Karyn Fendley is a landscape artist based in northern New South Wales, Australia. Her paintings, with their bright skies, deep shadows and silhouettes, capture the essence of the Australian landscape.
Fendley was raised in Brisbane and studied at Queensland College of Art. Since relocating to the north coast of New South Wales, Fendley has held regular solo exhibitions and exhibited in many group exhibitions and competitions. Her artworks are housed in public and private collections worldwide.
Fendley’s artwork investigates how we remember places we have visited and how to capture the essence of those locations with simple imagery. After spending time in the field, Fendley returns to the studio to paint, blending memory and observation to capture the atmosphere of the place that inspires the work, rather than detailing any specific view. Dramatic composition, extremes of lightness and darkness, and flattened perspectives are hallmarks of her painting practice.
Recent artworks explore various locations in northern New South Wales and South East Queensland, including the coastal heathlands and coastal landscapes of Arakwal, Bundjalung and Yuraygir National Parks in Northern NSW, and the ancient time-weathered granite landscapes of Bald Rock and Girraween National Parks near Tenterfield.