Introducing artist Ricci McAuliffe

Conscious Creative Series
Introducing Ricci McAuliffe
As the owner of a biscuit brand, how did you start your journey to becoming an abstract artist?
I’d like to think of myself as a creative person whether that be creating beautiful food, a beautiful home or beautiful art. I adore making things beautiful, no matter what they are.
I’m very fortunate that my career path has allowed me to create food products but I've always had a fascination with art.
As Ricci’s Bikkies has evolved over the years it has given me the opportunity to engage in other interests such as art.
How did you discover your specific artistic style?
I think I’m still discovering it but it stems from loving nature and living in the Yarra Valley with an abundance of Australian Natives surrounding me.
What inspires you the most?
My husband and daughters. They're my biggest fans and are always encouraging me to paint. In Fact I really only started painting because they encouraged me to.
When it comes to which artists inspire me… There are many, Monet, Chagall, Duncan Grant, Matisse just to name a few.
What does a day in the life of Ricci look like (and how have you adjusted to quarantine)?
Walking our labradoodle pups in the morning, office work at RB, painting in the afternoon if I don’t get too absorbed in the office, a little gardening, feeding the chickens, walking the pups again, wine, an amazing dinner by my chef husband Ross.. I’m quite spoilt really :)
Quarantine hasn't affected me too much at all, as we are classed as an ‘essential business’ it has been business as usual but on a quieter level.
Which is your favourite Australian native plant?
Flowering gums. All varieties!
What materiality do you use to create most of your pieces?
I always paint on canvas. My favourite paints are an american brand called ‘Golden’. I prodomitaly use acrylics but am eager to improve with oils. I often use sand to build up texture behind the paint.
Which of your paintings is your favourite to date?
Inverloch Natives
What is your favourite local shop?
Kitchen & Butcher
Where can our audience go to find out more about you and view your work?
@ricciimcauliffe on insta