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An artist's residence provides a feast for the eye

Gowan in her studio with work from her new collection in the background. Even the studio space is decorative and light-filled.
Gowan in her studio with work from her new collection in the background. Even the studio space is decorative and light-filled.

GOWAN Paton is an artist and as such describes herself "as very visual".

"When I first saw this house I could see it had huge potential," Paton said. "At the time though, it was very run down and barren.

"It's like having a blank canvas. And slowly I have created this amazing studio and living space. My whole house is part of the studio. I don't see any difference between creating my garden, my home or art."

Paton is now working on her next exhibition.

"I am fortunate enough that my work has been collected here, in Europe and the States. I grew up on the land in Victoria and my latest work is about my love of the land, fashion and design.

A beautiful old Baltic pine table in Gowan’s studio. A collection of Gowan's work can be seen on the table and white walls.
A beautiful old Baltic pine table in Gowan’s studio. A collection of Gowan's work can be seen on the table and white walls.

"Since I was a little girl, I have always been acutely aware of my environment. What I have done with that sensitivity is to incorporate it into my lifestyle in a positive way. I moved up here about 14 years ago and I remember someone saying to me that you need to be incredibly resourceful or specialise in something to survive here.

"I didn't set out to buy and renovate houses, but that is what has happened. I like to think I create a retreat for my family and friends.

"In this house there is lots of white which is akin to a blank canvas for me. It's not so much about decorating a house, rather allowing it to transform over time. It's the same with the garden for me. It takes time, effort and work.

The sitting room is a light-filled, predominantly white space with colourful rugs and soft furnishings. Gowan allows a house to transform over time.
The sitting room is a light-filled, predominantly white space with colourful rugs and soft furnishings. Gowan allows a house to transform over time.

"In my art, throughout the house and the garden, I like rich colours, but it's also about creating a subtlety with it. I don't have a particular colour scheme; it emerges. What colours have come through are mostly warm, reds, oranges and yellows. I have mirrors and books, mainly beautiful art books.

"I have created decorative corners which I believe is how a home emerges. Everywhere you look, there is a little story."

 

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