About the artist

Fiona Campbell is a visual artist, researcher, lecturer and arts educator.
She has an interdisciplinary PhD on creativity and cognition and regularly lectures on art, phenomenology, creativity and Rudolf Steiner’s colour theory.

Her core artistic medium is painting, specialising in a non-traditional approach to watercolour. She has expertise in murals using a technique called lazure and has designed and produced over 600 sq.m of murals in Australia, New Zealand and Belgium, most frequently in medical/therapeutic centres, which are particularly suited to the saturated yet subtly translucent surfaces of lazure where mental health as well as physical wellbeing are the greatest priority. With her training in art therapy, she has developed a special sensitivity to the effects of light, colour and mood on the spatial environment, hence the name of her practice, Painted Space.

She also works with gouache, chalk pastels, oils, plant colours, mixed media and digital design. As her gallery of selected works demonstrates, she produces works from tiny ikons to large murals. She has illustration and design leanings, as can be seen in her drawings and has taught the graphic representation of data and information at university.


She trained at Emerson College and Tobias School of Art and Therapy, England; holds a BA Honours in English & Linguistics, a MA in Information Science and a diploma in Waldorf Education, a diverse range of studies and training that means her teaching and research work spans several fields: visual arts, historical cultures, creative cognition, consciousness studies, contemplative practice, phenomenology, education and spatial experience design. Her current research interest is the phenomenological approach to reflective and creative activity as being a cultural therapeutic practice for reconnecting to nature through a type of immersive observation called ‘beholding’.

Professional statement

Fiona is a dedicated to bringing the artistic and creative into every sphere of human life, be it teaching and learning, creating artworks or leading nature observation. She uses interdisciplinary methods in creative and transformative ways; she has over 25 years facilitating and teaching experience implementing her approach at community, vocational and tertiary levels. She is a member of the National Association of Visual Arts, the Sektion für Bildende Künste, the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education and the Stream of Life Research Studio, memberships which reflect her diverse talents, skills and experience.


You can contact Fiona here.

You can read her doctoral thesis here.

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