane, Sanchia finds the pace of modern life can be intrusive, so she draws on her rural childhood, and connection to feminine spirit to create deeply harmonious art, whisking viewers away to magical places.
Sanchia began her career in the fashion industry, due to her love for feminine beauty. After realising the most pleasure was from drawing the female face and form, she evolved into becoming an artist, doing just what she desired.
Her artworks are created to inspire, to bring peace, to give permission to be feminine, beautiful, soft and powerful in a confused modern world.
Having experienced anxiety and OCD since her teens, Sanchia knows the benefits of using art to escape from the everyday, to promote mental well-being and to balance our inner selves.
Everything in this life is intertwined, woven together and pulsing with the same amazing life force and energy. Sanchia is no stranger to living an unconventional life – in a way that feels right for her; a lover of homeopathy, acupuncture, and living clean and healthy. Along with her husband Josh, they have been unschooling their three kids for a decade. This journey alone has changed her life and her art, allowing for freedom and the rich rewards of explorative learning.
Sanchia has collectors of her artwork across the globe. She has been included in the finalists of the Australian Watercolour Muster and has painted watercolour portraits for the prestigious Archibald and Brisbane Portrait Prizes.
You can find Sanchia’s latest art on her website at artbysanchia.com
Her definition of Self Love is about playfulness, to ease up on yourself, not every piece has to be a final work. I have had to find that joy and fun in my work. Not every piece has to be a masterpiece. Art is and has to be a regular part of self love for me.
Her favourite quote is from Victoria Erickson:
‘Just because you are soft, doesn’t mean you are not a force, honey and wild fire are both the colour of gold.’
Being a good artist is at a soul level, but yes people can learn it.
I love the female face and form and have a real love of nature too.
I love the unpredictability of working with water colours.
Art is a way of calming down the noise in the head, to calm down and find that soul centre.
My art is a bit planned and a bit intuitive.
You lose track of time when painting, it’s slow, it’s nice.
Everyone has their own stamp when it comes to art.
Sometimes it is easier having a deadline on you to get a piece complete.
As the unschooling parent it is your job to put it into perspective what your children need to learn.
Art gave me a way to focus my obsession.
I found the Essential Self Care Weekend was so inspiring.
You do get a connection with whoever you are painting at a deeper level.
The framer recognised you and had been to one of your weekends, that was icing on the cake.
Not every piece has to be a masterpiece.
Find something that gives you that sense of playfulness.
Get into that place of creating.
Always be learning and pushing further.
Try something completely different and to get out of your comfort zone.
Explore something you are a little bit scared of and let th
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