Josette Macpherson is an artist based in Bundjalung country, the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Josette studied fine art in Sydney at UNSW Art and Design when it was formerly known as College of Fine Arts before relocating to the Tweed Coast in 2012.
Inlets and outlets is an exploration of the creeks, rivers and waterfalls unique to the region. Josette is continually inspired by the shapes, textures and colours of the land and it’s unique coastline, topography and geography. She paints in an abstract style with organic lines, shapes and texture; referencing vintage maps, books and on occasion drone footage taken with her husband, photographer, Andy Macpherson.
Josette uses a mix of acrylic, oils and cold wax on hand-stretched raw linen. Preferring the texture and weave of rough linen she orders the fabric in from a small family business in Lithuania. Josette's obsession with painting waterways began as a way to explore her immediate surrounds as a landscape artist and making reference to the Australian pastime of flocking to the waterways.
On an average day Josette can be found pottering around the garden, painting in her home studio and swimming at the beach or creek with her husband and three daughters.
Following the recent and still unfolding flood devastation that the Northern rivers is facing, and the subject of waterways being predominately Josette’s focus; 10% of all sales proceeds from the exhibition will be given to Northern Rivers Flood Fund to go directly to rebuilding the local community.