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Gail Higgins

Life Member 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.

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Esther Horton

Exhibiting Artist

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.

Email: esther.horton@hotmail.com
Link to Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/EstherArtPage/

Annelise Howes

Exhibiting Artist

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Cathy Howie

Exhibiting Artist

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.

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Queensland Wildlife Artist's Society Inc.

Australian Wildlife Exhibition

30th October - 5th November 2017
Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong


International Wildife Exhibiton

16th March 2018 - 28th April 2017

Logan Art Gallery, Queensland



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 24th September 2017

2pm, meeting Room 3D






Count Andreas & Countess Virginia von Faber-Castell

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