Mahala Magins’ paintings are not of a single place. Her painterly language is informed by flickers of her own adversity, daily life, her own memory, of source material, and her immediate surroundings; one could say it is like seeing pages of her diary as paintings.

She’ll realise the paintings by using a colour saturated palette of oil paint on linen or canvas. Magins does not try to replicate her subjects but let them in through thoughts and the edges of her vision, until the paintings have found their own life and direction, separate from but informed by their initial inspiration.

Magins earned a Bachelor of Visual Art at Southern Cross University, Lismore in 2006. Since graduation, Magins has been a recipient to attend an international residency at the Baer Arts Center in Skagafjordur, Iceland. And continues to be shown in numerous public exhibitions including being twice selected for The Portia Geach Memorial Award, The Gold Coast City Contemporary Art Award and the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize with her portrait of art collector, June Blanchett, held at Lismore Regional Gallery in 2015.