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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. “
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