9/41 Beltana Way, Nerang 4211,Qld. Australia

Phone: 07-55021531, e-mail: petradaecke@opotusnet.com.au

Pastel &Oil artist, expressive realism.

Painter of places

Artist Statement

Come stand with me at my easel…

Experience what I see and feel as I paint…

Time stands still as I immerse myself in the world of creating shapes

and lines, dark and light, and the relationships of colours.


Listening to music I have carefully chosen for the specific subject at

hand helps me in the process.

This auditory experience turns into visual and the two merge into one.


The principles and words to describe music apply also to painting.

I feel the harmony and rhythm of a good composition, the surging

energy and restful quietness, the foreboding tones of darkness and

the merriment of fresh and bold colours.

There might be an ethereal hum of blurred edges and mere

suggestions, the flute-like solo of a delicate line or the drum of

repeated shapes and textures.


Like music, what makes a landscape memorable is the existence

of a special or sweet spot, a focal point that gives the composition a

theme and meaning.

Design, texture, tone and colour, all these elements combined in a

skillful way make looking at a painting something more than a visual experience.


I aim to bypass conscious thought, dip into emotion, the subconscious

and the spiritual.

Forgetting myself I feel part of and a deep connection to all things.

The result is a sense of profound peace, satisfaction and happiness.

I long to reconnect mankind back to nature and this state of being.


Painting is my chosen medium of communication.

It is immediate and lasting, a universal language that speaks to all

people with layers of meaning.