Miriam Osmelak: Painter

Mim never had the opportunity to go to Art School and left school itself when she was fifteen years old, but the lure of the paint was always with her. 

Mim began work as an apprentice textile artist and learned to paint up her original designs in the days before computer assisted artwork. Unfortunately, tariff reductions had an unhappy impact on the Australian textile industry and also her job which ended after three years.

After having her family in 1980 she attended a watercolour classes at her local community house where she was taught by a wonderful woman named Pat Turner.  She opened a world of colour for Mim and she has not stopped her painting journey since then.

Mim is inspired by almost everything around her – small things often overlooked; things growing on the edges and outskirts of cities; light and colour or wildlife. Old buildings and rusting objects intrigue her and she is always chasing that elusive something that makes a painting come alive and sing.