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Relocation
I was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (USA) in 1974. These days I live in the Brisbane suburb of Yeronga. I moved to Brisbane in December 2007 with my husband Eric, who is a marine biologist at the University of Queensland. I have a small studio belo
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Who Needs Trees?
Claybord is made up of a hard panel that has been coated with a fine layer of smooth clay. When I work on white Claybord, I like to combine painting, drawing and scratching to create a piece with a unique style and texture. I created this piece ‘Who
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Fine Artist, Tutor and Art Judge
I remember always being passionate about drawing, from childhood right through to now. I always knew, deep down, that being a pencil artist was my career path. Even as a youngster, I was never prolific ever, but would spend many hours absorbed totall
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After the Storm
Fairy wrens are very social birds and spend a lot of time on the ground, so the theme of this image is the welcoming of one bird to a new group against the complex backdrop of the floor debris. All my works are carefully designed, including all the b
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Back of Bourke
Jenny Greentree resides on an ancient red ridge overlooking Gidgee Lake – quite literally out the ‘Back of Bourke’ in western New South Wales. Her home has been a source of inspiration which has helped to unlock her exciting God-given talents. Jenny
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Freedom of Brushwork
Brenda Holden spent her formative years in the foothills of Adelaide. Hiking around waterfalls in the area, she grew to love the abundant birdlife. While young, she spent many years in Broken Hill and outback Western Australia – all the while develop
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Dante’s Falls
Bushwalking near Lawson in the upper Blue Mountains can be a sheer pleasure. As you descend down the mountainside through Dante’s Glen, you can follow a mountain stream with huge beautiful cliffs and high waterfalls. The terrain is breathtaking and f
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Morning After Rain – Brisbane Bush
After deciding on size and format, I drew the foreground objects to size with as much detail as possible before transferring them onto my prepared board. When I airbrush a background (as in this painting), I mask the bird and the branch with masking
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Cliffs at Wentworth Falls
In my hasty sketch (although it was done very quickly), I attempted to capture as much visual information as possible with a few strokes of the pencil. My intention was to use the study at a later date for a painting. Instead, I have used the sketch
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Paper and Canvas Contributed
Glenn Demnar, my art mentor for many years, used the term ‘loose’. Looseness has become a predominant feature of my style. With oils, being ‘loose’ engenders minimal risk … it’s only paint. So-called mistakes can be corrected through overpainting; sc
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Passion for Detail
Jenny Hartley is a Queenslander who has been an active painter since 1990 – creating works of art in graphite, watercolours and acrylics. Her childhood, spent on the family farm near Casino in New South Wales, installed within her a deep love of the
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Stretching Boundaries
Richard Rogers lives and works in Strathalbyn, South Australia – far away from his birthplace at Kyogle in northern New South Wales. He discovered that he had some talent for art during his high school years, and has dabbled with painting and drawing
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Country Cousins
I had been out to Colby dam, near Toowoomba. I had seen this old gate beside the road and stopped to photograph it. What I saw inspired me and the idea for this painting of ‘Country Cousins’ was born. From when the initial idea was formed, the proces
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Autumn Tints – Yarra Valley
We go out painting once a week and have been doing so for the last 20 years – come rain, snow or blazing sunshine. This particular spot is out in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, with a hint of autumn left in the air. When looking for subject matter to
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A Lover of Landscapes
Murray Charteris is quickly gaining a reputation for his dynamic energy-filled fine art. His bold colours and powerful compositions come together to produce artwork that is increasingly sought after. His original paintings are seemingly being snapped
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Flinders Creekbed
My reference photograph for this demonstration was a picture of a dry creekbed in the Flinders Ranges. The picture was taken on a painting trip to Angaritchna Station. Although the photograph was vertical, I chose a horizontal format for my painting
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Australian Red Gold
I started with a rough sketch of the composition. My initial sketch is usually quite rough, but expressive. I use it to work out the lines of action and flow of the eye. I used photographic references for this picture, but it was important to use the
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Moments in Time
Cryla was the first ever Artists Acrylic produced commercially, introduced into Europe in 1963 by the Rowney Company. Cryla Artists’ Acrylic colour is a very heavy-bodied colour with a high loading of the very purest, permanent and lightfast pigments
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Getting Outdoors
I have always enjoyed being “creative” and when I was young I was forever making some type of craft or sewing. I loved art at school and couldn’t wait for class, but I didn’t believe I could paint, my love being drawing and sculpture. It wasn’t until
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Slim Pickings
I roughly painted my canvas by using up remaining paints from a previous painting in earthy tones. I rubbed out some areas and added more paint into sections and left any marks that will represent the dry earth and twigs etc. As I do not intend to pa
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Coastal Walk
I live within a stone’s throw of a pristine beach. Light, whether it be in the early morning or at dusk when everything is washed in a pinky glow, features in most of my current work in the seascape genre. I work ‘large’ to avoid unnecessary detail (
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Artist’s Hints And Tips
• Set up your work area in advance, with plenty of water and rags. Mix up several quantities of colour to avoid wasting time during the painting process. • I find working dark to light creates ‘mass’ first and allows for highlights later. • Working d
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In the Galleries Contributed
Bay Art and Design has recently opened the ‘Murray Charteris Art Gallery’ in Hervey Bay, Queensland, showcasing the brilliant work of Murray Charteris along with some more of Hervey Bay’s finest artists. The community of Hervey Bay is very excited ab
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Pelicans to Portraits
Born in England, I migrated to Australia in 1968 at the age of ten. I work full-time as a clerk with the State Government and I live at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales. I completed an informal art course at Dobell House, Wangi, when my youngest chi
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Cowrie Hole – Newcastle
I work on a draughtsman’s board at a nearly vertical angle. I have made a tray out of thick paper and taped it to the bottom of the board to catch pastel dust. I periodically vacuum this out. My father-in-law made a small table on castors which I kee
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