My name is Skye Robertson and I am an artist, mother and teacher. I moved to Margaret River 4 years ago with my 8-year-old daughter, Starzia.
Initially, what attracted us to Margaret River was the beautiful landscape, the juxtaposition of salty ocean with the Australian bush land, farmland and vines. Nestled into this unique environment is the town of Margaret River itself. A bustling colourful community, which happily swells every summer to accommodate an influx of tourists, then settles quietly down in the winter.
Starzia and I have both fallen in love with Margaret River. We have bought a block of land here and plan to build our home. Home is more than just bricks and mortar, but a feeling of belonging. We are putting down roots in the fertile soil of both Margaret River the place, and Margaret River the community because of the amazing welcome we have had. The overwhelming characteristics of the people here is that they respect and appreciate individuality and are happy to welcome and include newcomers. We are surrounded by a diverse group of people who are passionate about the amazing landscape that they live in and the lifestyle that they choose to live.
People are respectful of the land and want to nurture and develop an interesting community that celebrates diversity. Art, food, culture, sport and music are all an important part of the fabric of everyday life.
I feel that this is a fabulous place to raise my child. Communities like these are every parent’s dream.
The landscape and people of Margaret River are an integral part of what makes this town so special. The community seems to accept and appreciate difference and respect everybody’s individuality. There is a wonderful sense of freedom here and a celebration of being who you are, of being real. People here are passionate about their careers, their community and their surroundings. I want to depict the connection people have to their amazing landscape and the rich tapestry of culture, which is the result.
I want to show, in my artwork, the importance of noticing the little gems of life. Hearing the sound of the waterfall, or the trickle of the river as it meanders its way around town. Of seeing and being in awe of the tall stand of trees creating rhythm and repetition in a forest setting. Of seeing the waves rolling in from a vantage point where all you can see is sea and all you feel is wonder and the breeze on your neck reminding you that it is real and that you are alive. Of tasting that first sip of crisp, dry white and feeling it dance and skip in your mouth leaving a memory of sunshine and vineyards on your tongue. I want to leave these images and hopefully these feelings, created through my artwork, in people’s minds as they view the beauty that surrounds them.
“I love telling a story and conveying a particular feeling through my artwork and hope that it resonates and touches someone. If it does then I am thrilled. Not everyone will like every piece that I do but the important thing is that I love creating every single piece. Art is my passion and the hours disappear when I have brush or pen in my hand. As long as I have that I will always want to be an artist.”