Believes less is more and values experiences rather than material possessions.
Every Picture Tells a Story
Paintings are more than just pictures in a frame, they are unfolding stories with multiple perspectives. This is perfectly captured in Fern Petrie's Exhibition -'Gazing Where the Lilies Blow', a heartfelt poem in colour. Celebrating diversity, depth of character and impassioned lives of women from history, mythology and literature. Each personality speaks of the struggles and motivations of distinctive lives, framed within a time utterly different to our own.
The depth of character of these inspirational women have been converted from cabinet cards to canvas. Petrie's personal experiences and women she seeks to portray have contributed to the destiny she created for women such as Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra and Joan of Arc in her emotionally charged classic exhibition.
She began collecting cabinet cards in 2009 after moving to Australia from her home in New Zealand where she studied under two iconic New Zealand artists; Brett Graham and Selwyn Muru. Her first painting to be based on the women depicted on the cards 'Forget Me Not' was chosen as a Finalist for the 2010 Albany Art Prize which led to the invitation for Petrie to exhibit in Paris in 2014. Using her time abroad to glean inspirations from the great art collections of the world, Petrie brings her world knowledge to the works exhibited in Where the Lilies Blow. "I hope the women depicted in the artworks capture the imagination of others as the women who inspired the pieces have mine"
Petrie says , "As no information exists to identify these people or to connect them to their destinies, I have made a world of possibilities where they can exist for eternity, beautiful and adored." "Each speaks to me of the struggles and motivations of distinctive lives framed within a time utterly different to my own." Using the medium to preserve the fragility of memory, Gazing Where the Lilies Blow explores the idea of the possible inner lives of the sitters depicted in the images, imagining the dreams and ambitions that may have driven them.