Fiona Groom’s artistic journey started with a variety of art courses which included Certificate II Visual Arts, Diploma of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) , and concluded with a Fine Arts Degree. During this time she had the opportunity to exhibit her work in several Solo shows and a variety of national arts festivals and group shows including an International Art Exhibition at Gallera360 in Florence and an exhibition For Explorers against Extinction in London. Her art is currently being exhibited in several local galleries, with work purchased and exhibited in private collections throughout the world, here in Australia as well as the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, Singapore and the US. Some recent publications have seen Fiona’s work featured on the cover of Creative Artist Magazine Issue 11 2016 and an article in Artist Palette Magazine No 155, both publications included a 10 page spread of her work and a workshop showing the painting process. She was also featured in a coffee table book titled Amazing Australian Artists...Professionally Fiona’s activities have included a TV episode on Put Some Colour in Your Life and also several Artist residencies during a variety of exhibitions. Ms Groom has also held the position of Volunteer Gallery Curator at Yandina Historic House for the past 13 years which has given her plenty of opportunity to work with other Artists, organize and present artwork and become involved in an assortment of local community events. Additionally she has organized and run several children’s art workshops, group exhibitions, art projects, painting workshops, art group tutoring and some community based Artisan Markets. Furthermore Ms Groom has also had the chance to be part of the Nambour Street Art Festival and has painted a mural in Nambour to help revitalize the town... It is all these artistic opportunities that have helped her gain a better understanding of art making and in doing so has given her the direction and inspiration that she needed.
Curator Review: Contemplation
In this intimate and intricate painting, artist Fiona Groom exposes the quintessence of her subject. Long lines, soft edges, tender shadows, delicate tendrils and ruminating reflections, connect viscerally to the viewer in a curiously abstract manner. Groom’s brilliant configuration places the landscape inside of the creature, prodigiously narrating the ‘cycle of life’ in paint.
- E.E. Jacks