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Roz Avent is an artist whose practise focuses on large scale landscape and figurative charcoal drawings. For some years she has been inspired by the harsh landscape around her home in Central Victoria. A parallel interest has been Antique Sculpture. This has led to drawings placing Landscapes next Antique figures that reflect each other's form. The surface of the drawing is built up using a process of attacking the paper with steel brushes, gauges, wash and ink splatter before adding charcoal, erasing and fixing between layers.
Sara Bowers is a Contemporary Artist living in the Grampians. Her pieces are a response to the intricacies and uniqueness of the local landscape in the form of encaustic, oil or mixed media paintings, carved sculpture in local stone and wood, and illuminated sculptures.
Sara works professionally as a Graphic Designer and Artist. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University in Fine Art and Graphic Design, Sara has also formally studied in Europe, America and Australia in the areas of photography, art, architecture, and design. Her work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions over the last two decades.
Daniel Butterworth has been practicing as an artist for twenty years. In that time Daniel has exhibited in Flinders Lane Melbourne, as well as the Bridget McDonnel gallery in Hampton, Victoria.Daniel was selected as a finalist for the Doug Moran Prize in 2013 and 2010, the Jackarandadrawing prize and Hutchins works on paper to name a few. Daniels recent work predominantly is large scale, oil on paper using himself as the subject. His studio is in Kyneton, Victoria. Daniel's expertise lies in Portraiture
Award winning and popular exhibitor and tutor, Helen Cottle is a self-educated artist who works in all mediums. She paints in a realist/impressionist style and enjoys all subject matter. Helen is currently working as a professional Artist/Art educator in the Macedon Ranges north/west of Melbourne.
Helen has also tutored for the National Gallery of Victoria conducting a series of watercolour workshops and lectures from 2003 to 2012. She was an international guest artist in the 2010 Shanghai Biennial Watercolour exhibition in China. Helen joined the Little Gallery Trentham as a member of the collective in 2015. She is also a regular guest exhibitor with the Kevin Hill Top Ten Australian Artists participating in shows in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
Amanda Blake is a Geelong based artist. She was born in Stawell, a small country Victorian town and was strongly influenced by the natural beauty of the Grampians National Park.
Amanda is essentially a self-taught artist having trained professionally as a physiotherapist, however she believes there is a strong connection between science and art. Botanic works and Australian bushscapes all highlight a deep appreciation of nature and a keen eye for detail.
Amanda predominantly uses watercolour and gouche. Her paintings have won several awards, been featured in publications and acquired by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Currently she teaches Botanic Illustration at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Merrian Dennis is a visual artist living in SW Victoria. Merrian has formal qualifications in Ceramics and the Visual Arts from the Ballarat University. Her work is described as expressionistic with a strong use of line and form; clearly influenced by her background working in clay. Merrian’s artwork reflects the volcanic landscape of the Western District and the harsh landscape of the Wimmera, which she knows well having spent her formative years in Stawell. Her studio is situated at Lake Gnotuk in South West Victoria.
Merrian’s arts practice spans over 45 years and she has been exhibiting most of that time as well as an arts educator teaching VCE Art since its inception.
Mark is a professional artist who makes his paintings - both oils on canvas and watercolour on paper - on site in the landscape. His method emphasizes immediacy and directness, and combines observation with imagination. Mark has regular solo exhibitions, his most recent being at Alexandra Sasse Gallery in Melbourne in March 2021. He regularly shows his work in national contemporary art prizes, and regularly exhibits in regional galleries across Australia (currently at Warwick Regional Gallery in Queensland). Mark has a PhD in Painting from Monash University. Mark has many years of experience conducting painting workshops, most recently a 4 session plein air oil painting workshop with Hawthorn Artist Society. He lives in Castlemaine, and publishes a bi-montly newsletter, Castlemaine Art.
Artist Jo Horswill is a nature-inspired natural dyer/printmaker and educator living in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Australia.
She owns and operates Paper Cloth Studio in Sassafras a village surrounded by forest that is her endless source of inspiration.
With many years of teaching behind her, she loves to share her way of creating prints and artist books.
“Looking deep into the Australian bush ignites the creator inside me.
I use leaves, bark and other natural elements combined Botanical Contact, Collagraph & mono printing techniques to create my art.
Documenting the change of seasons in print, is what I love to do.
These practices enable the ability for me to connect with nature on a deeper level.”
Phillip Edwards is a Victorian artist. He studied Fine art majoring in painting at VCA of Arts in the early 90’s. Of late he has been producing large scale majestic watercolours landscapes of Mt Buffalo in Central Victoria and local scenes from the central highlands. He was awarded the Trustees watercolour prize at the 2018 Wynne prize at the gallery of New South Wales and has since been made a member of the AWI Australian watercolour Institute. He has been finalist in many Australian art prizes including The Calleen, Flow and the Lester portrait prize at the Gallery of WA. Exhibiting at Benella Art gallery in 2020 with his show entitled ‘The mountains quiet heart’. With 30 years art practice with multiple solo shows and group exhibitions in and around Melbourne he continues to refine both his painting and sculptural practice. He is represented via many galleries in Victoria and NSW and also runs his own dedicated gallery at Bullarto (Bullarto Gallery) between Daylesford and Trentham.
Over the past 40 years Paul Macklin has made an exploratory journey from drawing to painting, a creative adventure rich with joy, struggle and discovery. These workshops unpack the key practical and creative insights of Paul’s approach and give students pathways to build creative drawing skills as a foundation for stronger, more expressive painting.
Much of Paul’s work is inspired by his annual pilgrimage to Arkaroola and the colours, architecture and spirit of the Australian desert. Paul exhibits and works from the Art Farm Studio and Gallery on the NSW Central Coast.
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David Frazer has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia, London and China.
He has won many Art Awards locally and internationally including the 1st International Print Biennial in Guanlan China, the Cossack Art Award (invited artist category), the Broken Hill Outback Art Prize, honourable mention (International Print Biennial Exhibit, Taiwan) and 6 peoples choice awards.
In 2019 he was the Australian Commissioner for the Ulsan International Woodcut Biennial in Korea. In 2007 the ABC produced a documentary on Frazer as part of the “Artist at Work” series He has taught printmaking extensively here and overseas.
Catherine lives on the Mornington Peninsula. She is an established professional artist known for her colour, broad and innovative strokes and her original approach and inventive ways with the medium. She is drawn to various subjects which are recollections of her love of the local coastal scenes, skies, still life and figurative work. These memories are often captured in several small sketchbooks which she works from in the studio.
Catherine’s work is exhibited in galleries in Australia and overseas.
She is a highly regarded tutor of the visual arts and has been teaching for over 28 years throughout Australia and conducts painting tours to France, Greece and the UK. Catherine has an enormous wealth of knowledge both in colour and the materials she uses including various and unusual painting techniques.
Catherine works in acrylic, oils, gouache, ink, charcoal and natural pigments. She won the Kenneth Jacks prize for drawing in 2019 and was a resident artist at Point Nepean Police Point in December 2020.
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Ross has attained considerable respect in a long career in art. Versatility and persistence prevail in his accomplishments in most media, with watercolour, oil painting, pastel being obvious standouts in landscape painting. He has been an invited guest artist in various watermedia exhibitions, worldwide, as well as being a widely sought- after teacher of his craft.
He is a willing and experienced trained teacher and contributor of many written articles in artist magazines and books worldwide.
Ross is an invited member of art societies such as Twenty Melbourne Painters Society and Australian Watercolour Institute-AWI
Born in Melbourne in 1956 of Dutch parents, Herman painted spasmodically until 1981 before commencing a Fine Arts degree at RMIT and studying under Dale Hickey and Jeff Makin. Like many young artists Herman experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now well known for his oils and watercolours. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award winning work in oil, watercolour or gouache.
The art teachers of Herman’s youth, Roger Webber, Ernest Buckmaster and Lance McNeill were all primarily oil painters, but the experience of painting with them on location left a strong impression on Herman, giving him the freedom of spontaneity and leaving him an intuitive painter, ultimately working from the light source.
Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and his love of the landscape reflects that in almost everything he paints. He produces paintings of strong design and powerful impact - every brushstroke vibrant and visible. The scope of Herman’s work has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and broad Australian landscapes, which indicates the creatively fearless nature of this unique artist.
A lifetime in the art arena, always learning and pursuing more skills to add to my art journey. Multiple areas of learning from community based to Higher education in Tafe and University. Diploma of Visual Arts at RMIT, BA of Fine Arts at RMIT in drawing. Cert 4 Training and Assessment.
Having participated in many solo and group exhibitions over the years, Catherine now focuses on private commission work, teaching and her other job as a Nurse Educator.
Art is needed to communicate and express an idea , emotion , feeling and a world view.
It is a component of culture reflecting our times on a visual platform. Art, through my genre of painting is to be shared by my viewers and create a sense of joy in its execution.
Lars Stenberg’s work focuses on the sensory experience of landscape: the combination of how landscape looks, how he feels when he is moving through it, and how he remembers the experience afterwards.
He studied drawing and painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland in the early 1980’s. Although best known for his easel paintings, he also works across digital media and has undertaken several public art commissions. Over the years he has taught art in primary, secondary and university settings.
He has exhibited internationally including shows in New York and London, as well as Maldon and Fryerstown.