“I had the pleasure of first meeting Anya Brock early in 2013 and was instantly inspired.

Not only is this lady an amazing brush wielding creature who makes beautiful art – she also happens to be an open, generous and down to earth human being – a breath of ‘no bull-shit’ air.

I’ve had the privilege of talking to Anya over a number of occasions (and beers) about what creativity means to her, work/life balance and moving to the country to escape the concrete jungle.

She joined us for the “Create or Die Conversations” at Sydney Fringe last year which was an experiment for future and more regular public conversations (thank you for being one of our guinea pigs!) and we’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for this powerful lady of paint.”

~ Deb Morgan ~

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a fashion designer- mainly because my older sister said that’s what she wanted to be. In the end I actually did fashion design for about 8 years before turning to painting.

How did you get into art?
I guess I became disillusioned with the fashion industry and needed a creative outlet. So I started drawing and painting and it just kinda snowballed from there. I always love the drawing based classes that I took in school but I guess like most people I just didn’t see a career in that as a viable option.

Do you have a ‘day job’ that pays the bills? How do you manage this with your personal art? Time wise and attention wise.
I’m a full time artist but I still have jobs and things that I have to do that are not necessarily what I feel like doing. I constantly have the inner battle of thinking I need to paint certain things to make money. In the end I know it’s just a necessary battle to move onto the next thing. I think I just create situations to push against.

What advice would you give to up and coming artists or people who are thinking of focussing more on their own personal art?
Hmmm advice is such a personal thing… I guess I would say just do what makes you happy. In saying that I haven’t always followed that rule but it’s definitely the path I keep returning to that makes me a better artist. Follow your gut and have a huge amount of guts – and be professional.

Aside from your art, do you have other outlets in which you express your creativity?
I like crafty stuff. I just like making things.. especially with textiles. I want to learn how to make tables so I can paint the tops with geometrics.

What is most important to you in life? or What makes you feel happy/at peace?
Being able to feel free creatively is pretty massively important to me. To be able to express myself freely and to have stimulating and fulfilling relationships around me. And to be fit and healthy.

What does “Create or Die” mean to you?
Exactly that. If you don’t feed your own creativity you’re pretty much dead.

So what’s news!?
I’m doing quite a bit of stuff with Glue Stores in Sydney and Melbourne. I’m painting the Bondi Junction Glue store in Sydney now!

I’ve also set up a pop up gallery in the old Myer Building in Fremantle. It’s now called MANY 6160 and it’s full of creative spaces selling great things.

I’ll be swapping work and showing new pieces every 2 weeks, so there will always be something new on the walls. I’m selling large and small originals as well as prints.

To keep updated with Anya’s work, exhibitions and installations, visit: www.anyabrock.com