Newcastle in New South Wales was my birthplace. My English mother married a country Australian. I spent my early years in the country and attended boarding school (where art was my favourite subject).
After settling in Sydney, I undertook college training in Mechanical Drawing at Ultimo. I progressed to become a Lithographic Retoucher and worked in the printing trade in Sydney for a number of years.
Influenced by my mother and the desire to travel, I went to work in London for some time. There I met my husband John, and our two sons were born in England.
John had always wanted to travel to Australia, where he had some distant relatives. Inevitably we returned to Sydney and made a home in the ‘Hills District’ at Castle Hill; later moving to Wisemans Ferry, and finally settling in the Blue Mountains. All of these areas – particularly the mountains – have brought some influences to my paintings.
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Eye of Observation
Draw, draw, and draw some more; develop your artist’s eye of observation. Sterling advice from a lady who believes that seeing shapes in paintings requires a truly ‘arty’ eye.
Pelicans To Portraits
This lady has painted everything from pelicans to portraits. She has completed commissions including cats, dogs, horses, possums, numerous beach scenes … and even a Scottish piper.
Gregory John Brennan: Lost Profession
Looking back on his early career as a bulldozer driver, this rural New South Wales painter laments the days when he was too young to appreciate his outstanding potential as an artist.
Pastels: Once We Were Important
A simplified and well named painting tells a powerful and interesting story. This clever pastel artist is delighted to share her techniques for the benefit of others.
This artist feels that the hardest lesson she had to learn was to believe in herself … and once she did that, everything started to fall into place and her confidence grew.
Water Lily Magic
Instead of paper and paint, this artist uses fabric and threads … and she uses a sewing machine instead of a brush. The textures, colours and prints of fabrics thrown together with threads fascinate her, and often give inspiration for her designs.
Loading Wheat – 1920s
It is rare to see an artist displaying this level of skill and understanding in capturing the activity and atmosphere of bygone days from Australia’s agricultural history.
‘Jama' – King Cheetah
This exquisitely talented lady believes that every artist has failures … but it is important to remember that every success is better than the one before.
Early in the year we ran a feature about ‘Utes in the Paddock’ – a landmark project by several notable artists. In this article, one of those artists shares his story and some of his views … and describes the process of creating his own piece of an amazing collaborative work.
Many important tools are employed by artists in creating their paintings. Artists’ easels are now available in a host of styles and configurations to enhance the creative process. Some of your favourite art materials suppliers are more than pleased to highlight a selection of the many products being offered.
“Covid Zero” kept Australia safe, if isolated, for 18 months. Now its states are split over how to move on
Sidney – Catch the Wave
Business meets beach culture in sun-splashed Sydney.
Khloe & Tristan: BETRAYED AGAIN!
KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN IS LIVID AFTER AN INSTA MODEL CLAIMS TRISTAN THOMPSON IS BACK TO HIS CHEATING WAYS.
5 completely honest confessions from Ruth Righi
You know Ruth Righi best as Sydney Reynolds on Disney’s Sydney to the Max (back on Disney Channel for a third season starting March 19). And while the 15-year-old actually has a lot in common with her onscreen alter ego (to start, they're both biracial and amazing bass players), we decided it was time to dig even deeper. Below are five brutally honest, real-life confessions straight from Ruth herself.
BRAD & JEN'S SECRET DAUGHTER!
Stars dote on look-alike as she graduates college
Hustle and Heart
Monica Peraza O’Quigley loves the challenge of creating new companies. With her latest, the Etho, she’s zeroing in on her goal to empower women worldwide.
Scene & Heard
BEHIND the SCENES!
My pets are my own true loves.
Slice Of Sydney
As the smoke clears, the draw of Australia’s largest city for both business and leisure comes into focus
Describe yourself in three words