Photo credit: Huy Le

Jodie Fiala is a Melbourne based illustrator. Drawing inspirations from nature, fantasy and fashion, she creates delicately rendered portraits of ethereal females floating in tranquil spaces of flora and fauna.

She grew up in a family of mixed heritage rich in culture and inspiration, which instilled within  her an appreciation and fascination for Chinese painting and its traditional techniques and aesthetics. What started out initially as an obsession for floral patterns found in blue porcelain china (from cups in her mother’s cupboard) has lead her to develop from a bold and monotone style into one that is finely detailed and translucent yet refined in composition and colour.  In her more recent pieces she works to strike a balance between controlled precision of pencil and the fluid energy of ink.

Her mediums switch between graphite, colour pencil on paper and Chinese ink, which she carefully paints on rice paper and silk. Occasionally it’s with a touch of Photoshop magic.

Jodie completed a Bachelor of Visual Art in Painting at Monash University in 2011 and has exhibited at Off The Kerb, The Highway Gallery and this year at Wisedog in Larisa, Greece.