Born on the Mornington Peninsula - an ideal place to cultivate creativity, Fiona directed her artistic energies toward a career in Visual Merchandising. Soon establishing herself within the organisation of one of Australia’s largest fashion retailers. After an enjoyable seven years in Melbourne’s CBD she returned to the Mornington Peninsula to start a family.
Feeling the need to immerse herself in a creative environment again after caring for her young family, Fiona transitioned from stylist to artist and spent ten years exhibiting on the Mornington Peninsula. Fiona developed her style as a figurative artist, using oil as her primary medium, her style developed from bold and emotionally charged women to more subtle tones and graceful movement, representing women in a quiet and reflective gaze.
After a break from exhibiting on a regular basis Fiona has returned to painting at her new studio in Artspace 8. Experimenting with her figurative works through vintage imagery, she enjoys rekindling those feelings of nostalgia and sentimentality when looking through family photographs. So many beautiful images left unseen in albums come to life again as she assess the scene, photographic ageing and the mystification of the past. Together with these elements she creates a feeling that is casual and at ease.
Given the retrospective elements of her current work she has returned to her family name - Fiona Harrison to make a clearer distinction between the style of Fiona Presland and her current work.