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Sylvie Carter


Artists Society of Canberra

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A supportive creative community for visual arts and artists since 1927

Sylvie Carter is a ‘en plein air’ and studio artist based in rural NSW, Australia. She specializes in painting portraits and landscapes working in oils, inks and watercolour.

Sylvie was born and spent most of her formative years growing up in Canbera and Gundaroo, NSW. Living in the bush instilled in Sylvie a deep sense of respect for all nature, its beauty and unpredictability. Sylvie looks for the subtle tones, colours and shapes and is drawn to subjects that tell a story and or capture the light, shadows and mood. She describes her style as instinctive and representational. In her portraiture work, she likes to paint from real life, using the sight-size technique, over a few sittings.

Whilst Sylvie has always been fascinated in art and art history, she did not pursue her interest formally in art until 2007, when she attended evening classes at the Canberra Institute of Technology and the Australian National University School of Art and Designs’ Centre for Continuing Education, where she studied under artists Noel Ford and Chan Dissanayake.

In 2013, Sylvie taught herself to paint using oils finding inspiration in the work of the impressionists and the pre-Raphaelites. Her favourite artists include Arthur Streeton, Hans Heysen and Hugh Ramsay, as well as Grace Crowley, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John William Waterhouse, John Singer SargentThomas EakinsEdward Hopper and Norman Rockwell.

Since early 2020, Sylvie have been a full-time professional artist, completing a fine arts portrait painting course with UK teacher and artist Mike Skidmore. More recently she completed the Endangered Heritage workshop on making watercolour and oil paints using pure pigments. When Sylvie is not painting outdoors or in her studio, she enjoy walking, travelling and making films and learning to speak Italian.