We are mother and daughter duo Dharshi and Dhishni de Silva. Welcome to our site, you are sure to find something unmistakeable unique and handmade here. Our practice mostly derives inspiration from the lush garden at HOO. The garden acts not only as a creative source that feeds our imagination, but it provides us with valuable resources for our floral designs.
Our art at Hoo Gallery is created from a source of inner stillness and a commitment to a slow living philosophy and lifestyle. Yet, ironically what comes out of this is a prolific commitment to creativity, a strong work ethic and a creative process filled with meaning, narratives, symbology, mysticism, magic, a whimsical lightness and joy.
Hoo art and handmade objects explore themes surrounding identity, family values, connection to nature, ancestral and imaginative narratives regarding relationships.
On your visit to our gallery, expect to discover an Imaginarium gift shop filled with original art, prints and gifts created locally onsite at our studio. We create everything by hand, putting a lot of love, time and attention; therefore, availability may vary. We suggest that you contact Dharshi when looking for something specific before making the Mornington Peninsula journey from Melbourne. Alternatively, if you live further afield, check out the online store.
Dharshi is a mother of four, an artist and designer. She is a fully qualified primary school teacher, as well as an award winning fashion designer in the past. Dharshi founded the Hoo Gallery in 2019 as an online shop. The brick and mortar shop was opened in 2021. More about Dharshini's background here.
Dhishni has had a passion for art since she was 3 years of age. She is a Year 12 graduate of Mentone Grammar and is currently taking a gap year before beginning her University qualifications in Fine Arts. She has also won several art awards at school, including The Principles Award at the Mentone Grammar Validectory 2020. Dhishni is excited to join her mother, in teaching and creating art as her career.