Kirsty Watkins

  • Painting

Kirsty Watkins is a widely known seascape artist. With a focus on photo-realistic ocean landscapes from diverse perspectives, Kirsty's work captures some of our best loved beaches and ocean views. A visit to her studio showcases the beauty of rural Yallingup and the serenity of her coastal vistas.

Studio Details

Studio Door Yallingup
319 Yelverton North Road
Yallingup Siding

Opening Hours

  • Sat 7 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 8 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 9 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 10 SeptClosed
  • Wed 11 SeptClosed
  • Thu 12 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 13 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 14 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 15 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 16 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 17 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Wed 18 SeptClosed
  • Thu 19 SeptClosed
  • Fri 20 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 21 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 22 Sept10am - 4pm

Follow driveway through trees till you see the parking signs and directions to Studio Door.

  • Parking suitable for cars
  • Parking suitable for buses
  • Family friendly (suitable for children)

Kirsty Watkins is a contemporary seascape artist based in the tranquil Yallingup countryside. Her art elegantly blends elements of realism and abstraction, inviting viewers to explore the ocean from various angles—above, below, and over its turquoise depths.
Drawing inspiration from the untamed Kimberley region in WA's north to the rugged coastline of the Southwest and the iconic allure of Rottnest Island, Kirsty's paintings serve as visual narratives, echoing the untamed beauty of these landscapes. With bold strokes and a vivid palette, she breathes life into her canvases, inviting viewers to embark on a journey through these dynamic and awe-inspiring terrains.
Immersing herself in the elements, Kirsty's creative process is deeply intertwined with her connection to nature. Whether diving, swimming, or simply observing, she finds profound inspiration in the rhythmic ebb and flow of the ocean's tides. This intimate communion with the sea informs her understanding of composition, light, and colour, infusing her works with a sense of authenticity and depth.
For Kirsty, the ocean holds a sacred significance—a timeless symbol of connection, verve, and renewal. Through her art, she seeks to evoke the restorative power of the sea, transporting viewers to a tranquil realm where worries dissipate and serenity reigns supreme.
Working primarily in acrylics, oils, and inks, Kirsty's distinctive style merges traditional techniques with contemporary flair, resulting in compositions that teeter between realism and abstraction. Each brushstroke is imbued with intentionality, as she meticulously captures the intricate details of coastal landscapes while infusing them with her unique artistic vision.
Renowned for her captivating portrayals of Rottnest Island, where she previously held the esteemed title of Artist in Residence, Kirsty has now calls the lush landscapes of Yallingup home. Here, amidst the trees, overlooking the tranquil bushland and winter creek, she finds solace and inspiration to create her masterpieces.
With nearly a decade of experience as a painting instructor, Kirsty now shares her passion and expertise through a series of Painting Workshops at Studio Door Yallingup, offering aspiring artists the opportunity to explore the beauty of landscape, seascape, and floral painting under her guidance.
With “Lamington” the lamb and loyal canine companions by her side, Kirsty has created a body of work featuring the iconic Southwest for this year’s MRRSO.


Painting Skies a Demonstration

In this demonstration Kirsty will show how she creates a graduated sky, transitioning from deeper blue shades to a light horizon. She will discuss paints, brushes, layering and techniques to get a perfectly blended sky transition.

09 September 2024

02:00 pm - 02:04 pm

Painting Clouds Demonstration

In this demonstration Kirsty will show you how she paints different types of clouds in acrylics. She will share her favorite cloud brushes, how to set the direction and effects to get the perfectly unperfect cloud types you are aiming for.

13 September 2024

11:00 am - 11:04 am

Reefs and Reflections Demonstration

In this demonstration Kirsty will show how she creates photo realism ocean reflections and underwater reef effects. She will discuss paints, brushes, layering and techniques to get realistic reflections and reefs.

17 September 2024

02:00 pm - 02:04 pm