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 - 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. First prize Abstract  Brookfield Show 2012.

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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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Mandy Lee - Mandy discovered her love of painting two years ago while visiting a mural festival in Tasmania. She decided to join in her childrens' activity painting with acrylic on butchers paper. On her return to Queensland she decided she wanted to paint seriously. After attending lessons on drawing and painting she became an enthusiastic painter. Her preference is for portraits of people and pets. She is always looking for a new subject full of character to explore and paint.

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.

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.

Jeanne Cotter-  Jeanne was born  and bred in Canberra and moved to Queensland in the 1980's. Art and design have been an integral part of her life, from her first job as a visual display artist at Myer and David Jones, to calligraphy, ticket writing and  folk art. Whilst living on the sunshine Coast she attended weekly pastel classes. She had never been formally taught before and fell in love with the textures and colours of soft pastels. My art is realist and traditional. I adore mixing colours and teaching others.

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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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Yossi Rotenberg-  Like every disciplined well-bred Jewish child, Yossi, as expected, studied "something useful" holding a BSc in Electronics Engineering. Childhood dreams about being an artist were unfulfilled while pursuing a successful career in the Hi-Tech Industry. Over the years he found the time to study the Arts and holds a Master of Design degree and Professional Studio Photography qualifications. Early retirement led to a second career as a photographer. His nitial work is focussed on nature, especially flower varieties.

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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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Swapnil Nevgi Swapnil, from Goa, India is an emerging Australian artist living in Brisbane. Art has been his passion since childhood.  He moved to Brisbane in 2001 to pursue further studies in advertising, design and IT and has worked in the corporate world for more than ten years. He quit his full time employment in 2017 to pursue his passion for art. Intriuged by nature, he really enjoys capturing wildlife and landscapes both on camera and on canvas.

 
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

 

Swapnil Nevgi

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Swapnil is an emerging Australian artist living in Brisbane but originally from the coastal town of Goa, India. Art has been his passion since childhood, When ho moved to Brisbane in 2001 he pursued studies in  advertising, design and IT, working in the corporate world for more than 10 years. He left paid employment in 2017 to pursue hi passion for art. He loves both wildlife and landscapes, capturing them both on camera and canvas. He spends a lot of time in nature to capture the mood of the moment. Predominantly an oil painter, he loves intricate details.

He has been a finalist at the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Awards, Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, Petit Pieces, and the Stanthorpe Art Prize. Swapnil also won an award at the Brookfield Show.

swapnilnevgi.com.au    on Facebook at swapnilnevgi.fineart    or on Instagram swapnil.nevgi.fine art

 

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.  .

 

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

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.

R.N.A. ( The Ekka 2019) Mangoes 2    Commended   Available for sale.

 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. 

 

Jeanne Cotter

Jeanne was born and bred in Canberra and moved to Queensland in the 1980's. Art and design have been an integral part of her life, from her first job and a visual display artist at Myer and David Jones, to calligraphy, ticket writing and  Folk Art. She studied a  Design and Marketing degree in the early 2000's as a mature student, and pursued a career as a graphic designer for many years. Today Jeanne works part time at the Art Shed whilst pursuing her love of soft pastels. On her days off she teaches pastel art classes for adult beginners at her home in Middle Park, Brisbane. http;//deliciousart.com.au

Whilst living on the sunshine Coast she attended weekly pastel classes. She had never been formally taught before and fell in love with the textures and colours of soft pastels. During that time I travelled to Italy, twice, on painting tours with my art tutor and fellow students. She is so inspired by the world around her and Italy certainly expanded her horizons. She loves to paint scenes and textures and her mantra is, "Don't die with the art still inside you."

 My art is realist and traditional. She is constantly  challenges to find the lightest light and the darkest dark. adore mixing colours and emulating textures with pastels and she  especially loves teaching others and witnessing their delight with their art.

 

Mandy Lee

Mandy Lee - Mandy discovered her love of painting two years ago while visiting a mural festival in Tasmania. She decided to join in her childrens' activity painting with acrylic on butchers paper. On her return to Queensland she decided she wanted to paint seriously. After attending lessons on drawing and painting she became an enthusiastic painter. Her preference is for portraits of people and pets. She is always looking for a new subject full of character to explore and paint.

 

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.

Granite Belt Farm  1st prize d'Arcy Doyle 2018
 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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