A love of art.
A passion for learning.
A sense of community.

Artable founder and teacher Gillian Grove works behind the scenes to bring you the best art classes, workshops & travel experiences in Australia. Gillian is renowned for her ability to work in a range of mediums and styles and is highly sought after teacher for beginners. 

Gillian has been a practicing artist for over 20 years and is passionate about making art available to everyone, both adults and children, regardless of what skill level they possess. Gillian holds a strength in being able to break down complex concepts so that they are easily understood and works behind the scenes to design classes that teach the 'how to' in a fun and relaxed environment. Gillian is the ultimate teacher for beginners nervous about getting started in art.

Anne Smerdon is a Gold Coast artist represented by galleries in Australia, New York and the UK. Specialising in watercolour and drawing, Anne's illustrative style stems from her background in fashion and architecture. 

From a very early age, Anne was noted as a creative-to-watch and was the winner of a Children's Creative  Art Scholarship from the Queensland Art Gallery at the age of 11. In more recent times, Anne was the winner of the Element Eden Global Artist Search in the Fine Art category and also the winner of the Emerging Artist Award at the Trinity CollegeArt Award. She has also been a finalist in numerous art awards, including the Border ArtPrize, St Sebastians Emerging Artist Award and the Minister's Art Award.

Sebastion Toast
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Seabastion Toast lives and works on the North Coast NSW. Among her achievements she won the 2011 Gainsborough Greens award and the 2014 Darcy Doyle award and is regularly a finalist in many prominent awards including the Doug Moran, Gold Coast City Art Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize and EMSLA award to name a few. Her paintings are a muse on the human condition and span all genres from still life to portraiture to landscape. Toast has a degree in fine art from Southern Cross University and has also studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. She has exhibited widely and is represented by Anthea Polson Art Gallery. She also loves teaching, trail running, surfing and horses.

Hobie Porter brings his incredible eye for detail and realism to teach oil painting at Artable to all levels of experience. Hobie is a contemporary landscape painter who values place and environment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) with Honours and a Graduate Diploma of Education having taught at both TAFE and University level.

Hobie holds vast knowledge around the technical skill of painting and is the ideal teacher for those wanting to achieve realism using oils and take their artworks to the next level. Hobie has been exhibiting professionaly since 2004 and is represented by ArtHouse Gallery, Sydney and Mossgreen Gallery Melbourne.

Denise Scott's passion for watercolour is proof it is never too late to start learning! After joining an art class for the first time only 12 years ago without being able to "draw a straight line", Denise has developed her love for watercolour into a full time passion.

Denise trained in the art of pure watercolour and passes these skills along with a deep seated belief that 'anyone can learn' onto her students. Denise's stunning artworks hang in private collections around Australia and her love of travel has allowed her to hone her painting skills both in Australia and overseas.

Jenny Porter
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One of the region's best primary school Art Teachers, Jenny Porter has extensive experience teaching art to young children. Jenny's teaching career and passion for children's art education has spanned decades and she is currently a specialist art teacher in NSW primary schools as well as a practicing artist. In addition to being an exhibiting artist with the prestigious Anthea Polson Gallery in QLD, Jenny holds a diploma in Painting and a Visual Art Teacher Certificate. 

Susan Gourley
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Local artist Susan Gourley is renowned for her incredible Mixed Media artworks where she draws from mixing everyday materials with paints to produce her simple yet stunning creations. Susan has designed a kid friendly process that even our youngest budding artists can follow. You will want to frame the finished creations!

Marianne
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Marianne's creativity holds no bounds. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Diploma of Education, Marianne is a sought after visual arts teacher and renowned for her incredible 3d works in sculpture. 

Lesley Spencer
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Our incredible crafter extraordinaire Lesley has been working with our Kingscliff kids for many years via our local Mini School and since Artable's first holiday program. Lesley's passion for the arts is as incredible as her loveable nature and easy to follow instructions. Come and see why kids flock to her classes.

Karen Hughes
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Karen Hughes is a local teacher and a mixed media artist. Spending as much time as possible painting in her Terranora studio,  Karen creates textural pieces which are tangible and tactile as she upcycles papers  and  household findings, uses collage,  acrylic paints, stencils and resin in order to establish layers on her canvases. 

Karen brings a passion to encourage others to find their own creativity and artistic enjoyment through art, no matter what the skill level. She believes that mixed media art can be enjoyed by anyone that loves to be creative and that it allows a wonderful scope for success that is creatively exciting, social and positive.  Karen's students will be amazed at what they can achieve when they expand their own ideas via learning new skills and exploring a variety of art mediums in a fun environment.

Judith Carducci
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Listed in Who's Who in American Art, Judith Carducci has received international recognition as one of today's best portrait painters. Her work has been shown in such venues as The National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art. She has been featured in International Artist, Pastel Artist International, American Artist, The Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine, and the books, Best of Portrait Painting and Best of Pastel (North Light Books), "100 Ways to Paint People" (International Artist), and Portrait Highlights (American Artist).

She is one of two Americans featured in the book Paint! Portrait and Figure by the Swiss publisher RotoVision, and her painting, "Xanadu," was selected as one of the "best of the best" by the former curator of the Smithsonian Institute's Renwick Gallery for the art book Beautiful Things (Guild). Her drawing "My Name is Blue" was recently published in Strokes of Genius 4: The Best of Drawing(North Light)

Her work is in collections in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Israel, Europe and South Africa.

Her paintings have won Best of Show, Award of Excellence, First Place, Award of Merit, and purchase awards at international and national shows and competitions.

She is a Signature member of the Portrait Society of America (board & faculty) and the Pastel Society of America; a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society, the Cincinnati Art Club and the Salmagundi Club. She is also a Signature member of Akron Society of Artists and Hudson Society of Artists.

She is also a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies and of Phi Beta Kappa.

In additon to Who's Who in American Art, Judith is listed in Who's Who in AmericaWho's Who of American WomenWho's Who in the World and "Outstanding People of the 20th [& 21st] Century" (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.)

Judith is represented by Portraits Inc., and Portraits South. She teaches workshops in portraiture, pastel, plein air landscape, anatomy for portraitists and still life by invitation.

John Turton
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John Turton holds an array of awards, residencies and teaching experience spanning 4 decades. A master of capturing the essence of the Australian landscape, John's artworks hang in numerous galleries including The National Gallery in Victoria and numerous Council, Private and Overseas collections including Robert Holmes A Court (WA). John has been published in a number of magazines and now brings his wealth of knowledge of the Australian landscape to Artable for his 2 day weekend workshop. 

Kim Moore
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Kimberley S. Moore studied Fine Arts at the University of Akron. Her work has been juried into and received into numerous awards regionally and nationally in the USA. Kim's work has been exhibited in the prestigious Butler Institute of American Art as well as the Degas Society's Biennial National Pastel Exhibition.

Kim especially enjoys painting plein-air and capturing the mood and atmosphere of the locations she paints. Kim's passion has led her to paint in France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania & the magical Monhegan Island in the USA.

Kim is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a juried active member of the Degas Pastel Society, a member of the Portrait Society of America and a signature member of the Akron Society of Artists.

Belinda Suzette
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Belinda is a cross-disciplinary folk artist, covering a range of styles in both digital and traditional mediums.

Born and bred in the wake of an extinct volcano, & after completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at SCU, Belinda moved to the big smoke for a spell. She then set off to traverse for several years before returning to Australia and studying illustration. Belinda is currently working on illustrating a book of her short stories.

Corinne Lewis
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Corinne has exhibited her paintings in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Melbourne for more than 10 years. She is a 3 time finalist in the Border Art Prize and has held numerous shows throughout Australia. An accomplished painter with a love of fashion, females, fabric and jewellery, Corinne combines a thorough understanding of paint and its application with her bubbly nature that endears her to students and lovers of her art alike.

Maria Paterson
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Maria has a wealth of experience both as an exhibiting artist and art teacher. She holds a B.A.visual art and a Dip Education having taught in highschools and adult education. She has won many awards and her art is in collections in Australia and overseas. As part of her art practice Maria has used the medium of pastels. For over 35years she has explored and gained valuable skills in this medium which she shares in workshops and classes in an easy to understand and calm manner. Maria has taught all levels from beginners to advanced and can guide each individual towards gaining a greater understanding of how to use their mediums effectively to achieve their artistic visions.

Martina Pook
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Martina received her arts training at the Peter Schneider Atelier in Germany and became a commercial illustrator for major companies, such as BP, BHP, Queensland Goverment, Channel Ten etc. She also finished a degree in Graphic Design at the QSPGA in Brisbane. and worked for five years as a senior art teacher at the Gold Coast Art School in Southport.

She is former director of Ilustration House Pty Ltd, and The Art Directory. She has held numerous roles within the arts industry, including the presentation and lecturing of art business courses and discussion rounds for emerging artists and teaches art since 1999 and has now joined the teaching team of Artable to find more time for painting.

Manuela Pilz
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Manuela has been a practising artist and teacher for more than twenty years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in painting and printmaking at Sheffield Hallam University (UK). It is here that she discovered a passion for working with figurative art.

Whilst in Europe Manuela became a quallified art teacher at Greenwich University. She gained her teaching experience in Portugal, Spain and the Uk. Her teaching experience includes giving instruction in drawing, painting, printmaking, design, lifedrawing, anatomy and portraiture to adults and to children of all ages. 

Rikki Fisher
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Rikki Fisher is an accomplished artist with international recognition for her skills in scratchboard art. Rikki has been accredited as Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA) with the International Society of Scratchboard. There are only 17 artists worldwide who have attained MSA status.

Rikki is motivated by her passion for wildlife. She is both proficient and versatile in the craft and well able to impart her extensive knowledge.

Rikki has won National and International awards for her work.

A resident of northern NSW, Rikki holds workshops and has given demonstrations at local, State and International levels.

Her exquisite detailed works speak for themselves. 

Helen Beaver
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Helen Beaver was born in Melbourne and completed her education in Brisbane, majoring in Art and Art History.

Her love of drawing and watercolour painting evolved during her time at Art School and she has concentrated on Watercolour ever since in an endeavor to “master” this complicated medium.

A winner of numerous awards, Helen’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally and has been recently published in World Wide Art Books, “International Contemporary Masters, 2013”.

A respected teacher and tutor, Helen is in constant demand to conduct Watercolour workshops, particularly in South East Queensland where she resides.

Jenny Waldron
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Jenny has been a beloved local tweed teacher for many years and holds a passion for connecting the arts with children. Kids love Jenny's structured approach with step-to-step guidance on how to finalise artworks. Jenny is passionate about mixed media, an art that encompasses many mediums using paint, paper, texture and pastel to finalise artwork full of colour and texture.

Mo Godbeer
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Mo works predominantly with encaustic, paper, drawing and photography. Her work is usually based around the landscape, and likes to get out and about photographing, capturing elements of the landscape. These may range from deteriorated car park walls to rocks etched by the sea to rusty palette bins. 

"I find the traditional image of a landscape too overwhelming for me. I want to interpret the small, overlooked details. I look for pattern and shape in that landscape. I find that exciting to be able to see it in that way.

The effects of nature and time and what they combine to do to all things are my inspiration.

I teach encaustic all over Australia, travelling to wherever there is a call.
We are now on the road in our caravan travelling through Australia and bringing creativity to as many places as we can. Setting up my mini portable studio space I can work in the open air and enjoy being part of the new place we are staying.

Teaching this amazing medium totally inspires me, I love to see people getting excited about being creative. Students often spark something in me with an idea or query, it also gives me the opportunity to make new friends, explore new ideas and challenges and to connect with other artists."

Jenni Kelly
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Jenni was born in Kerang Victoria and lived and was educated in Bendigo where her interest in oil painting began viewing the great Australian masters at the Bendigo Regional Art Gallery thus starting a long life love affair of viewing galleries Australia wide. Her early works were in traditional oils depicting the subjects of the Gold Mining areas and continuing this style of painting for many years. After marriage and family with husbands work to areas such as Mackay, Isisford, Cardwell, Augathella and Clifton. While living in these isolated areas she continued to do some painting and was a member of The Flying Art School for many years travelling hundreds of kilometers to designated centers. Jenni is basically self taught and is constantly improving her skills by attending other artists workshops, e.g McGregor Summer Schools Toowoomba, Mitchell Summer School’s Bathurst and Clifton Art workshops regularly. Jenni is currently living in Murrumba Downs at North Brisbane. Jenni achieves a realistic expression in her creative freestyle painting leaving the viewer free to excise their own imagination. These paintings have an appealing sense of colour, freedom and movement with subjects close to nature. Jenni’ also a member of “Nature in the Raw” with works going in exhibitions all over Queensland and in 2004 the Bristol Zoo Gardens in U.K. Jenni’s work is continually on display at the White Patch Gallery on Bribie Island and at the Blue Dolphin Gallery at Mooloolaba. 21 Pieces of Jenni’s paintings are hanging throughout the Holy Spirit Hospital at Chermside Brisbane

Sally Strand
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ABOUT SALLY STRAND

A native of Colorado now residing in California, Strand has been exhibiting professionally as an artist for over 30 years. Strand was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, the highest commendation of the Pastel Society of America, NY. She is the recipient of numerous top awards, including the PSA Master Pastelist distinction and the IAPS Master Circle Honor. Her solo exhibitions in galleries and museums include a one-person retrospective of pastel and oil paintings at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California.

Widely published in books and magazines internationally, her work is also represented in many corporate and private collections. Strand studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design in New York. She earned a BFA degree from the University of Denver and an MFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. Strand teaches workshops and master classes internationally and around the country.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I relate to small moments of life that are often overlooked. These moments resonate with me because they are familiar—we see ourselves in them. They sometimes suggest things beyond the obvious. Painting mundane objects or tasks provides me with a challenge to portray the commonplace in a compelling way, to make the usual unusual and worthy of notice.

My current body of work, painted with oil and pastels on canvas and paper, depicts moments in everyday life as experienced by the people most significant to me. My paintings have subtle, suggestive narratives: singular moments of life in the world, slices of daily life, the implied passage of time. They bring together my interests in abstract shapes and formal space combined with naturalistic figures and the many nuances of light. Through the familiar and commonplace content of these paintings, I attempt to explore emotion and mood as a form of visual poetry.

Richard McKinley
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Richard McKinley has been a professional working artist for 38 years and has over 35 years of teaching experience. In 2010 he participated in the American Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and was inducted into The Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame at the National Arts Club in NYC. His work is represented in several national galleries and is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art Museum. He is a frequent contributing editor for the Pastel Journal Magazine. American Artist magazine profiled Richard in their January 2008 issue with an article titled: “The Dance Between Artists and their Paintings”, by M. Stephen Doherty. The July/August 2010 issue of Artist magazine features an interview by Christine McHugh titled: “Shimmering Water, Quiet Light”. The Fall 2010 issue of Workshop Magazine featured an article by Linda S. Price titled: “Tackling Three Key Challenges of Plein Air Painting with Oil and Pastel”. The August 2011 issue of Southwest Art Magazine featured an interview of Richard by Mark Mussari titled: “Misty Memories”. His work has been included in several books including: “A Painters guide to Design and composition”; “Painting with Pastels”; “Pure Color, the best of Pastel”; “Art Journey America Landscapes”; “Sketchbook Confidential”; and the French book “les maitres du pastel”. A book that compiles years of his published Pastel-Pointers columns and blogs for the Pastel Journal Magazine titled: “Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings”, was released by North Light publications in November 2010 and was an instant bestseller. Two instructional DVDs: “A Studio Session, Pastel”; and “A Studio Session, Oil” have been produced by Artist Productions and F+W Media, parent company of The Pastel Journal and Artist Magazines, released two videos on pastel painting in early 2010. An avid plein air painter, Richard divides his time between painting the locations he is passionate about, reinterpreting those paintings back in the studio, writing about art matters, and instructing workshops.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“I was born in the Rogue Valley of Oregon, and spent my youth growing up with the rivers and mountains that form this special place. It is from these subjects that I receive inspiration.”

Concerning induction into the

Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame, “I am humbled to be in such company, and grateful to my mentors for the opportunities that have come my way. Every blank surface provides the same intimidation and every day spent painting, a new challenge. My goal is to capture a piece of the spontaneous dance of light across the palette of nature. I hope my pieces are like a glance when we see something that makes us linger for a moment.” - Richard McKinley 

Herman Pekel
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Herman Pekel was born to Dutch parents in Melbourne, Victoria in 1956.

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.

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.

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.

Herman was the winner of the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize in 1993 and was previously three times a finalist in Camberwell’s Travel Scholarship Award, winner of the 1989 Camberwell Watercolour Prize and also the Travel Study Scholarship in 1989. He has also won many other awards, including the Camberwell Rotary Art Show’s Best Oil in 2004, the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize in 1989, 1993, 1995 and 2006, the Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship in 1989, and in 1989 and 1993 he won the Alice Bale Award.

In 1994 the National Taiwan Art Institute asked Herman to participate in a book and travelling exhibition with selected artists from Australia, USA and Taiwan.

Herman exhibits his work regularly in the USA.

His works are featured in the books “Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists” which features Australian Artists and was compiled by Tom Roberts, “120 Years of Watercolourists”, by the Australian Realist Artists, “Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand” by Max Germaine and “Profile on Contemporary Watercolours”

Tricia Reust
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Tricia Reust is a visual artist working in most media. She exhibits regularly, teaches, judges competitions and is active in the arts community.

Tricia won the National Mortimore prize in 2012; has had work accepted ten times in the Bald Archy National Touring Exhibition; recorded an episode with the Television series Colour in Your Life; and has been published in several issues of the Australian Artist and all three “Incite – The Best of International Mixed Media” publications.

Her instructional DVD s “Drawings and Mixed Media”, another on Drawing and one on Texture, are available through Pulsar Productions.

Tricia is a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia, and is a member of Artists in Redcliffe; the Portrait Society of America; the Redcliffe Art Society; the Bribie Island Art Group and the Moreton Bay Regional Arts Council. Her awards cover many themes and media including pastel, portrait, mixed media and miniature.

John Wilson FRAS FAIHA
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John Wilson is a highly respected and sought after artist/tutor and judge who has been painting for 47 years. He is one of Australia’s leading oil painters, a multi-award winning artist who has had 49 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows. John has exhibited in London, USA, Japan, Canada, Beijing China and Seoul Korea. John’s paintings are in collections throughout Australia and internationally. His works have been reproduced extensively, including several articles in Australian Artist and International Artists magazines. He was included in “Fifty Australian Artists” and the Fine Art Books “John Wilson Blue Mountains Artist” 1988 and John’s second book “John Wilson – The Journey Continues published in 2014. John is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society NSW and Patron of the Society of Mountain Artists

Juli Hutchings
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Helen McCullock
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Howard Searchfield
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Artist Statement

I have been painting and drawing through my entire life, dedicating the last two years to painting full time. I feel something has been lost with the broader abandonment of beauty in art and it's ability to feed the soul, inspire and bring hope. I am on a journey to bring my vision and emotion into my work, which fills me with a great sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Biography

Born in Melbourne, Australia and now living and working in the Mt. Tamborine Hinterland. Howards early years were working as a signwriter and screen printer. He also worked until recently as a set designer, concept artist and prop maker at Movie World. Working primarily in oils and charcoal, Howard takes inspiration from classical and contemporary artists alike. Focusing on beauty and aesthetics, Searchfield strives to capture the essence and emotion of the subject or concept he is expressing through his chosen medium. An obsessive painter, he has studied with artists Tony Champ, Dirk Vanderlindt and more recently with Adelaide artist Robin Eley and Brooklyn N.Y artist David Jon Kassan. Currently exhibiting at Hillier and Skuse Gallery, his paintings and drawings hang in the homes of collectors both nationally and internationally.                       

David Wells
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David Wells was born 1977 into an artistic family. He is an eclectic artist having worked professionally as an actor, graphic artist, dancer, web designer, circus and street performer, musician, children's entertainer and visual artist.

He has exhibited extensively, and has been award over 30 prizes for his art.

His work has been regularly published in international journals, and has featured on the cover of both “The Artists Magazine” (2009) and “The Pastel Journal.” (2009 and 2014)

"I believe that a living person is more interesting then any artwork ever made; therefore, everyone is a masterpiece waiting to be painted.”

Heidi Willis
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Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it. Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s emerging artistic talents. Her reputation as a leading natural history, wildlife and botanical artist is well established and her meticulous and intricate studies of botany and birds can be found in significant public and private collections around the world.

Heidi’s work has featured in prominent national and international exhibitions over her career. Highlights include The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize six times to date, winning a Highly Commended award in the Works on Paper section in 2014 resulting in her work going on tour with the prize winning entries. Her major work St Vincent’s Amazons and Cannonball Tree has just been selected as a finalist again for the 2016 exhibition. The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious and richest art competitions held by the South Australian Natural History Museum. Several of her works have been showcased as a finalist at the Focus On Nature exhibitions, a leading international Natural History Art Prize held in the New York State Museum. Her work has also featured and won awards in both Botanica and The Margaret Flockton Award, hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Her work is held in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation PA, USA and her work has also been included in the highly regarded Shirley Sherwood Collection. Her work has also been featured in several publications, most significantly Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Craft Arts Magazine, Colophon, SA Life, International Artist Magazine and Artist’s Palette Magazine multiple times over, with her work featured on the front cover of Artist’s Palette issue 123. In 2015 she was taken on by Australian Geographic as a freelance botanical illustrator where her work features in the Nature Watch section of the magazine.

Sandra Temple
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Sandra is self taught and has been a professional artist and illustrator for more than 26 years. During this time she has had a cartoon strip running for 8 years, designed numerous corporate logos, worked with the RSPCA, the Qld Police Force and quite a few City Councils as a cartoonist and illustrator. She has taught realistic drawing at numerous primary schools with a focus on conservational education, designed and made theatre costumes and sets as well as taught stage make-up, she has designed and made unique jewellery, illustrated 9 childrens books and written and illustrated 3 more.

In 1998 she started to organise art exhibitions for art groups and the Inaugural International Wildlife Exhibition in 1999, which took 2 years to organise, was a major challenge with 20 overseas artists exhibiting beside Australian ones. After previously holding the positions of President, Treasurer, Secretary and Editor, Sandra is again holding the position of President of the Qld Wildlife Artists Society Inc.

Although in previous years Sandra has exhibited a few times a year at the bigger shows, she finds it harder these days as her originals sell quickly and she is unable to keep up with demand. Her limited edition geclee reproductions sell well and are available from her website.

Concentrating her energy now on painting the worlds endangered species Sandra works in all mediums and is especially keen on mixed medium paintings. She is an art judge, an art teacher working with adults and children, a popular workshop tutor and is a product demonstrator for Faber-Castell. Sandra is also an internationally recognized Bodypainter working in advertising, special effects, film and events such as ComicCon and SuperNova as well as privately.

Sandra is an active member of many wildlife and conservation groups locally, nationally and internationally. Each year she chooses two local and one international wildlife conservation group to donate original artworks and limited edition giclee reproductions for fundraising. A percentage of many or her originals are also donated to 'good causes'.

She insists that all funds raised from her donated paintings and prints are used for the cause and only supports groups where either ALL workers are volunteers or there are only a few paid workers. This is one of her solutions to deciding who she can help each year from the huge number of requests she gets to donate art and prints.

Kim work with our juniors to create fun filled creative art classes in Robina.

Ross Patterson
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As a professional artist since 1992, Ross is internationally recognized as one of

Australia’s leading and influential watercolourists who is also well respected for his “en plein air” paintings in pastel

and oil, both in Australia and overseas.

A multi award winner in Australia and internationally, Ross is often one of the few watercolourists invited to

represent Australia in World Watermedia Expositions and Biennials; and has had his work published in various

books and publications worldwide. These include,”The Art of Watercolour”[France}-the book, as well as the

magazine of the same name. Successful solo exhibitions in China and group exhibitions in Europe, have followed,

along with an instructional DVD-“Summer Light in Watercolour”-available wordwide.

Ross is an invited member of Twenty Melbourne Painters Society and Australian Watercolour institute[Sydney]

A trained teacher with an extensive background in art education, Ross capably imparts his

knowledge in a methodical, yet concise and positive manner, for all levels of development within the context of each

workshop theme. His workshop demonstrations are approached in logical steps and cover all aspects of necessary

awareness when painting-“en Plein air” or studio. Thoroughly explained elements, such as Design, Drawing, tone ,

Colour possibilities, technique and mood are all explained, along with the various subtleties and characteristics

associated with a specific area or subject. When on location, he will teach analytical awareness- pointing out

unifying shapes and relationships that will enable a painting to work as a design!

Michelle Dawson
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Born in New Zealand, Michelle moved to Australia in 1985. She has been working as a professional artist since 1996 and has studied both in Australia and the UK. She has twice represented Australia at the Inter-Continental Biennale of Small Graphics and been shortlisted for many major art prizes including the Jacaranda Drawing Prize 2014, Portia Geach Art Award, (Highly Commended), The Bendigo Drawing Prize, The Wilson Art Award, The Northern River's Portrait Prize and the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. She has also illustrated 3 children's books and was shortlisted for the CBCA 2009 Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator. Michelle lives and works in a converted church near the coast in rural Australia.

Artist Statement 

My work is figuratively based and invariably incorporates animals. I am drawn to the aesthetics and lines of improbable looking creatures such as cheetahs, hyenas, dodos, tasmanian tigers and kangaroos. I am intrigued by the point whereby the domesticated and civilised meets the wild and instinctual and how these opposing natures interact, inform and/or thwart each other. The animals; be they real beasts or imaginary monsters have been used over the years of my art practice, as a vehicle to express this conundrum.

At other times I have simply attempted to convey the ineffable beauty a wild thing stirs in me, to capture the strange and miraculous otherness that has in itself captured me and my attention.

And also to speak of the great loss and sadness when a creature becomes, or tetters on the edge of extinction.

My love of reading, both fiction and non-fiction, also strongly informs my art practice and has been the catalyst for many paintings and drawings including a body of work around the subject of mythical monsters.

In recent years I have also moved into the genre of portraiture. With both the animal and human artworks I strive to evoke the essential nature of my chosen subject matter. I see the actual process of focused drawing and painting as the means of incantation by which this is achieved.

Alan Flattman
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Over a career span of more than forty years, Alan Flattmann has become recognized as one of the most influential and respected pastel artists in the country. He is a Pastel Society of America's Hall of Fame honoree and is an Eminent Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Although accomplished in oil and watercolor, Flattmann is best known for his work in pastel. In 1987, ’90, ’91 and ’92, Watson Guptill published and reprinted his book The Art of Pastel Painting. Alan revised the book in 2007 (Pelican Publishing) and it is still considered by many as the definitive guide to pastels. Flattmann's work is also the subject of three additional books; An Artist's Vision of New Orleans: The Paintings of Alan Flattmann (2014, Pelican Publishing), Alan Flattmann's French Quarter Impressions (2002, Pelican Publishing) and The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann (1981, A.C.M. Publishing)

As well as receiving many awards and honors during the course of his career, Flattmann's work is featured in many art books and magazines such as American Artist, The Pastel Journal, Pastel Artist International, Watercolor, Southwest Art and the French magazine Pratique des Arts. His work has also been shown in over 60 solo exhibitions and included in major group exhibitions in the USA, France, Columbia, China and Taiwan. In addition, his paintings are found in the public collections of the Hang Ming Shi Pastel Art Museum (Suzhou, China), The Butler Institute of American Art, The New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Oklahoma Art Center, Longview Museum of Art, Mississippi Museum of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Sarah Gillespie Museum (William Carey University), St. Tammany Parish Justice Center and Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, as well as hundreds of private and corporate collections.


The following CHRONOLOGY is an abbreviated review of Flattmann’s career:

1946 Born in New Orleans, La

1964-1967 Studied at John McCrady School of Art in the French Quarter.

1970 First major solo exhibition, "Portrait of a Jazz Funeral" at the Downtown Gallery,

New Orleans, LA.
Solo museum exhibition - Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS

1973 - 1974 Awarded Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation Grant. Lived and painted

in Barbados, West Indies. Painted primarily in oils and watercolors - began

transition to pastels as favorite medium.

1975 - 2010 First exhibition with Bryant Galleries. Annual solo shows in various BG locations -

New Orleans, Jackson, Birmingham, Dallas, Atlanta & Palm Beach.

1980 Commissioned to travel to Israel and Egypt to produce large series of
paintings for Bryant Galleries.

1981 Publication of The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann by Joyce Kelly.
The book featured paintings of New Orleans, Barbados and the rural South.

First featured in Who's Who in American Art and every year since.

1982 Solo Exhibition at the Oklahoma Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK.

1985 "Best of Show" - Kansas Pastel Society National Exhibition.
Traveled and painted in Greece collecting material for future shows.

1987 Publication of The Art of Pastel Painting by Alan Flattmann.
Exhibited in Salon International Du Pastel - Paris, France.

1991 Awarded Master Pastelist designation, Pastel Society of America.
Traveled and painted in Guatemala collecting material for future shows.

1996 The American Artist magazine’s Art Masters Teacher Award for Pastel.

2002 Publication of Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions by
John Kemp (Pelican Pub.).
Sept. 28, 2002 proclaimed Alan Flattmann Day by Mayor of New Orleans.

2004 "Best of Show" - Eighth Biennial Nat. Exhibit, Pastel Society of N. Florida.

2006 Inducted into the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame at the
National Arts Club in New York City.
Paintings selected from the PSA’s 34th Annual Exhibition and shown at

the Butler Institute of American Art.

2007 Inducted into the Master Circle of the IAPS
IAPS International Exhibition – "Gold Award."
Publication of revised edition The Art of Pastel Painting.

2008 Paintings featured in the International Pastel Festival Exhibition of
The Pastellists Society of France – Feytiat, France

2009 "Joseph V. Giffuni Memorial Award" - Pastel Society of America.
"Visual Artist of the Year," St. Tammany Parish President’s Arts Award.

2010 Featured in reference books: Best of America Pastel Artists &
Best of Worldwide Artists


2011 New Gallery Afflilations:

Windsor Fine Art in New Orleans.

2012 Solo exhibitions at the Art Associates of Lake Charles Gallery in Lake Charles and

Barnwell Art Center, Shreveport, Louisiana.

2013 Solo exhibition at Windsor Fine Art in New Orleans,

Pastel Society of America Award in Honor of Flora B. Giffuni,

Paintings featured in the Pastel Painters of Spain International Salon Exhibition, Oviedo, Spain.

2014 Publication of An Artist's Vision of New Orleans: The Paintings of Alan Flattmann

A member of the American delegation of pastel artists invited to take part in the 1st China Biennial

International Pastel Art Exhibition and Symposium in Suzhou, China.

2015 Solo Exhibition at Ming Gallery of Art in Suzhou, China

2016 Salmagundi Club Award - Pastel Society of America

Achieved "Eminent Pastelist" status with IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies)

Liz Haywood-Sullivan
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Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, is a representational landscape artist painting in the pastel medium. Her award-winning paintings are defined by strong contrasts and color, dramatic lighting, and graphic compositions, which often feature the interplay between man and the environment. 

In 1996, she left the design world to follow her passion for fine art and since then has worked as a professional artist, art educator, and arts advocate. Liz became the Third President of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in 2013. She is currently working on her third IAPS Biennial Convention and the twelfth IAPS Juried Exhibition during her tenure. She also is the IAPS representative to the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Subcommittee responsible for developing standards for health labeling, performance, and quality of artist materials. 

She is on the Board of Advisors for The Pastel Journal. She has earned Master Pastelist status with the Pastel Society of America and has her Master Circle designation with IAPS. Liz’s paintings have appeared in art magazines around the world, and she appears in numerous books, including authoring Painting Brilliant Skies and Water (Northlight Books 2013) which was recently translated into Chinese. 

Her artwork is represented by Vose Galleries of Boston, the oldest family-owned gallery in the US. In addition to her paintings, Liz’s current schedule includes teaching workshops nationally and internationally, along with judging and demonstrating for numerous pastel societies and art organizations.

testimonials:

"What I value most in a teacher is the ability to know when to challenge and when to support, and you have that in good measure."Ruth Rodgers, president PastelArtists.Ca

"You have the unique combination of being an outstanding, nationally acclaimed artist, and an equally outstanding, comprehensive, methodical instructor. As a participant, I was challenged and inspired to try never-before used techniques, and to elevate my knowledge and technique to a more advanced level. I was also impressed with your ability to adapt your workshop to suit the specific needs of our group, in this case using plein air techniques around the fall landscape theme."
Deb Rasberry, president Piedmont Pastel Society

"Your style of teaching is thoughtful and intuitive but most of all generous. To share your wealth of knowledge so readily, speaks volumes."
Phyllis, Pastel Society of America

"Great workshop! You are a natural born teacher and I can tell you really enjoy teaching. You have the capability to meet students at their level and encourage and challenge them at the same time. This will be a workshop that continues to teach me as I work at home in my studio."
Nancy Marshburn, Piedmont Pastel Society

Penelope Gilbert-Ng
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Portrait artist Penelope Gilbert-Ng creates classically inspired contemporary custom oil and pastel portrait paintings for official, corporate and private commissions. Her oil portraiture brings to mind a level of craftsmanship and artistry that many believe no longer exists. Her paintings are inspired by the very sensibilities of the Impressionist Era. By combining superb draughtsmanship with subtle life-like color and deft paint handling, Penelope creates cherished heirlooms that reveal the true spirit of her subjects. Whether you wish to honor a beloved family member, recognize a momentous career achievement, or give that special someone a truly incomparable gift, you can commission Penelope to create an extraordinary, unique and timeless work of art.


Penelope has been creating award winning artwork for over forty years. She is a consummate professional whose portrait paintings meld her great passion for painting with her never ending fascination for people. Her portrait paintings, are perfect examples of how a modern master of classical realism can incorporate a contemporary aesthetic with a classical painting sensibility to create a truly classic work of art. Penelope combines fine craftsmanship with her sensitive eye to convey the inner essence of her subjects connecting with them to capture a realistic yet not photographic likeness.

Penelope’s award winning museum quality oil and pastel portraits are sought by collectors worldwide. She is represented in private and corperate collections.

Penelope painted The Chief Minister Sir Michael Somare before he became Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and this painting was a finalist in the Archibald and Portia Geach Portrait Competitions. She also painted a number of the Speakers of the House of Representatives Papua New Guinea.She has painted several department Heads of the University of Queensland.

Selecting the best portrait painter to create your commission is an important decision. Since a well crafted oil painting will last for hundreds of years, you, and your ancestors will be looking at your commissioned portrait for a long time. It's important that you are one hundred percent satisfied with the result. Many of Penelope's clients are avid art collectors, and they want their portraits to be comprable to the museum quality paintings in their collections. Penelope is a true perfectionist and her credo - that her next painting be her best - keeps her constantly striving to reach even greater artistic heights.

Diploma of Painting, Fellow of Royal Qld Art Society, Master Pastellist of Pastel Society of Australia
Penelope Gilbert-Ng ‘s journey as an artist started aged 3,Studied at East Sydney Technical College late teens (Diploma of Painting,1971) and furthering her development with her painting in isolation in Papua New Guinea (13 years). On returning to Australia 1986 studied with noted artists in Australia, New York, and New Mexico. Penelope believes that continual learning is essential for self-development as an artist. She is a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia, President and Fellow of the Royal Qld Art Society and sought after tutor with Art Societies and Groups Nationally in all mediums. Penelope has been a finalist in the Archibald and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions. Her commissioned paintings are represented in corporate/ private collections worldwide. Winner of many competitions combining knowledge and dedication to her art has enabled her to judge shows since 2002. Penelope has written 6 articles for The Australian Artist Magazine (Dec 2000/ March 2006/ April 2009/April 2011/ July 2011/May 2013)
Demonstrated Portraiture at the International Association Of Pastel Societies at Albuquerque in May 2009


Artist Statement

I am a painter that is who I am. I have painted all my life and continually studied, explored and enjoyed my learning processes on how I want to communicate visually to an audience. For me the effect of light on my subjects and the shadows created by a light source are in a sense equally important in creating the shapes, tone and composition required to make an enjoyable painting. I paint in all mediums but pastels’ spontaneous response and multitudes of hues and tones are so exciting especially when painting from life. I never cease to be amazed by the results. I don’t paint photographically but do believe in portraying and responding to what I see, simplifying and eliminating detail so as to make the viewer's eye work as well. My mark making is bold and confident yet shows a sensitivity to my subjects. When I paint the adrenalin flows and energy transforms into my work. I cannot think of any better way to spend my time than painting. We are truly blessed as artists. My teaching has been a wonderful source of learning as I have learned so much from my students. I first played with pastels over 40 years ago but seriously concentrated on using them for the past 25 years. I have found the speed of using pastel so wonderful when working with a model on a weekly basis as I love the individual skin colours of each model and how the light affects that colour. Pastel is the perfect medium to work from life. I hope that my paintings lift the viewer's spirit when they look at them. 

Career / Achievements /Certification and Education skills:

  • Diploma of Painting
  • Finalist Portia Geach Portrait Competition Twice
  • Finalist Archibald Portrait Competition
  • Demonstrating Portraiture at IAPS Albuquerque New Mexico USA
  • Judge /Tutor for Pastel Society of New Zealand
  • Fellowship Of RQASI
  • Master Pastellist and Life Member PSAI
  • Tutoring/communication skills for painting and drawing
  • Winning Grand Champion Portrait EKKA 2009, 2016

Career Profile:

  • 50+ years artist
  • 27 years teaching- ACE TAFE 9 years
  • President RQASI 2 years
  • 19 years on committee RQASI
  • President Pastel Society of Australia 2 years.
  • 5 years on committee Pastel Society of Australia/sub committees ongoing
  • Awarded Master Pastellist of Pastel Society of Australia 2000
  • Awarded Fellowship Of Royal Qld Art Society Inc 2003
  • Awarded Life Membership of Pastel Society of Australia 2016 for service to the Society.

Employment Experience:

  • Self-employed as Tutor at workshops 18 years Nationally and Internationally. Toowoomba Campus University of Qld, Mitchel School of Arts Bathurst. Grafton Arts School, ASOC Canberra, Victorian Pastel Society Australia. Pastel Society of South Australia, Pastel Society of Australia, Samford Art Group Coochie Art Group, Art Academy Brisbane, Brisbane Institute of Art, Atelier Art School, Art Club Lismore, Arts West Longreach, Wallabadah Art Group N.S W, Murrurundi N.S.W, Bundaberg Art Group, Royal Qld Art Society, Mackay Art Society, Scone Art Group N.S W, Eyre Art group. Mareeba Primary School, Private School at Atherton Tablelands. Morayfield High School 1 week Art program for Grade 10/11/12 Twice. Kingston Primary teaching wildlife drawing. Flying Arts tutor.
  • Teaching privately
  • Internationally- Judge and tutor North and South Islands of NZ, Pastel Society of New Zealand

-Tutored twice at the Greek Islands Artemis Tours 3 week painting holidays

  • Demonstrated at IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) representing Australia Albuquerque, New Mexico. USA
  • Judge: Mackay Art Society, Brookfield Show, Rotary Sunnybank, Royal Qld Art Society, Annual International Miniature Art Awards, Beenleigh Rotary Art Awards, Woodford Biennial Art Awards, Maleny Art Awards, Caboulture Art Society, Watercolour Art Society, St Catherine’s Anglican 1st Inaugural Art Show, Qld Wildlife Art Society, Cloncurry Ernest Henry Art Awards, Longreach Arts West, RQAS Gold Coast, Art Whitsundays, Coochiemudlo Art Group Annual.
  • Held weekend workshops at Kindilan Education and Outdoor Facility Painting the landscape
  • Commissions
  • Exhibiting in numerous exhibitions

Education:

  • Diploma of Painting East Sydney Technical College (5 years) 1971
  • Studied with Scholarship at New York Pastel Society of USA 2003
  • Attended many workshops from 1990 to present day.

Commissions:

  • Sir John Guise Speaker of Assembly Papua New Guinea 1973
  • Sir Barry Holloway Speaker of Assembly Papua New Guinea 1973
  • Ikini Holloway Papua New Guinea 1973
  • Prime Minister Michael Somare acquisition 1975
  • University Of Qld Cromwell College Past Principal Rev. Dr G Lindsay Lockley MA,BD,PhD 2003
  • University of Qld Head University of Veterinary School Professor Neil McMenamin 2008
  • University of Qld Head of Women’s College Professor Iyla Davies 2016
  • Numerous private collections worldwide

Publications:

  • 9 Articles published Australian Artist Magazine. 2000,2006,2009,2011,2012,2,13,2013,2016,2016.
  • Featured in the book Luminous Colour, Showcasing Australian Pastel Artists by Linda Hibbs 2014

Exhibitions:

  • 8 Solo Exhibitions
  • 6 Joint Exhibitions
  • Finalist Archibald Portrait Show
  • Finalist twice in Portia Geach Portrait Show.
  • Finalist Maree Ellis Drawing Prize
  • Finalist Figurative RQAS twice
  • Exhibited in many Rotary exhibitions and competitions
  • Won EKKA Grand Champion Portrait twice (one oil, one pastel) and many awards in Art sections including pastel sections of the EKKA