Born and raised in Jan Juc in Victoria, from as far back as she can remember, Prudence Caroline has always had a passion for art, architecture, interiors and fashion. Although she loved everything about art, the practical side of her side didn't think it was possible to turn it into a full-time career.
So when Prudence left school she went on to study makeup artistry, after freelancing for a few years she eventually ran her own beauty salon, which she said she really loved doing. Although Prudence painted in her free time for many years, it wasn’t until the encouragement from family and friends that she began to dedicate more and more time to it.
Completely self-taught Prudence’s work was also featured on The Block (an Australian TV show) in 2013 which she says, ‘sent a steady stream of people to me.’ Today, Prudence is one of Australia’s most popular emerging artists and when she's not juggling motherhood and a menagerie of animals at home, Prudence is painting up a storm in her studio.“My artworks are abstract creations, influenced by an eclectic mix of street art, textiles, mid century architecture, flora and fauna, sunshine and four legged friends,” she says.
Prudence’s abstract works are bright and bold, and make use of a variety of mediums like acrylic, ink, spray paint, pencils and resin over layers and layers. ‘My style is intuitive. Instinctive, fluid and full of texture. I would like to think that when people look at my work they derive a deep sense of happiness from the form that my canvases take,’ Prudence says.
Prudence also launched her brand MYNE by Prudence Caroline where she’s added a unique homeware collection including items like hanging wall prints, pillows and bedlinen. Prudence says there’s lots of exciting things in the pipeline and she’s excited to expand her home range.
20 Seconds with Prudence:
Dream holiday destination?
Morocco…but would settle for a few hours at a spa.
The best advice you’ve ever received?
Listen to your mother.
What’s Your ‘me time’ indulgence?
Red wine and shopping.
Advice to your younger self?
Work hard and rest harder. Gone are the days of taking the afternoon to read a magazine.
One thing you're trying to improve on?
I’m a bad procrastinator…It’s one thing I’m really trying to work on. I focus with strong coffee.
Morning person or night owl?
I work when Teddy goes to bed, so during the day I can give my full attention to him.
Prudence is married to Damian Oliveri and together they have a 2-year old son, Teddy. To find out more about Prudence and her work go to prudencecaroline.com