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Painting is the best way for Dr Fady Tawadrous of National Dental Care in Erina, NSW, to capture the fantasy landscapes of his imagination.
“For as long as I can remember, I have been imagining pictures and landscapes that only exist in my mind. When I try and find something similar in order to describe it to someone else, there’s never anything that comes close. So, I decided to give myself the tools to create what I imagine. I wanted to transfer what’s in my head onto canvas so others can see it and appreciate it.
“I started painting after I graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2015. Most of my training comes from YouTube videos. I’d watch how others did things and pretty quickly picked up the basics. I learned how to paint a cloud, a tree and water. Once you have those skills, you understand how to control the paint and what brush is used to create an effect.
“I draw inspiration for my fantasy landscapes from everywhere—Instagram, nature, books and even screensavers. To be able to manipulate a landscape so it appears just as I imagine is wonderful. I usually know how the painting will turn out before I begin but it’s also a journey of discovery.
“Sometimes, a painting needs a bit of research. I was working on a complex landscape and wanted a marble statue in the foreground. I couldn’t find a reference photo anywhere. I ended up getting in touch with an Instagram model who took photos of herself in the pose I requested. That allowed me to get all the shades and gradients just right.
“I’ve set up a home studio. I have to be in a particular mood for painting and I often spend weeks just thinking about the design and layout. All my paintings are displayed in my home gallery, and I hope to start selling them online soon. I’m going to buy a good quality camera so I can keep a digital record of each painting I sell.
“Even though painting can be relaxing, that’s not the case for me. I’m trying to capture what’s in my head and put it on canvas—it can be quite frustrating when the paint isn’t behaving the way I want.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of beauty. I try to capture the essence that makes you say, ‘This is beautiful’. Some artists paint for themselves but I paint for the person looking at the finished work. My ambition is to put beauty on canvas so others can appreciate it.”