“As an artist my paintings are often a direct result of a location. It is the colours, textures, smells, patterns, in fact the essence of a place that inspires my images. The interpretation may be realistic, but often may develop more abstractly.” James Ainslie’s preferred palette is acrylic paint on paper, with the occasional use of mixed media. His forte is modern realism, although he also produces abstract art. Ainslie’s paintings resonate with an inherent passion for the country’s unique beauty, particularly the sandy dunes and reflective waters of Queensland and South Australia.