Questions with Creatives: Rachelle Dusting

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Rachelle Dusting, and I am a fine artist. I paint in a realistic style and my main medium is oil paints, although on occasion I also create public artworks in the form of large scale murals!


How did you get into what you do?

After high school I studied a Fine Arts Degree which grew my convictions to create art. I’ve always loved to draw and paint faces, but it was after graduating that my passion for storytelling really came to life through painting portraits and figures. In 2014 I was invited to teach drawing at the University of Western Australia and have since discovered a deep appreciation for teaching, and the importance of having good artists who are also good teachers. Over the past decade I have learnt from specific artists around the world who are just as skilled with a brush as they are in their ability to communicate. This has hugely helped me refine as a painter and a teacher.  


What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?

People’s stories are what inspire and make me most curious in the painting process. Whether I’m painting a stranger, a friend or a self-portrait, I find it both challenging and rewarding capturing a likeness and expressing a specific feeling in an artwork. So when I need motivation or inspiration I go back to the story of who I’m painting. 


What are your words of wisdom for someone starting out in your field?

Never let discouragement determine your response. Seek humility; we need not be martyrs in the creative process. I have experienced rejection over the years from art competitions and artwork tenders— but I have to remind myself in those moments to come back to the purpose of why I create. When your art has purpose, it anchors you in the many moments of doubt we experience.

What has your experience been moving to Goolugatup Heathcote?


It has been such a wonderful space to grow into. I can't think of a better way to power through work at a desk than being in a gorgeous heritage building and native parkland. 


Over the past two years, Goolugatup has provided me a space to help my art practice thrive. It has facilitated a space for my students to develop their skills and has supported my growth as an artist who teaches. Dandalup Murray House has built a strong sense of community with bringing together likeminded artists and creative entrepreneurs to nurture professional practice. I can say with confidence that Goolugatup has helped me create friendships that will be life long!

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