emerging artist profile ― eloise daintree

image: Eloise Daintree, Lune River, 2022, acrylic and oil on canvas, 91 x 121 cm

Abstract works inspired by the land, bring a deep sense of place. “Using guidance from my elders and family history, I am able to bring an inherited knowledge of country to my works,” Eloise explains. “And I want to use my art to share this knowledge with the next generation.”

Eloise, a 23-year-old palawa woman, has four paintings in Handmark’s Emerging Landscape exhibition. One ‘ginormous’ work and three smaller ones, with each telling a story: Her large Lune River, recalls an unforgettable family fossiking trip to the far south, where she encountered a tiger snake “so large I mistook it for a fallen tree.”

In the smaller Pick of the Bunch, Eloise paints a waratah collected while walking with her beloved dog Roo. Parnella Road and Kitchen Table also bring little floral treasures to life: “As they catch my interest, I pick them up,” Eloise says, and “when I get home, I unload my pocket onto the kitchen table, ready to capture these pockets of colour with paint.”