My Story, My Work

Jodie Fergusson-BatteMy work aims to capture a moment in time, a feeling or an emotion that a woman may experience while on her life’s journey. Looking through the history of my work, it is clear that my paintings have a direct relationship to where I am in my life and how I feel about the world. This has always been conveyed primarily with the expression in the eyes of my subjects. These “windows to the soul” have always resonated very strongly with me and have acted as a profound tool of communication within my work.

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I started painting over 20 years ago at the age of fifteen and it is evident that during this introduction to art, I used this medium to express my frustrations and feelings of uncertainty about the world. As I grew and developed, my artwork reflected love and heartbreak, despair and joy. With periods of darkness and light, my paintings grew in intensity and purpose and I began to find it easier to channel this energy and convey my message more effectively.

Now that I’m a happily married 40 year-old woman and mother finally comfortable in her own skin, my work carries a deep sense of strength and happiness. Living in the beautiful country town of Daylesford in regional Victoria, surrounded by lakes, lavender farms, natural springs and a supportive artist community has translated into paintings representing abundance, gratitude and a sense of arrival to the place I have been trying to get to my entire life.

Jodie Fergusson-Batte FullSizeRender (1)I pride myself on creating oil paintings that are honest and striking, a raw representation of life’s experiences that women can identify with and enjoy. I am looking forward to continuing to grow as a person, and therefore as an artist, and am grateful for the opportunity to be able to express myself in this way.

Commissioned Paintings

 

Lee, Gold Coast 2011

In the past five years I have received an increasing number of requests for commissioned paintings as people really know what they want and love to have something created especially for them. I enjoy this kind of work and love seeing the expression on people’s face when they see the finished painting “in the flesh”. Over this time I have focused primarily on creating commissioned paintings and take bookings throughout the year, working to a project timeline.

Testimonials: Commissioned Paintings

“Thank you so much for my amazing painting!  It was a beautiful and thoughtful surprise. So now i own one painting of yours from the Spanish collection called ‘mother in law’, the sneaky bridesmaid painting from your last exhibition and now one of me and my hubby.  So special! Next we will probably be seeing you about a baby painting! Thanks so much for your amazing work!”

Hanna and Marco. (Melbourne)

“Jodie thank you from the bottom of my heart for my new painting!

I first purchased one of your works ‘the smoking girl’ from the Farmer’s Arms the year my dad passed away. I really wanted something happy and forward looking to go on the wall next to her.

I can’t thank you enough for the time & effort you put in to making my new painting perfect – even though I had trouble expressing what I really wanted you seemed to know exactly what I needed!”

Bernie.

(Ballarat)

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“Dear Jodie,

I just wanted to drop by and say thank you so much for the wonderful gift you created for me by capturing my wife and son in the commission piece.

We love the painting we bought from you last year and I felt sure you would convey the same depth of feeling in our commission as you do in all your work, you didn’t disappoint.

For anyone considering a commission of someone special I can honestly say Jodie makes it a very easy process, she is a great listener and takes the time to understand you, your life and your expectations.

Thank you once again, we will travel home with it safely and it will become a vibrant part of our home.

Sincerely,
Darren Pollock

(Adelaide)

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If you would like to discuss the possibility of commissioning your very own painting, please feel free to call me for a chat about what you would like, sizing, colour scheme, photographic inspiration and so on. I am more than happy to give you all of the information that you will need to make your decision without any obligation.

2012 Commissioned Painting Pricing Guide

The prices below are based on approximate size and the level of work involved. I make sure that you are kept informed as the painting progresses, usually in the form of emails, photos, suggestions and requests for feedback, until you are completely happy with the result. Approximate time required to complete the painting is 4-6 weeks from booking to collection.

Painting Size                              Approximate Cost (All-Inclusive)

600mm x 400mm                      $750.00

900mm x 600mm                      $995.00.00

1200mm x 800mm                    $1750.00

Here’s a blog feature for those interested in learning a little more about the painting process…

COMMISSIONING A PAINTING

Courtney and MagnifiqueCommissioning a painting can be a daunting prospect for some people, so in this post I’d like to take you through the process, and hopefully demystify it, making the concept a possibility for anyone.

“Two Beauties” is a commissioned painting that I did last year. It’s of a beautiful girl who I have known for almost 20 years and it was a surprise for her birthday, as arranged by her Mum.

The painting was both a pleasure and an artistic stretch for me. A pleasure firstly as I love the subject and she is very easy to paint. She’s a beautiful young woman both inside and out, and happens to be at the top of her field in the horse world. Here comes the stretch, the painting is of Courtney and her Champion Small Hack, Magnifique.

Being a professional in the horse world means that I needed to get the horse right to ensures she loves the painting for the rest of time. This is not easy, so with help from her Mum (Francesca) with countless phone conversations,messages and emails,and a few photos I started by creating a sketch of my first ideas of the painting’s layout.

This is a photo of Courtney on Magnifique.

After considering the options for the painting layout for a while, I began thinking about Courtney as a person, what she loves, her relationship with her horse, and where she is in her life as a young woman. I felt very strongly that the painting should be a blend of her in her horse world and her in the rest of her life as so often the horse world can become all-consuming.

I wanted to capture the love between Coutney and her beautiful horse, Magnifique, but show her in her true colours as well.

 

After a few ideas,I came up with this sketch and pitched it to Francesca, getting the go-ahead to start painting.

Commissioning a Painting: Sketch

Courtney is a beauty, with long, wavy hair, beautiful eyes and a cheeky attitude. It was important that these parts of her shone through, so that is why I wanted the riding hat paired with the long flowing hair as a way to capture this wonderful mix.

I also wanted Magnifique to look a little wild to match Courtney so her maine is free and flowing also.

Francesca initially wanted the bridle to be put on her and I think it could be a lovely mix of a wild and also highly disciplined animal.

Once given the go ahead, I started on the painting.The following pictures are a succession of photos of the different stages of the painting,clearly showing the layers and changes made along the way.

Usually this sized painting will happen over approximately 4 to 6 weeks, but this particulr painting was racing against the clock so the majority of it actually happened over a seven day period.

 

 

     

I didn’t realise at the time but the ears on the horse were in the wrong position so thankfully I had some assistance from my mother and sister to correct them (both horsey people). I needed to move Magnifique’s left ear completely as you will see in the next few photos. I also had to lengthen the nose, widen the nose at the end (it was too pointed), work heavily on the eyes to make them more pronounced, and change the colour three times to get it right.

This is where I moved the ear, but realised the colour of the horse was too dark so alsoneeded to change that aspect.

One thing I am loving in this painting is the departure from my usual plain background, with the textured sky and the blades of grass in the field. I took a big leap with these additions as it seemed the most appropriate backdrop for these two best friends, but i think i will start to work more into my backgrounds where appropriate from now on.

Here is Magnifique with a rich red/brown coat and a lot of work done around the eyes (with a lot of feedback and assistance from Francesca and Mum). Being a show horse, they do use make-up to exagerate certain features and I have embraced this a little here.

 

After much deliberation and various channels of advice,we agreed that it would be best if we left the bridle off as it shows that these two are truly friends and Magnifique spends time with Courtney because she wants to and not because she has to.

Finally, after widening the nose, fixing the maine and horse’s colour, adding some funky nailpolish for Courtney, along with some pearls and finer details, she is complete.

Two Beauties was presented to Courtney on the night before her birthday and I received a lovely call from a very happy birthday girl. It goes to show that it is certainly possible to paint things outside my comfort zone but only if I am a very good listener as the steady stream of feedback and ideas was crucial in my success.

Feels good!

Would you like to commission your own painting?

If you’d like to commission your own painting please feel free to contact me through this website or call me (Jodie 0409 039263) to discuss your individual needs. (Absolutely no obligation) My website www.artbyjodie.com also has more information and pictures of other commissioned paintings.