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Born and reared in Rhodesia, Africa, Robyn was privileged to have a close association with all Creatures great and small, thanks to her Father being the head of the Veterinary Council and a leading Animal Conservationist.
In 1984 the Abrey Family immigrated to Durban, South Africa, where Robyn helped her Father run his World renowned Bird Sanctuary – Umgeni River Bird Park. Although Robyn's formal training as a designer allowed her to complete all the Bird Parks signage and illustrative work, her primary role was as the Head Curator of the large varied collection, involving the breeding, rearing and rehabilitation of many endangered bird species, and later the Free Flight Bird Show's head trainer and presenter.
Robyn was also commissioned to do extensive art work for a Bird Park at Iguacu Falls in Brazil, Foz Tropicana, which required her to travel there yearly for 6 weeks at a time, in order to complete huge illustrative murals and signage. She also ran her own Decorating and Paint Techniquing Company where she produced numerous murals for veterinary practices, school Science labs, businesses and private homes.
Having immigrated to Australia in 2009, thanks to the offer of an Office Management position, Robyn is excited about the prospect of expanding her Artistic career to embrace more Australian flora and fauna, but is also paying homage to her African heritage with a series of graphite drawings of African animals and birds.
Natalie Barlow was born in Geelong. After finishing school, she studied Commercial art at the Melbourne College of Decoration and in 1987 attained a TAFE certificate in Promotional Display and Advertising.
Since then she has worked as a graphic artist in Melbourne, Coffs Harbour, Sydney and now the Sunshine Coast where she has lived for 5 years.
Since arriving on the Sunshine Coast Natalie has joined the Pomona Gallery Artists and Friends Group, the Friends of Noosa Regional Gallery and the Queensland Wildlife Art Society. She finds the groups to be very nurturing and supportive in her artistic development.
Her interest in art started while studying graphic design. She commenced art classes in 1986 at the local community centre and soon developed an interest in painting wildlife, particularly birds and landscapes.
Over the years Natalie has gained inspiration for her artwork by visiting wetland areas, around Australia including Kakadu and overseas trips to India and Africa. Natalie enjoys painting in oils and watercolour and has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and also has her paintings at Pomona Gallery.
Last year Natalie had an article in the Artist Palette Magazine issue 143 which showed many of her paintings and a demonstration of a gum tree scene.
Sara finds inspiration in the world around her. There is plenty to inspire her; the way a shadow plays on a object, the challenge of representing and recreating a typical behaviour - or a quiet moment. The beauty of nature provides endless facination.
"I have loved birds ever since I can remember, and the joy of depicting nature in a realistic way enables the use of lots of colour, and I love colour."
Peta is a self taught artist working mainly in gouache or mixed media. Peta has travelled extensively in Australia to source material for her paintings of Australian birds. After recent trips to Africa she has also been painting African birds and mammals. Peta is a keen conservationist and is a member of a number of conservation organizations. She is a Signature Member of Art for Conservation, a worldwide website, and in 2009 was accepted as an Exhibitor in Art for Conservation 2009, a juried exhibition held in the U.S.A.
Gerard works in clay, concrete, wood, metals and polymers. He has been creating wildlife sculpture for over 30 years and his work captures the movement and expression in the animals he produces. Gerard had a degree in anthropology and became interested in the relationships between humans and animals over our evolutionary past during his research for it.
Working from home using a gas fired kiln, Gerard faces many challenges including the fact that his kiln has been severely damaged 3 times in the last 4 years from flooding in Ithaca creek behind his home.
Elizabeth Burnett is an artist who grew up in Brisbane and now lives in the Redlands with her husband and family. Elizabeth has been painting for over 25 years, training under her mentor and professional artist, Trevor Platt.
For many years Elizabeth specialised in watercolours, painting landscapes, outback scenes and botanical illustrations. Elizabeth has also begun doing large scenes in oils taking inspiration from her own photographs taken while on holidays both in Australia and overseas. In recent years however, Elizabeth has enjoyed exploring new mediums and techniques training under master pastelist Gail Higgins.
Elizabeth has entered her artworks in several exhibitions in her local area and has also done several commissions. In 2012 Elizabeth was accepted as a member of "Queensland Wildlife Artist Society" with Emerging Artist status. She now enjoys using a wide range of mediums including oils, watercolour, pastels, graphite and coloured pencils to bring to life her beautiful wildlife artworks in amazing detail. For Elizabeth Art is a never ending journey of learning and discovery with a passion to improve her skills and create beautiful artwork for everyone to enjoy.
Growing up in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Michelle's childhood was surrounded by animals, both wild and tame. She was fascinated by a neighbouring dairy farmer who looked after abandoned or injured sugar gliders and feathertail gliders, returning them to the bush whenever possible.
Since then, Michelle has travelled extensively through Europe, North America and Australia which has greatly influenced her appreciation of the natural world and our unique Australian wildlife.
Michelle is a teacher, has illustrated music books, painted numerous murals in private homes and in schools as Artist-in-Residence, and has worked as a dance teacher and calligrapher. She also enjoys the connection with people and their animals by painting portraits.
Michelle supports a number of conservation organisations including the World Wildlife Fund, Save the Bilby Fund, Wildlife Warriors, the Wildlife Preservation Society and the RSPCA. With her art, she hopes to connect with the viewer emotively, touching a memory or perhaps providing a glimpse into the beauty of wildlife and the natural world.
"If, in some way, wildlife art can help create awareness of the amazing world we live in, then we have achieved some success."
With a background in drawing, Daisy Claridge is renowned for her pen and ink work of animals and birds which she depicts with exceptionally fine detail. Her passion for wildlife and love of realism combine perfectly to bring awareness and enjoyment of the natural world into people's homes.
Daisy has been successfully exhibiting since 2006 and her range of Australian fauna images are popular sellers in tourist venues. More recently Daisy has been working with colour using a variety of different mediums and techniques. This has brought a different depth and range of subjects to her wildlife studies.
A resident of the Southern Highlands of NSW, Daisy's artworks are available at many local outlets as signed, limited edition giclée prints. They are available in a variety of sizes on archival paper or canvas. Enquiries and purchases can also be made by email or through her website.
Garth has lived in Brisbane since emigrating from Britain in 2013.
His watercolour renderings of Australian Frogs are his only attempts at paintings; his artistic endeavours in the past being in illustration and cartooning. Garth is particular about only using his own field observations and photographic references of the frogs and the plants and the geology of their habitat, He endeavours never to handle his subjects, so for the sake of accuracy some anatomical detail has to be verified using other reference sources.
Garth was a police officer for 30 years with an extra specialism in wildlife crime investigating on top of his normal duties. This enabled him to give something back to wildlife for all the joy it had given him whilst studying the flora and fauna of Europe.
He has illustrated, in pen and ink, many magazine articles on wildlife, law and police subjects and has had 2 collections of cartoons published.
Garth's natural history interests are wide and include most taxa but he has a particular passion for herpetology. He says "Painting frogs helps to relieve the artistic ache that my attraction to the anuran form and habitat causes me to suffer from!"
"wildlife and art are my great passions in life.
I live and work in the Australian far north tropics. It is a truly inspirational place to paint.
My paintings depict these magnificent north Queensland landscapes, habitats and wildlife.
My home, at Mungarru Lodge Sanctuary, is shared with an amazing diversity of unique flora and fauna providing endless inspiration, interest and colour.
The wet tropics are a unique place of exceptional natural beauty and the ideal home for an artist. I live surrounded by some of the most rare, ancient and beautiful landscapes and creatures on earth, I am privileged indeed!”
Daryl usually paints in water colour but not in a traditional method; she works on water resistant canvas paper. The backgrounds are often created using an airbrush giving them an almost photographic feel and the fine detail is then painstakingly painted with a fine brush. Fine-line design works are also included in her collection as are works in acrylic, oil and charcoal.
Daryl’s award winning artwork shares the beauty and uniqueness of the native flora and fauna of the wet tropics. With her artwork, she hopes to inspire us all to care for and conserve this wonderful place for future generations.
Cassowary Award Winner 2008 Queensland wildlife artist & conservationist, Daryl Dickson was awarded the prestigious Wet Tropics Cassowary Award for Art.
Awarded in recognition of her fine art and for her work with the endangered mahogany glider, in wildlife rehabilitation, education and conservation.
The Cassowary Awards recognize outstanding service and dedication to the conservation and presentation of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Kristy-Ann’s inspiration is nature and wildlife, and in particular her passion for birds. She endeavours to share her love, bringing their brightness, playfulness and beauty into her paintings for others to enjoy.
More than just capturing a likeness of the birds she observes, Kristy-Ann wants to share the joy of special moments spent watching them. She portrays their unusual and fascinating behaviours and the beautiful places they live. Like black swans ripping green weed from the bottom of a river, pelicans preening and leaving a trail of soft feathers in the water, or small kingfishers flitting amongst the trees.
Kristy-Ann works from her own photos, as the ideas and inspiration for her paintings come from watching the birds, not just the photo. She believes a painting should tell you something more than a photo.
My life has always been dominated by a love of nature and animals in general. Also the experience of travelling extensively around Australia has left me with a love of all the colours of the many landscapes and the beauty and diversity of the creatures that live in this beautiful country.
I live in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. My view of the surrounding landscape is dominated by the tall, green shady trees and I love the majesty of these forests and appreciate the diversity of the flora and birds and creatures that they support.
Birds are my favourite subjects and I am currently working on a series of local birds. I find inspiration from observing birds whether around my home or whilst travelling. Their songs and “busyness” remind me that we all share the common task of survival. I look upon them as “companions” as they are always there, living their lives beside us and I can’t imagine a world without them.
I like to experiment with all mediums but most of my present work is in acrylics on canvas. My subjects have been chosen from my own personal encounters and photographs. In the case of birds, I generally like to paint them as close to real life size as possible and like to experiment with different backgrounds from traditional to a more abstract style depending on how I feel about the painting at the time.
My journey as a painter has led me to continue to strive to develop my skills and I find the constant learning is one of the reasons why I feel making art is so interesting.
In 2009 I completed a Diploma of Fine Art at the TAFE Noosa Campus, have exhibited in group exhibitions and won several awards including Best in Show at the Noosa Regional Gallery Taste of Art Exhibition in 2015.
As an artist my goal is to share my interpretation of the beauty and value of our Australian creatures with the viewer.
Nature is an endless source of inspiration and wonder for me. I want to tell a story, which may suggest what we yearn for, or perhaps, what could be lost to this amazing but increasing fragile world.
Art is my way of being creative and becoming lost in that world I have created. My preferred medium is pastel, but I also enjoy working with ink, pencil, acrylic and oils, whichever I believe “suits” the current work in progress.
As an artist I love to travel and am inspired by new places and new creatures. However, more and more lately, I have learned to appreciate and truly see and record the beauty and the wonderful wildlife in our own back yard and in the close lake side and bay side areas. Nature is all around us. We need only to pause and enjoy.
I recently joined the great Redcliffe Art Society Inc. as an exhibiting member, and my art and cards can be found in the Gallery Shop. I am also an exhibiting member (since 2001) of the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc., and Nature in the Raw, a group of wildlife and botanical artists, which promotes our beautiful Australian flora and fauna through art exhibitions in private and regional Galleries
Australian Wildlife & Landscape Artist
Janeen V Fedrick
Jill has had a love of Australian landscapes, flora and fauna since arriving here from England as a nine-year-old, but rarely expressed this love through art until she retired from her teaching career. Her largely self-taught artwork is, for her, a way of deepening her understanding of and honouring the natural world, and sharing her love for it with others.
She works with a variety of artistic media, including pastels, acrylics, coloured pencils and scratchboard, enjoying experimenting with different techniques and constantly learning. The images she creates are based on hours upon hours of observation, coupled with an intense sense of connection with her subjects and the photographic records she makes during her excursions to the bush, beach and other places.
Since the very first year of serious engagement with art as a hobby, Jill has been a regular finalist and award-winner in local shows. Her awards include a First Prize in Caldera Art (an annual event in the Tweed district which promotes local biodiversity), being short-listed in a WetlandCare National Art and Photography Competition, and a QWASI People’s Choice award. Her work is now housed both interstate and overseas.
Oscar is a self taught artist working mainly in oils or acrylic. Oscar painted part time for the first 15 years of his adult life. He then took a long break to run his building business. He picked up the brush again in January this year. Now settled and living with his wife in the mountains of the Great Divide.
Surrounded by wildlife, inspiration is at the front door. Living low impact for the original residents they have had to develop a space sharing attitude. For example in summer the sheds have wallaby residents and under the house is home to a mob of grey kangaroos avoiding the sun.
He finds Australian wildlife is so beautiful that his art is more about getting in touch with the character of the subject than on producing a pretty picture.
Amber is a self-taught artist who began drawing and painting during high school in her home town of Tolga, in Far North Queensland. During her years in school she was a regular entrant in the local shows & exhibitions receiving first place and champion art exhibitioner of a number of shows.
As a result of her achievements Amber received a bursary to attend an arts degree, however within 12 months she transferred to pursue her other aspiration in life, to be a veterinarian.
Amber’s profession as a wildlife veterinarian has seen her visit many places around the world and spent more than 10 years working at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital treating thousands of native animals. Over the past 18 years, during her study years and working life, Amber’s art took a back seat, virtually ceasing, whilst she pursued her professional career, as well as embarking on a PhD.
In early 2016 however, during a stint of long service leave to complete her PhD, Amber’s creative side resurfaced and her recent drawings reflect her career as a wildlife veterinarian. Most of Amber’s recent subjects are native Australian animals that she has either personally treated during her time as a vet, or has viewed as part of her research career. Other subjects include some of the African species she worked with during a period of time where she lived in South Africa.
Although her career as an artist is only in its infancy, Amber hopes to achieve similar success in her pursuit to educate people on the plight of our native fauna through her drawings as she has in her veterinary career.
To view more of Amber’s works, commission a piece of artwork and hear more about her animal subjects, see her website and facebook page:
Christelle is a wildlife artist who works mostly in watercolour. She prefers to paint the wildlife of Africa, because that’s where she grew up and she knows the animals. She visited National Parks in the southern parts of Africa every year since childhood.
Christelle lives in Australia now and works from the many photos that she and her family took on their annual trips. It gives her great pleasure to connect to her memories of the African animals through her paintings.
Laura is a wildlife artist, wildlife researcher and veterinarian passionate about the conservation of biodiversity. Painting has always been a means to express and share her love for the beauty of nature. In particular, she is interested in raising awareness about the plight of many of the less 'enigmatic' wildlife species. Paintings are composed from her own photographic source material, and she uses highly detailed illustrative ink and watercolour techniques. Laura is currently doing her PhD on the devastating fungal disease, chytridiomycosis, which is threatening frogs worldwide.
Laura is a signature member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation and is also a member of the following professional societies: International Wildlife Disease Association, The Wildlife Society, Australian Wildlife Health Network, The Ecological Society of Australia, Wilderness Preservation Society of Australia, Australian Veterinary Association, Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service of New South Wales (WIRES).
She hopes that through her art and research she might raise public awareness about the precarious precipice upon which humanity now finds itself - the world is currently experiencing the worst biodiversity crisis in 65 million years, and this time it is anthropogenic.
Laura is committed to conservation action and donates 50% from the sale of any original artworks to conservation organizations. Proceeds from the sale of cards and prints (lauragrogan.redbubble.com) go towards supporting research on management strategies for frog population recovery.
Jenny has always been enthusiastic about painting wildlife, but produced only a low volume of work until being introduced to soft pastels in 2014, by her daughter, Laura. She found that working in pastels came naturally to her and her painting became much freer than ever before. Now she undertakes regular camping trips to National Parks with her husband and daughter to take photos to use as references for new works.
Jenny has always had a great concern for wildlife, and completed a science degree (with a major in zoology) in her twenties. Now that her husband has retired they are focusing on returning their three acre property on the far north coast of NSW, back to rainforest to act as a haven for wildlife.
Art has always been a part of Fiona and after moving to Queensland a while ago she got to pursue it further. Fiona ompleted a Certificate II Visual Arts and following that, a Diploma of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) and then a Fine Arts Degree with Curtin University. During this time she had the opportunity to exhibit and sell work through a variety of regional shows plus local and overseas galleries.
Fiona was Curator and manger of Yandina Historic House Gallery and was involved in art programs for children in an assortment of festivals and workshops. It is all these artistic opportunities that have helped her gain a better understanding of art making, giving her the direction and inspiration she needed.
“ My motivation to paint comes from a need to convey what I see through the camera lens .Animal life and the natural world provide me with an unending source of ideas for my art and from this a chance to experiment and evolve as an Artist. “
After commencing art lessons in 1995 Gail soon developed an interest in painting wildlife. She now devotes much of her time to capturing Australia’s beautiful native birds in pastel, charcoal, acrylic and watercolour. She gains much of her inspiration from the sea and shore birds around the Brisbane bayside area where she lives.
With the completion of Cert IV in Assessment and Workplace Training in 2003 Gail commenced her own art classes and in 2007 moved into her teaching studio in Wynnum. A Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia, Gail is now sought after to conduct workshops in pastel - her favourite medium. See under Workshops for details of her classes.
She was invited by Australia Zoo to create awareness of native flora and fauna found in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, Cape York, with a solo exhibition on Steve Irwin Day, November 2008. Gail believes that wildlife art is not only about the art – she hopes her paintings will encourage others to give thought to wildlife and the environment and to believe that the natural world is precious and worth preserving.
Esther considers herself fortunate to grow up with both her parents and both grandfathers sharing their passion for art and painting. She has been drawing for most of her life. Esther started watercolour painting in 2009. She finds painting great relaxation therapy at the end of a busy workday. It combines her love of art, photography, natural history and bird watching. Esther is a Veterinarian who has a business in acupuncture and physical therapies for small animals.
Esther is grateful to her teachers Shirley Charlton, Gillian Rankin and Maria Field for teaching her watercolour painting techniques with such passion and each with their own style.
She particularly loves utilising the granulation properties of watercolour paints and watching paintings come alive. Esther enjoys painting owls, other birds and wildlife best.
Esther has exhibited with the Watercolour Society of Qld, the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society, Brookfield Show, Blue Room Cinebar in Rosalie and Old Schoolhouse Gallery in Cleveland. Esther received 3rd place in the Watercolour section of the Brookfield Show for her painting called “Waratah and Noisy Friar bird” in 2015. In 2016 Esther received a Highly Commended Award at the QWASI “International Nature in Art” Exhibition at Logan Art Gallery for her watercolour painting of two barking owls.
In 2015 Esther started Scratchboard art lessons with the talented wildlife artist Sandra Temple. Esther has quickly become very addicted to this new medium. It is so beautiful to work with and gives such beautiful precise detail to her favourite wildlife subjects.
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I had a mix of city and country childhood, with my fondness memories of running around on the backs of Stradroke island, exploring and collecting many objects and fishing with my family. While i can remember always having paper and pen in my hand it was not until my adult hood that a interest in the fine arts developed. I enjoy paintings a variety of subjects, but Australian Flora and Fauna are my main passions.
During my time as a volunteer wildlife i meet some amazing wildlife carer and vets and my knowledge of our local wildlife habitats increased. At the same time i started art classes with Philip Farley and my interest in painting Australian Wildlife was furthered fuelled.
With starting my family, i gave up my wildlife rescue and decided to further my interest of local fauna and flora through my paintings. I enjoy painting in a variety of mediums, Acrylic and Pastel been my main medium of choice. However i am constantly exploring different mediums and surfaces, attending a variety of workshops to develop my stills and learn from some amazing and passionate artist.
Margaret is an Australian artist who has been living in Asia for over two decades (Nepal, Laos, Thailand and Singapore). Being married to a conservation scientist, she has had many opportunities to travel and experience a diversity of landscapes, habitats, and cultures. This has allowed her to indulge her other great interest – photography – and her photos often provide the inspiration and starting points for many of her paintings. She is primarily an oil-on-canvas artist, but occasionally enjoys working in acrylics and pastel, and enjoys painting a range of subject matter.
Four years ago she became aware of the amphibian extinction crisis facing the planet. "I want my frog paintings to help address this extinction crisis, by raising awareness and funds for conservation actions." Most of Margaret's paintings depict frogs in human settings to symbolise the direct connection between them; man as both the source of the problem and, ultimately, the solution.
Margaret is a member of the international Artists for Conservation group, the International Guild of Realism and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, and a member of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Some of her work can also be seen on the Amphibian Ark conservation website.
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Bev studied Art at Secondary school, drama at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, and later acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Queensland in Language and Literature. She is passionate about her art and the environment, and has chosen Wildlife and Botanical Art as her subjects.
"We are blessed in this country to have such unique animals and plants, and the intricate structure and aesthetic perfection of our native species inspires me to take a voyage of discovery into their unique world. With climate change and habitat fragmentation through unrealistic clearing of native vegetation, I believe the mission of the botanical and wildlife artist is to record a moment in time in the short lives of these unique species for future generations to enjoy."
Peggy Korte studied under the late John Spies. Living in the bush has provided her with unlimited inspiration, while becoming a wildlife carer has allowed close up and personal studies of Australia's unique fauna.
Constantly challenging herself, Peggy has recently been trying out new mediums and techniques but her subjects remain our native animals.
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Jan has been learning the techniques of coloured pencil painting for the last 3 years. This medium suits her style of artwork as she likes her work to be neat with rich, clean colours.
She is inspired by the beauty of creation and is especially drawn to brightly coloured birds and flowers. She is now staring to explore the endless possibilities of mixing other media with coloured pencil.
an Lowe is a Realist Artist, who specialists in Animals, Wildlife and Nature.
My subjects are just that, they are from my photography or from my encounters in the field “en plein air”, no tracing or the use of projectors to capture the exact subject, my works is from freehand so at times a little quirky! My subject comes from how I feel about the animal or place, it’s from my heart; when drawing my subjects, if not drawing from plein air, feel their presence, hear them breath, the unique smell, the nervousness, the environment, the telling breeze, or a storm brewing, the heat or the coolness of the day, and the curiosity the creature has of its surroundings.
I am so close to my subject, I feel it’s slight tremble as the outline emerges onto my canvas or scratchboard. The softness, and the form that is rising under my light strokes, drawing the very essence of the animal, its soul, energy, and beauty. I feel privileged to be part of their world.
Natasha is a very talented young artist. She has worked hard to develop her skills, beginning with art lessons at the age of 11, a practice which she continues to this day. Strongly encouraged by her parents to pursue her art, Natasha has developed an interest in graphite, coloured pencil and ink as her preferred mediums while choosing to focus particularly on wildlife for her subjects. Australian birds and African wildlife are an area of fascination, and Natasha hopes to spend a significant amount of time developing her skills further - a pursuit which her school supports.
As a secondary student, Natasha is aware that she has much yet to learn but feels she also has much to offer the world through her artworks.
"Coloured pencils and drawing have always been my passion. I cannot imagine life without a pencil in my hand, and I just love beautiful drawings."
Janet (Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF.) is a multi-award winning artist exhibiting regularly in Australia and overseas. She has completed commissions for Australia Post, with stamp images and has work in the "Focus on Nature" permanent collection of the New York State Museum. Janet is a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.
Janet has been working with pencil for all her life, specialising in the medium and promoting her passion for Drawing and Pencil Painting. Janet has an individual style of combining coloured pencil and graphite, which has been described as "weaving magic with pencil". Each work is a combination of both mediums, some with a lot of colour and others being greylead with a touch of colour in the focal area; creating an alive, unique and appealing subject.
Janet's work is full of beautiful detail, are always of a high standard and reflect her own personality, humour and life experiences. Animals and Birds are her focus, especially native Australian creatures. Her works have won many awards, are held in high acclaim and have justifiably placed her in the forefront of artists using her chosen medium. She shares her eperience and knowledge by running specialised workshops in colour pencil all over Australia, as well as classes from her studio in Narre Warren North, Victoria.
Chris McClelland is famous for his unique, fine and intricate pencil drawings of African and Australian wildlife. He spends hours studying his subjects in their natural habitat, observing their movements, and noting the interactions between predator and prey. He uses sketches, photographs, video footage and his own well-honed powers of observation as reference to accurately portray the behaviour and anatomy of his animals. He draws them with such fine detail that each of his drawings can take up to 300 hours.
Chris is now receiving many awards in Australia for his extraordinary detailed wildlife drawings using of graphite and coloured pencils. The opening of the Chris McClelland Gallery at 84 Lachlan Street in Hay is attracting a large number of visitors to view his wonderful drawings and observe him drawing.
Cathy is a Signature Member, Artist for Conversation and the International Guild of Realism. She paints all subjects in all mediums but specializes in Australian birds and wildlife with her ‘Tapdancers’ proving very popular among her collectors. A professional artist, Cathy has been painting wildlife, landscapes and domestic animals for many years and shares her knowledge openly as an art tutor holding weekly lessons in Toowoomba.
Cathy has received many National and International awards and is honored to be a member of AGRA, WASA & QWASI. Cathy’s ancestors were loggers and bullock team drovers on the Bunya Mountains cutting down the rain forest for their survival and now she paints the wildlife and landscapes to help protect and bring awareness to them worldwide. How times have changed! For more information visit her website.
Marlene is a Rockhampton artist with a rural background and her love for our country is reflected in her work; specializing in wildlife, animal portraits and landscapes.
Marlene has formal training with a Diploma in Complete Commercial Art & Graphic Design. She has also participated in many and varied Art Workshops to expand her knowledge and skills. Marlene has won various awards and exhibited solely and in Art Society exhibitions. Currently Marlene produces drawings & paintings for commissions, exhibitions and competitions, along with teaching drawing & pastels.
Marlene’s work may be viewed on her website, facebook page, or by contacting Marlene.
The Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc.
The Pastel Society of Australia
Flying Arts Alliance.
Phone 0419 647064
Nadya was born in Moscow, Russia, grew up in Atlantic Canada, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia.
Animal inspiration was easy to find from an early age, growing up surrounded by rescued animals - from domestic cats and dogs, to exotic creatures such as a pair of rescued Chinese Pangolins. Nadya's childhood dream was to become a Biologist like her mother, but her interest developed not just in the scientific study of nature, but in the artistic and creative side. She completed her studies focusing on illustration and photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) in Canada, before moving to Australia.
Nadya is passionate about wildlife from all corners of the world, and a percentage of all artworks and prints sold goes to animal charities.
"I love watching wildlife for that one perfect moment, and waiting, observing their behaviour and wild, natural beauty. How animals interact with each other is absolutely fascinating to me. I have watched African elephants at a waterhole for hours on end, and met a wild echidna in the Australian rainforest.
I enjoy using watercolours with pen and ink, to create delicate and detailed pieces from my experiences of being with nature, seeing animals and living creatures. Painting from my own reference photographs lets me not only study an animal from all angles, but also strive to portray the personality of an animal, their unique quirks and expressions."
Minjung has participated and is involved in a variety of organizations.
2010 Royal Queensland Art Society member peter’s life drawing class
2014 Brisbane institute of Art Botanical art Course from Shipra Shah
2014- 2015 BASQ (botanical Artist’s Society of Queensland)
Margaret Hastie Botanic course and Painting course, Anne Hayes, Kay
Sillivan, Elaine Allison workshop.
2016 BASA(Botanical Art Society of Australia) Member
Gillian Rankin Art group and workshops
Lynda Young’s St Catherine Art Group Member
Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Garden Member
Korea Botanical Arts Cooperative member in Seoul
Queensland Wildlife Artists Society member
Art West Community Gallery Member
2014 BIA Exhibition
2014 Gold Coast Art Show
2014 RQAS Exhibition in Gold Coast
2014 BASQ Floressence Exhibition
2015 BASQ Floressence Exhibition
2016 Korea Botanical Art Cooperative Exhibition in Seoul
2016 BASA Flora Exhibition (The Art and Science of the plant) in Sydney
2016 BASQ Exhibition in Mt Coot-tha Flower show
2016 KBAC exhibition in Sungnam garden show Korea
Angela Parr resides in the beach side town of Ballina on the Far North Coast of New South Wales. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education, Certificate in Graphic Design and Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. Her extensive background in a plethora of occupations and interests have combined to create a multi-faceted person, with a balanced perspective on life. Angela’s artwork reflects her life.
Passionate about animals and wildlife, both African and Australian Native animals feature strongly in Angela’s work, as do all things natural. She travels often to gather material for her art, and to do charity work in both Australia and Africa. In 2014 she traveled on a camel safari, along with her beloved Red Heeler Ruby, for three months through the outback, raising funds for Swags for Homeless people. She has also held Art Auctions to raise funds for orphanages around the world.
Angela works in pastels, acrylics, watercolours, inks, graphite and coloured pencils and she is always experimenting and refining her craft. She sells originals and prints, and will work to commission.
Owen is a self–taught Artist who has been painting for 16 years and particularly enjoys capturing on canvas the wildlife of North Queensland.
He has lived in Atherton for 14years having moved there from Redland Bay where he grew up.
His portfolio generally includes some nostalgic, historical perspectives of rural life along with the wildlife of North Queensland from the coast to the rainforest and the Savannah.
Owen paints to capture the detail of the wildlife in North Queensland and also the spirit of the historical environment through images that are based on realism. His hand painted and air-brushed images convey the natural beauty of the Australian Wildlife, environment and the qualities of the light in both the outback and the rainforest. Owen also has reproductions of his work on canvas and fine art paper. Owen started painting in Oils but has since changed to acrylics.His work hangs in homes and offices around Australia plus collections overseas.
Judith spent the first years of her life on a dairy farm in Somerset England, before her family migrated to Australia and settled on a farm in Toowoomba, Qld. Surrounded by nature, as a child growing up, she became aware of "the rhythm of life", the changing of the seasons, the unpredictable weather patterns, and our affinity with all animal life. This instilled in her a deep and abiding respect for "Mother Nature" in all her powerful, mysterious and complex forms. This has been an enduring source of inspiration for her paintings.
Trained as an Art teacher at Kelvin Grove Teacher's College, Brisbane, Judith spent successful years working as a textile designer in Melbourne's fashion industry, using bird, animal and wildflower motifs in many of her designs.
Judith uses gouache on paper, acrylics on canvas or board, and lately has started experimenting in oils.
She welcomes commissions, including illustrative work for books, scientific journals etc., and pet portraits set in an environment which reflects the character and unique personality of the animal.
Born in Brisbane, Australia, I spent the first twelve years of my childhood in the mining town of Mount Isa, North Queensland.
In 1966 our family migrated to South Africa where I attended school. The schools that I attended did not have Art as a subject so I sketched as a hobby.
After leaving school I did very little art. I trained and practiced as a mechanical design draughtsman. Having lived in South Africa for 33 years, in 1999 I returned to Australia with my wife, daughter and son and settled in Brisbane.
I started painting in 2006 when my Daughter gave me a set of oil paints as a gift.
I am self taught through trial and error, reading art magazines and manuals on "how to....", and going to art galleries.
I enjoy painting wildlife as I have always been a nature lover and an outdoor person. In South Africa we lived a two and half hour car journey from the Kruger National Park and visited there at least twice a year. In 2007 and 2009 I returned to the Kruger National Park where I photographed flora and everything that moved as reference material.
Andy works with two distinct approaches to subject matter. The first one involves painting an opportunistic wildlife encounter... a fleeting scene, usually full of vitality and movement. Having experienced these 'magic moments' himself out in the field, he then relies on wildlife photographers who have captured something similar on film, to assist with the detail.
The second approach is to paint a focused portrait or 'study', an eye-to-eye connection with the subject. The artwork is firmly about the subject matter, not distracted by styles, interpretation or opinions. "I don't presume to mess around with it... just try to do justice to the way nature intended. Sometimes I just paint the subject larger than life."
Garry is a self taught artist working almost exclusively in graphite. He has always been passionate about preserving Australian flora and fauna and representing it in photorealistic drawings is just another part of that passion. Working from reference photographs and life these drawings can take him many hours to complete.
Even in childhood Nola was always interested in botany, animals - particularly birds, and in painting, but it was only recently after a successful career in education that she incorporated these into wildlife and botanical art. Through her love of gardening, bush walking and observing native wildlife she is inspired to capture a moment in time of the living world tin art. "It is the colour and fine detail that I always admire, and I quite like the clarity and precision that is needed in this form of art & illustration."
Living in the Tenterfield area, Nola is able to specialise in exotic plants for cool climates and the native plants of the Northern Tablelands and Granite belt, Birds that are attracted to her extensive garden also become subjects. By focusing on botanical and wildlife art Nola has become more observant and aware. She prefers to work in watercolour, graphite and colour pencil, where fine detail can be added to display the essence of each living species.
Recently her interest has included a return to post graduate study in natural resources. She is a member of the Queensland Botanical Artists' Society, Queensland Wildlife Artists’ Society and Borderline Artist’s Society.
Peter Slater has been painting Australian birds for more than sixty years, and has painted every species at least four times. His favourites are birds of prey, especially falcons and eagles, and desert birds. He subscribes to the dictum of famous wildlife artist Joseph Wolf who wrote: 'One only understands what one knows thoroughly', and to that end has extensively studied all but six Australian birds in the field, often living in out-of-the-way places to be close to the subjects he admires so much.
Each year he spends at least a month in the deserts, chasing such elusive subjects as grasswrens, quail-thrushes, Grey and Black Falcons, as well as more common species like parrots, chats and woodswallows. For many years he spent part of each summer in rainforests on Cape York. Most of his paintings are done in acrylic on canvas boards, but he also uses watercolour, oils and pastel.
As a child growing up in "Constable Country" in the UK, pencils, paper and paints were never far away for Di but as life changed and emigration to Australia took place later in life, they faded out in favour of settling a new life. Breeding and riding horses then took over for many years.
Now, as a "Senior Citizen" Di has found as one chapter closes another one opens and the wonderful world of wildlife art has come to the fore.
With huge encouragement and help from her teacher – Sandra Temple – a whole 'new' world has opened up and the pencils are in full swing once again in her life. Di loves the fine detail of the wildlife and also does some domestic pet portraiture.
Trying out different techniques with coloured pencils and scratchboard is very exciting as is taking her own photos with other members on group trips.
Sandra is the Australian Ambassador for Faber-Castell Pty Ltd. She is a signature member of the prestigious Artists for Conservation and paints all subjects in all mediums, but specializes in threatened and endangered species.
A professional artist, Sandra has been painting wildlife and domestic animals for over 25 years and shares her knowledge openly as a an art tutor holding classes and workshops regularly throughout the year. She is a popular tutor in Australia and overseas,an airbrush instructor and the founder of the Qld Body Artists Society, a children's book illustrator of over 15 books, and an author.
Sandra has received many National and International awards and is a member of a lot of conservation and environmental groups,donating paintings and prints for fundraising events to many of them.
For more information visit her website.
A mixture of pottery and sculpture, startling realism, a vibrancy of colour and humorous fantasy -- all characterize the work of Gold Coast sculptor Merridy Webster. Originally from California, Merridy migrated to Australia (her mother's homeland) in 1978 with her family.
Greatly influenced by nature, she promotes an appreciation of native wildlife and of the island continent's natural beauty. Her work is held in many private collections and galleries throughout Australia.
Linda absolutely loves to draw. She will use different drawing mediums to create final pieces of art, rather than as a preliminary study for an oil or watercolour. Her preferred subject matter is nature and wildlife studies, often with a slight twist in concept. Her sensitive handling of line and tone is expressed in delicate renderings of the subjects fur and textures.. Linda's love of the medium and subject is evident in her works of beautifully drawn native animals and nature studies.
As she says: "Drawing is my first love and I cannot remember a single day of my life when I have not drawn something. Graphite pencil is my preferred medium, but I also enjoy working with a limited colour pencil palette and have now embraced pastel work. A simple line can express so much, and with a it you can capture the essence of a landscape, the structure of a building the mood of a still life or the personality and character of any animal, from a mouse to a lion. Drawing is a constant joy."
Linda's work is currently on display at selected galleries throughout Australia and may also be viewed on her personal gallery website.
Colleen works in a number of mediums, including watercolour, graphite, oils, and etching. Her preferred medium by far is watercolour. Most works are detailed studies of the natural world.
A great deal of inspiration is sourced from the bushland that surrounds her home. She feels privileged to live where she lives, on the edge of the Werrikimbee Wilderness - a World Heritage listed area.
She is captivated by the animals and plants she encounters in her ramblings. It is hoped that through these close studies, The viewer may be drawn into thinking of broader ecological questions, and be held in awe of the natural world as she is.
Gary likes to think of his art as one continuing mural depicting a never ending story of wildlife scenarios. "I feel more connected to my paintings when I am actually portraying a wild habitat surrounding my chosen subject matter. I get a lot of inspiration from my local rugged wilderness, which for me is very fortunate for my research into various forms of wildlife."
Using an earthly colour pallet allows him to visualize a unique perspective similar to that of animals which see colour in restricted vision. It is this methodology which draws an audience into the depth of his work creating 'eye contact'.
"I like painting wildlife simply because it is challenging, and requires a personal discipline. The pungent smells of trees and ground are my sentinels which trigger my artistic senses, an idea comes to mind just by being near something wild and natural. It is this feeling that drives my inspiration creating an image in my mind before pencil and brush touchesa blank canvas."
Travel is another important component of his inspiration, going places and seeing and smelling the natural contours of landscapes inspires abundant ideas. A cache of references stored in memories and on film which can be dwelled upon as the need arises. Observing wildlife and fauna in their natural habitat is vital evidence for his compositions allowing realism to flourish.
Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery
10th March - 10th may 2017
30th October - November 5th 2017
Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong
QWASI at The Old Schoolhouse Gallery
You can always find some wildlife artworks at The Old School House Gallery, Shore Street North, Cleveland (just past the Grand View Hotel). Along with other styles.
Entry is free and off street parking is available.
New works are hung each month to keep the display interesting and vibrant! There are cards, small matted prints, jewellery and sculptures also displayed.
Come visit us and don't forget to leave your comments in the book.
Gallery hours are Friday - Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Qld State Library, Southbank
All are welcome.
General meetings will be held on
Sunday 28th May
2pm, meeting Room 3D, please meet at foyer entrance
Count Andreas & Countess Virginia von Faber-Castell