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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.
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 29th January 2017, 2pm
Meeting room 2D, Level 2
General Metting and AGM
Sunday 26th March 2017, 2pm
Meeting room 2D, Level 2
Count Andreas & Countess Virginia von Faber-Castell