Petra Meikle de Vlas

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Petra Meikle de Vlas


Inspired by the waters around her, Petra creates mixed media works in her coastal studio around 15 nautical miles from the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.

She rarely follows conventional art methods and has developed techniques that create different effects to closely resemble reef and ocean-like formations. The texture is the exposed reef and rocks, the water is the liquid paint, the spray bottle is the force of nature like rain, the hairdryer is the wind, the blowtorch is the sun, the gravity (tilting the board this way and that) is the tide. She is forever experimenting with different methods and tools, forever learning.


In addition to paintbrushes, Petra uses her hands, air guns, spray bottles, a blow torch, and gravity. Typically working in large formats, the artist “sculpts” her paintings, starting with a board upon which she layers various materials.

The results of mixing media, with the chemistry between pigments creating dynamic compositions as they attract and repel, resulting in beautiful formations. Each work could have several layers, starting with the original layer of poured into place paint.


  • Crystalbrook Group, Riley 2019, Australia

Winner of the Art Lovers Australia People’s Choice Award 2020

Nominated- ART LOVERS PRIZE 2021 – Australia 2021

Nominated- ART LOVERS PRIZE 2019 – Australia 2019

Selected Exhibitions

2021   Summer Exhibition, Art Lovers Australia, Southport, Qld

2021   Honour Her online Auction, Australia

2021   University of New South Wales, IEGM, Sydney, NSW

2021   Home, ALA Gallery, Gold Coast, Qld

2021   Stockroom Exhibition, Art Lovers Australia Gallery, Southport, Qld,

2019   Revealed, TBC Gallery, Gold Coast, Qld,

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