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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!"
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