Hailing from Hukerenui, a small country settlement a half hour drive north of Whangarei, Kylie was passionate about art as a young girl. This fascination led her to move to Auckland to study at Elam School of Fine Arts.
An exploration of colour, form and texture, Rusk endeavours to produce paintings that encompass the majestic beauty of the land, together with the fragility and isolation of New Zealand’s more remote areas. Kylie’s personalised style of painting incorporates a variety of techniques including the building up of acrylic paint layers and washes to create mood and energy to give the image a real life of its own.
Rusk’s speciality is her lithography. Having won the presitgeous Hahnemuhle Printmaking Award from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland she has continued to hone her craft in this unique artform. This historic form of printmaking involves drawing, painting with tusche and etching onto stone, before printing the image on a lithography press. Her rich and unique prints represent multi-layered seascapes, presented in a painterly and moody style. Rendered with warmth and sensitivity, each edition is limited in number ranging anywhere from 20 to 50 prints.