Artist's Profiles

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Diane Cox - Di Cox's personal and professional life have shaped her artistic spirit. From her idyllic childhood on a north Queensland farm, the youngest of four to Italian immigrants, to her adult life in Brisbane, creativity has been central to her essence. "A country girl at heart, I revel in creativity that is not restricted by boundaries" Di, now a respected artist, is driven to create work that continues to delight and inspire her audience.

Bruce Peebles - Bruce's first public exhibition was in 1975 and his work has appeared on the NZ national television art program 'Kaleidoscope'. Fascinated by the surreal, Bruce's paintings take into consideration his extensive understanding of light, tone and the use of colour to produce an incredible depth and feel. Winning the Painting Prize at 'Biannual' 2011, his works are held in private collections in New Zealand and Australia. www.brucepeebles.com.au  www.instagram.com/brucepeeblesart/

Judy Hamilton - A ceramic sculptor, Judy likes to work with maleable clay.Line and form are critical.Though often appearing comical,her sculptures tell stories that frequently have a deeper meaning than first appears. Judy i, but has exhibited in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville and Brisbane. She originally trained as a specialist art teacher, but developed her career as a ceramic artist in Melbourne. Her approach is original, often using unorthodox materials.

Harriet Posner - Harriet's contemporary paintings are unique. Her "calligraphic" marks dance, swirling with exhuberance across the canvas or paper. There is no one way to read her pieces as each viewer will interpret the marks very differently. She is a mid career artist having exhibited with galleries  across Queensland, Sydney, and Melbourne. Harriet's works are numerous in in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. www.harrietposner.com

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Jude Pittard - With her art Jude endeavours to display and capture emotion, movement and theme employing various textures in most often imaginative abstract form, using acrylic, mixed media and pastel. Brushes and knives are used as well as bare hands at times. My aim is to draw the viewer's eye to the canvas where I begin my journey with enthusiasm, uncertain whrere it will lead me.

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Yukari Ogaki - Yukari has always loved painting from being a small child. she has not been trained as a painter. Yukari is self-taught, experimenting with mediums, materials and skills. She had years when she didn't paint at all but is now enjoying painting again. Her art has been influenced by the beauty of Japanese taste.

Barbara Fea - Barbara draws her inspiration from the landscape both from within Australia and overseas. Living in Western Queensland for many years gave her a deep appreciation of the outdoors and an environmental awareness. Watercolour with its transparency and clarity of colours is excellent for portraying mood and seasonal change captured in her paintings.

Ana-Maria Duque - Her Latin-American background has influenced her style which is characterised by the use of vibrant colours, unusual details, and unexpected quirkiness. My portraits depict people from different upbringings and backgrounds, highlighting their personalities in a whimsical way. She has worked in other mediums but defines herself as a paper lover.

Malcolm Stirling - He has been involved in painting since his retirement, fulfilling a dream held  for a number of years before that.  Malcolm works in oils on board, enjoying their texture and feel when applying them to a surface. His deep love of nature is reflected in most of his works. In some works he has enjoyed the playful aspect of fantasy, creating an imaginary golf hole or landscape.

David Ladley - David is an artist of thirty years experience. After completing a business career as Creative Director of a major advertising agency, he now concentrates on painting. David has painted in the USA, England, New Zealand and of course Australia. He is former President of the Royal Queensland Art Society, Gold Coast. He has held numerous solo exhibitions with many paintings now in private collections. New paintings can be commissioned.

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Marie Kennedy- Marie's artist ambition is to make paintings which cause positive emotions in the viewer. She experiences joy and mental relaxation whilst making her art. It is her natural way of chilling out, and escaping from her working life.

Marie uses either soft pastels or acrylic paint. when she sees a subject to paint, she has a vibe that tells her which medium to use. It is exciting to see a painting evolve by changing decisions if needed. this freedom is exciting. Marie describes her work as semi-realistic with a twist of fun, whilst choosing colours that are pleasing to the eye.

Marijke Lambregtse - Holland Born, Marijke's dancer, choreographer and teacher in Holland and Australia, before completing studies in Fine Arts and Sculpture, winning several awards. As an immigrant her art is concerned, with, home, place and identity. An environmental mindfulness underlines her practice. Message and aesthetics are combined in works which may use paint and recycled materials to create texture.. Her works aim to elucidate Chavanne's comment,"A work is born from a kind of confused emotion. 

Andrea Moser-Rieneker - Andrea, a contemporary artist, has traveled and lived in Europe giving her early exposure to contemporary and classical European art, allowing her the opportunity to indulge a love of colour and design. Experimenting with different mediums, techniques and styles display her love of texture and mark making. Andrea works with acrylics, water colour, ink, collage and encaustic medium. Portraying experiences, concepts and feelings evolves until the dialogue between colour, form and space is resolved.

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Lisa Bagnell - Lisa's love of creation led to studies in Biology any and geology. A curiosity for the Creator's Heart of loving Generosity complete her life's pursuits. Learning to paint in 2014 helped compensate for the loss of the ability to read and write after mental illness completely changed her life.

Her outlook on life is positive and her life is, by necessity, very simple. Painting allows Lisa to express herself and invites the viewers to interpret the pieces for themselves

Yvonne Bouwman - Yvonne is a ceramic artist with forty-five year's experience. In recent years she has become fascinated with the vibrant colours and rich textures of the Australian Landscape. she is represented in permanent collections internationally.  Her ceramics have been presented as gifts to overseas dignitaries by the Queensland government. Twenty years ago she extended her creative skills to include painting, studying at the Brisbane Institute of Art. 

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Susan Segal  - At the age of 14 Susan salvaged an old Brownie Box camera that was destined  for the tip. Her mother donated a roll of monochrome film which began a passion for photography.Mostly a self taught artist, Susan paints in a predominantly realistic style, favouring architectural images, although, over the last two years, has ventured into a totally abstract stle of flow art. Rwcwntly she has begun experimenting with alcohol inks to produce artworks with a more ethereal quality.

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Lyn Fairlie - Art was a thing  Lyn did until her forties.and played with acrylics creating a few paintings. In 1956 I was dabbling with acrylic pours when a friend asked her whether she had considered spray painting. she sent 

Lyn some of her paintings and suggested some You Tube clips which piqued her interest. She bought a couple of cans of spray, some glossy poster-board and experimented. that was the beginning of an obsession. She is now confident developing her own concepts. Lyn and spray just gelled and now she can't imagine not doing it.

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Helen Stephens -  Helen has become an artist over the last couple of years,. and after exploring different mediums and processes she has found her own artistic style encompassing painting and design. Her inspiration is in the world around her with vibrant colour and stylised form used to create the spirit of each piece. Her paintings are fun interpretations of moments glimpsed in everyday back yards or or country drives, as well as anything else that appeals to her imagination.She has always enjoyed interior and garden design. Her ultimate reason for painting her original artworks is to add character, warmth and value to a home.

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Rachael Torepe - Rachael has always used art and craft as an outlet from everyday life. When she discovered clay, it was like being a child again immersed in mud or squishing playdough in her hands. Rachel uses hand building and moulds to create her work, rather than throwing on the wheel. She loves experimenting with different decorations, glazing and firing.

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Anna Ballarin - As a teenager Anna  drew constantly and painted in oils. After a  30 year gap for family, She restarted her career using charcoal and pastels. Anna immediaty loved the feel of pastel in her hand and on the paper. She senses no separation  between the medium and herselfwhen painting with pastel. She experiment with different ways oaking texture. Inspiration is taken from Nature, especially the beaches of northern New South Wales, selling several works of this area.

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Marta Blaszak-  Marta has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Germany, and diploma of Visual Art from Bremer TAFE, Ipswich.

she is an active member of the Somerset Art Society, the Boonah Art Society, and volunteers at Logan Art Gallery. 

Marta also conducts workshops from her studio.

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Bernadette McConville - Bernadette has painted as far back as she can remember..  Her favourite medium is oil, loving the way it gives time for movement and to blend and develop depth of colour. In between works in oil, she draws with pastel and paints in watercolour. She particularly enjoys the softness that pastels rings to he work. Bernadette's subject matter varies. She paints landscapes and animals.Still life is her favourite genre, but she has dabbled in portraiture. 

 She can be found  @Artdaft - which just about sums her up!

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Helen Gunning-Stevenson - Helen grew up in South East England in a rural community surrounded by artists including members of her family. This environment has influenced her style  of painting and a passion for still life and landscape. She still returns to her maternal family's home in Jamaica. Her experience of the Caribbean has inspired a bold use of colour., and the   immediacy of many Jamaican artists. 

 
Bruce Peebles

Bruce’s first exhibition in Art Photography was held at the Wellington Museum in 1975 and his work has been featured on the NZ national television art program “Kaleidoscope”.

 

Moving to Australia in 1978 to further his career in Advertising Photography, Bruce was awarded ‘Master Photographer’ by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers in 1984.

 

Trained in Commercial/Advertising Photography and Motion Picture, Bruce has shot on film and television sets as well as remote locations in Australia and overseas whilst working with some of Australia’s top advertising studios and his work has appeared in Marie Claire, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

 

Being an ‘early adoptor’ of a complete digital workflow in 1996, he has produced many multi-layered images that have appeared in magazine advertising, corporate reports and billboards on an international and local front. He has won awards in several areas and lectured in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

 

Fascinated by the surreal, he has also turned his eye and hand to painting. This extension to paint takes into consideration his extensive understanding of light, tone and use of colour. When painting abstractive landscapes he immerses himself in the composition, working with light and shade to give his paintings a fascinating depth and feel.

 

Bruce was awarded the Painting Prize at ‘biannual’ 2011 and accepted into the Xstrata Percival Portrait Award 2012, entrant in the Archibald Prize in 2011/12/13, as well as being a semi-finalist in the Moran Photographic Prize. Growing in popularity, his artworks are now held in private collections in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Bruce’s recent photographic works along with original paintings can be seen at www.brucepeebles.com.au  and you can follow him at www.instagram.com/brucepeeblesart/

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Di Cox

 Whilst Cox's passion for art began as a child, it is only since 2010 that she has focused her energies back into art. Her art reflects the emotion and empathy that echoes her experiences a a mother, health professional, and a proud Aussie with country roots. Di's art celebrates colour and nature, both defining characteristics of her work.

"A country girl at heart, she revels in creativity that is not restricted by boundaries." Having begun her art practice in watercolours in 2010, she has, under the guidance of many local artists, developed a unique fusion of media; capturing the delicacy of watercolours in acrylics. Whilst she loves working with watercolours, she also adores the freedom of semi-abstract acrylic art, which gives her the opportunity to respond innately to the canvas.Her art displays an ethereal translucency, and captures her essence; a passionate gardener and homemaker. she strives to  create art that inspires her audience, providing an escape to a place of calm and beauty.

Awards: 2014 -17 finalist Lethbridge 10,00 Small Scale Art Award

                2015-18 Finalist Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular Gallery

To view Di's collection of works, visit:-

  www.dicoxgallery.com or follow her virtual diary :  www.facebook.com/artbydicox or

www.snstagram.com/di_cox_gallery_brisbane

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Throughout her working life as an interior designer, She was always interested in Visual Art and after retiring from work, she completed a Diploma in Visual Art at Bremer TAFE in 2011.Since then Marta has exhibited in several membership exhibitions as a member of Logan Artist Association, Somerset Art Society and Boonah Art Society. As well as working as a volunteer at the Logan Art Gallery she has attended many of the different workshops they offer.

Marta has had several solo exhibitions through SASI Art at the Glenrock Gallery in Esk and is exhibiting with the Outside In art programs at St Vincent's Hospital and also at the Royal Women's Hospital.

For Several years Marta taught Acrylic Painting for adults and children at the Inala Art Gallery before starting her own art group from her art studio at Forest Lake.

Her art is mostly inspired by nature, the flora and fauna of the parklands and lake at forest Lake. Marta also paints images from ocean life when she joins her husband on hi boat trips around Moreton Bay.

Recently Marta discovered Fluid Acrylic pouring and now often combines this with her more realistic style. By combining both styles, her latest pieces capture and celebrate the unexpected, unique and sometimes  chaotic beauty of nature without trying to contain it.

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Malcolm Stirling

Malcolm has been involved in painting since his retirement, fulfilling a dream held  for a number of years before that.  Malcolm works in oils on board, enjoying their texture and feel when applying them to a surface. His deep love of nature is reflected in most of his works. In some works he has enjoyed the playful aspect of fantasy, creating an imaginary golf hole or landscape.

 

Jude Pittard

A desire to express herself at the easel by painting in abstract form has been within her heart and soul from a very young age. However, she has only been painting for gallery exhibitions as recently as  2010.  Jude often employs mixed media, acrylic and pastel for diverse texture, colour and visual interest endeavouring to capture emotion, varying textures and movement in different forms.  .

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Andrea Moser-Rienecker

Andrea, a contemporary artist, has traveled and lived in Europe giving her early exposure to contemporary and classical European art, allowing her the opportunity to indulge a love of colour and design. Experimenting with different mediums, techniques and styles display her love of texture and mark making. Andrea works with acrylics, water colour, ink, collage and encaustic medium. Portraying experiences, concepts and feelings evolves until the dialogue between colour, form and space is resolved.

Helen Stephens

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Helen has become an artist over the last couple of years and after exploring different mediums and processes she has happily found her own artistic style encompassing painting and design. Her inspiration is in the world around her with vibrant colour and stylised form used to create the spirit of each piece.

Her paintings are fun interpretations of moments glimpsed in everyday back yards or  country drives, as well as anything else that appeals to her imagination. She has always enjoyed interior and garden design. Her ultimate reason for painting her original artworks is to add character, warmth and value to a home.

Also, she paints whimsical girls, fairies and angels who morph from a blank canvas. She uses acrylics, watercolour pencils, paper tissue, pen  and any medium to enhance the outcome.

After selling some of her paintings and winning a first, four seconds and a third place in mixed media and acrylics over the last two years at exhibitions, she is thrilled with the feedback she had received.

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 Her artworks hang in the Art West Community Gallery at Mt Ommaney and One Table Churches of Christ , Kenmore where she has sold paintings to appreciative buyers.

To arrange to view her art contact her 0412 595 177 or email HelenCreativeWorks@gmail.com

 

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Marijke Lambregtse

" A work is born from a kind of confused emotion. The work is an attempt to elucidate that emotion." Puvis de Chavannes

Marijke began her artistic career in Holland, the land of her birth, as a successful dancer, choreographer and teacher. After leaving Holland to lecture on Ballet in Melbourne and Brisbane;, she made her crossover from one visual art to another;  studying art and gaining a BV in Fine Arts and majoring in sculpture at Griffith University. Upon graduating she won the  Karl and Gertrude Langer Award. Since then she has been exhibiting regularly with several solo exhibitions here and overseas, being finalist in and winning several awards.

 

Being an immigrant, her art is often concerned with the concepts of 'home, Pace and Identity. Other issues like the environment and how we fit within the environment and what can be done to create a better, more liveable world are underlying mindfulness in her practice. She tries to harmoniously merge message and aesthetics in her work. In addition to paint, recycled materials, text and texture play a crucial role in bringing this about. 

Rachael Torepe

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Rachael finds experimenting with different  decorations, glazes and firing techniques exciting.  The use of bright colours or a mix of glazes gives an eye-catching effect. Earlier work included animals, abstract sculptures and using coral and flowers as decoration.

Recently I Rachael has ventured into making monsters as I find I can let my imagination run She is not limited to how many eyes or legs they have and monsters can be any colour.

Rachael also enjoys making succulent planters to appeal to the more practical person who want something functional. My love of succulents,( easy to grow and care for)for those without green thumbs  has influenced my planters. I  have moved on from coral and flower decorations to mini houses to further enhance the beauty of the plants.

 

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David Ladley

David Ladley has won many awards since 1999 up to the present. His full list of Awards is on file at the desk in a folder. Below are his Awards of the last two years.

RQAS March2016 Theme Winner; RQAS 2016 People's Choice Award August & September; RQAS People's Choice Award 2016;

d'Arcy Doyle 2nd Prize Oil Landscape2016; RQAS GC ist prize Landscape Oil Big Art 2017; Muwillumbah Show 1st Prize Landscape Oil 2017; RQAS Brisbane People's Choice Award 2017; Royal Brisbane hospital Award 1st Prize 2017; Brookfield Show ist Prize Oils 2018; RQAS Overall Winner June 2018; Lions Art Show  Highly Commended 2018; RQAS Brisbane Annual Art Competition 1st Prize oil 2018; d'Arcy doyle 1st Prize Oils 2018.

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Bernadette McConville

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Bernatte McConville has painted  for as long as she can remember .She still possesses some of her art that dates back forty odd years..  Her favourite medium is oils, loving the way it performs giving her time for movement and to blend and develop depth and colour. In between works in oil, she draws with pastels and paints in watercolour. Bernadette especially enjoys the softness that pastels bring  to her work. - She always takes a pad and pastels on her travels. 

For several years during the 80's watercolours became her medium of choice to the extent that she became a member of the Pretoria-based Water Colour Society in South Africa. She appreciated the transparency and cleanliness of the medium, but as always, a return to oils was inevitable.

Her subject matter varies, painting landscapes and animals, with a special fondness for still life. Bernadette has recently tried portraiture,with success. She finds having a wide range of subject matter challenges her creativity and developes and improves technique. She is alwaysis on the lookout for a new and exciting project for her easel.

You'll find her at @Artdaft - which just about sums her up.

 

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Susan Segal

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At the age of 14. Susan salvaged an old Box Brownie destined for the tip. Her mother generously donated a roll of monochrome film. And so.  began a lifetime passion for photography. Having studied photography thirty years ago with a SLR camera with film, Susan had a good grounding in all the principles of photography. Over twenty years ago she bought her first digital camera and has since progressed through an endless series of models as the technology improved over time. Susan's style can be described as "Chiaroscuro"; the play of light an shadow using black and white. Four years ago She bought her first Drone and, whilst travelling extensively, has enjoyed the opportunity it provides to capture images from a very different perspective.

Early in life Susan showed an aptitude for drawing and her first career was as a draughtswoman. Through the years she continued studying, learning computer aided drafting and Lighting Design; ultimately graduating as an Illumination Engineer over twenty years ago.

Mostly a self taught artist, Susan paints in a predominantly realistic style, favouring archictural images. However over the last two years she has ventured into a tottally abstract style of acrylic flow art. Recently she has begun experimenting with alcohol inks to produce artworks with a more ethereal quality.

15 years ago Susan designed and created her own website www.susan.com.au

 

 

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Helen grew up in South West England in a rural community surrounded by art and artists, including several members of her family. this environment has greatly influenced her style of painting and her passion for still life and landscapes. Her maternal family is Jamaican and she has visited the vibrant Caribbean island throughout her life, being inspired by the bold use of colour as well as the freshness and immediacy of many Jamaican artists. A strong connection to objects, particularly those with personal significance or history informs much of Helen's work.

Currently living in Pullenvale, she had a great appreciation for nature including a love of gardening. Helen enjoys incorporating flora into her still life works as well as painting local vistas. Helen paints in oils from life, her style combining traditional techniques of underpainting and tonalism with harmonious use of colour and broad, loose brushstrokes, giving her work contemporary appeal.

Helen's art training began at Atelier Art Classes in Salisbury, being given a firm grounding in both drawing and painting techniques, She has attended classes with various Brisbane based tutors, among them Nick Leavy, Wayne Van Eyk, Kay Kane, Scott Breton and Natasha Ruschka.

Helen has been involved in the Brisbane art community for several years, having worked as a volunteer guide at QAGOMA, as well as belonging to the Royal Queensland Art Society and the Half Dozen Group of Artists.

 

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Web site compiled by Bruce Peebles, Jude Pittard and Julie Stirling