At home: Tia Alysse | Sunbury and Macedon chains
Tia Alysse is an artist based in Malmsbury. Having studied the arts while attending Alice Miller School, Tia’s work often includes the influence of her surroundings in the Macedon Ranges. His new series of art lessons called Country Canvases has received support from the state government. She spoke with Oliver Lees
What is your connection to Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges? (An opportunity to talk about where you grew up, community work, etc.)
My family has been based in the Macedon Ranges for 15 years. I finished VCE at John Marsden’s Alice Miller School in 2017, and from there decided to become a full-time artist working from my home studio. The native flora and fauna of the Macedon Ranges have become the subject and inspiration for many of my works. Living rurally on an acreage allows me to have companion deer and horses that feature prominently in my artwork and are a great addition to the perfect home studio. I’m lucky to have such a passionate local clientele who hail from the Macedon Ranges and so appreciate the original artwork of the lives of young locals myself.
Do you have a favorite part of town?
One of the places I like to go is Merchants of Malmsbury to have tea in Devonshire with my mum and sit in Len’s garden and marvel at his photographs and roses. My partner and I also like to hang out at Zig Zag Winery. They have a wonderful sparkling Shiraz, perfect in the summer and very popular during closings. You can relax on the terrace and picnic with a view of the vineyards. For something a little fancier, Miss M’s on Piper Street in Kyneton has a wonderful menu of cocktails and tapas – which are to die for. During the lockdown, I also wandered a lot around the picturesque Malmsbury Botanic Gardens for a picnic to observe the family of geese that live there.
What can you tell me about your next Country Canvases project?
Country Canvases is a series of intimate, artist-guided acrylic painting lessons. All sessions are BYO food and drink, we will provide you with all the art materials needed to create your artwork, including your canvas to take home. Classes last three hours and can accommodate up to 15 people, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m. I have created outdoor space amongst my deer and pet horses which is perfect for gatherings in the warmer months with friends and family. I hope to help people reconnect to both regional Victoria and metro Melbourne in a relaxed country setting, while having fun, relaxing and creating a piece they love.
How would you describe your personal approach to your job?
I create original works on canvas and paper inspired by my regional environment and the animals I love. I have found great joy recently in painting Australian native wildlife such as Major Mitchell’s, Sulphur-crested and Black-crested Cockatoos among others. I always try to develop my technical skills by constantly putting my brush on the canvas every day. Recently I have acquired some unique materials, box framed canvases and large ornate frames, in much larger sizes than I am used to, and plan to work on them over the next year.
How can people get involved?
People can get involved and show their support by visiting my website, by email, call, text or message me through Facebook or Instagram. stag. I’m sure there’s something you’ll like in my gallery.