Artist Name: Ulla Abildgaard Season: Seven | Medium: Acrylic
Ulla’s artwork explores the smoothness of pastels, revealing a peaceful softness and almost dreamy energy. Each piece contains the endless possibilities of using multitude layers of vibrant acrylic on canvas. Utilising this style, Ulla achieves a sense of realism and rawness.
Artist Name: David Alldridge Season: Eighteen | Medium: Pastel
David Alldridge was born in Melbourne in 1968, and now lives in Yinnar South in Gippsland. He is self-taught in pencil art and has been capturing the details of Australian wildlife in pencil since he first learned to draw. A workshop in 2011 unleashed a dormant pastel monster.
Artist Name: John Anderson Season: Five | Medium: Acrylic
Working across a number of mediums; ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and painting – John Anderson's style is deliberately direct, his brush strokes loose and his palette a plethora of natural hues. John’s artwork has an honest style and his approach manifests in a naive acceptance of Australia’s bird and flora species.
Artist Name: Rhonda Armistead Season: Thirteen | Medium: Oil
Rhonda Armistead is a contemporary artist from Lismore in the Northern Rivers NSW Australia. Mediums included Oils on Canvas, Fine Line Pen Drawings, Sketches in Pencil and Charcoal, Reduction Plate Lino Prints,and Etchings on Acrylic Plates. Her Paintings include Portraits, Landscapes, and Contemporary Abstract Pieces.
Artist Name: Frank (Francois) Arnold Season: Seventeen | Medium: Mixed Media
A Canberran through and through, Frank Arnold opened the first Design Studio in Canberra in 1979 offering services in Architecture and Graphic Design. It was known as ‘the sheltered workshop for the creatively insane’. Frank’s painting style is a release from the constraints of Graphic Design and Architecture although his sense of composition still remains.
Artist Name: Keelan Ashton-Bell Season: Nineteen | Medium: Acrylic
Killustrate is the works of Melbourne artist Keelan Ashton-Bell. Who has dubbed his style and subject matter as being a “PORTRATE-IST”. specialising in portraits from your favourite Movie star, sportsmen and family portraits, kids and animals, giving his own unique twist and style with subtle hints of colour to bring the painting to life from the board its painted on.
Artist Name: Graham Austin Season: Seventeen | Medium: Acrylic
Graham Austin OAM started painting elevated views and discovered working from photographs was generally quite inhibiting. The camera doesn’t capture the soul of the landscape and it ignores that emanating spirit whereas, memory and imagination does.
Artist Name: Max Baccanello Season: Seventeen | Medium: Oil
Max Baccanello finished studying at Charles H Cecil Studio in Florence Italy in 2010. Here Max’s tuition was focusedon academic portraiture in hte lineage of traditional representational art and sight size technique. In 2006 Max Baccanello attended a foundation course in fine art at Chelsea Collage of Art and Design at the University of Arts London, after graduating from Shrewsbury School, Where he was awarded the art scholarship.
Artist Name: Uma Barry Season: Ten | Medium: Oil
Uma Barry is a self-taught artist specializing in oil paintings. Her work has become an irreplaceable part of her life. Inspired by her parents, she began her career in Fine Arts in Fiji at the age of 15. Obtaining conventional paints in Fiji was difficult at the time, so Uma's early pieces of work (figurative paintings of Indian mythology and folklore) were made with Dulux house paints. After finishing high school, Uma painted while working full-time in a law firm for a couple of years. She moved to Australia after her wedding in 1983.
Artist Name: Vivienne Bashford Season: Nineteen | Medium: Glass
Vivienne Bashford’s work reflects experiences that have touched her life and those close to and around her. Kiln fired glass is Vivienne’s passion. Its mystery and translucency constantly challenge her desire to portray in visual story form the life experiences of those around her.
Amelia has been a practising visual artist for more than 20 years and now owns and runs a small Art House Gallery in the Northern NSW Region. Amelia is a multi-platform artist with skills based in the mediums of paint, paper, recycling and wire and metal based sculpture, organic sculpture, photography and community art projects. This episode features Amelia painting one of her expressionist fantasy works using acrylic paints.
Artist Name: Barbara Beasley-Southgate Season: Eight | Medium: Pastel
Although guided and influenced by several well-known Australian Artists, Barbara is basically self-taught. Her expertise has developed over four decades, and although retired from teaching these days, she was an established and well-respected teacher in both oils and pastels for many years.
Artist Name: Kym Beaton Season: Sixteen | Medium: Pastel
Kym Beaton began painting seriously in 2001 while raising a young family. This became her ‘window of sanity’ where she made sense of her world through the calming routine of applying colour to a surface. Landscapes, portraits, life drawing – it was all fodder for her brush.
Artist Name: Dave Behrens Season: Two | Medium: Acrylic
Inspired by the vast universe, the limitless histories of the ancients and the yet to be told tales of the futurists, Dave creates art that encourages the viewer to be drawn in to explore the unlimited potential of their own imagination.
Artist Name: R. Geoffrey Blackburn Season: Eighteen | Medium: Acrylic
Working and living in canyon country, R. Geoffrey Blackburn was totally captivated by the amazing red rock vistas around Moab. He was concurrently doing photo studies and sketches of the scenes he encountered prospecting in the area. When he returned to Salt Lake City, he turned many of these studies and sketches into paintings- a practice he continues to this day.
Artist Name: Sandra Blackburne Season: Thirteen | Medium: Acrylic
Sandra Blackburne trained as an illustrator and graphic designer before undertaking a successful career in advertising and corporate graphic communication. She graduated in design and illustration from the Queensland College of Art, and has a BA honors in Australian literature from the University of Sydney. She has painted continuously throughout her career.
Artist Name: Karen Bloomfield Season: Twenty One | Medium: Mixed Media
Karen Bloomfield currently lives on the beautiful NSW Central Coast of Australia, and works from a tiny rented studio in the bayside suburb of Killcare. Having completed her Diploma of Fine Art from the Newcastle Art School at the end of 2014, it is hard to believe this prolific artist began learning her trade at 40.
Artist Name: John Bradley Season: Eight | Medium: Oil
John is recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile artists with subject matter including but certainly not limited to Australian landscapes and seascapes, early 20th-century street scenes, night scenes, misty morning scenes, sunsets and sunrises, locomotives, aircraft and ships, Blue Mountains and figurative work.
Artist Name: Rebecca Brady Season: Three | Medium: Acrylic | Ink | Mixed Media
Society, conformity, the quest for perfection and beauty are the foundations of Rebecca's art making practice. These ideas have a direct relevance to her life and provide a reflection of the world around her in her works, colour can be seen as the symbol of vibration, an intense experience which expands the mind and creates possibilities.
Artist Name: Clair Bremner Season: Fourteen | Medium: Acrylic
Clair Bremner’s goal is to create artworks that are visually beautiful, calming and organic. Her paintings are highly decorative, however she feels they also serve as a reflection of the beauty and complexity that nature provides.
Artist Name: Anthony Breslin Season: Eight | Medium: Mixed Media
Anthony Breslin has been a powerfully original force within the Australian art scene ever since the late 90’s. Anthony has produced and delivered many large scale community and charity projects, and has painted with celebrities for fundraising outcomes such as the unique Myer windows project, that even used double glazed windows from this double glazed windows price list since they have better quality.
Artist Name: Jonathan Brier Season: Fifteen | Medium: Oil
Jonathan Brier is a Yorkshire painter living in North Wales. Johnathan Brier attended Art Foundation at York Collage under the tuition of Nathan Walsh. Jonathan is a self-taught oil Painter.
Artist Name: Cheryl Bridgart Season: Twenty One | Medium: Textile
Cheryl has been drawing, painting and stitching all her life, but she feels nothing compares to the tactile detail & distinctive surface of embroidery. She has developed her own unique technique of Freehand Machine Embroidery. Her hand moves unmarked fabric, washed cotton paper or canvas under the needle of a domestic sewing machine. Hundreds of hours hatching, crosshatching and scribbling to build up her stories in detailed images, creating space, depth and meaning.
Artist Name: Christine Broerson Season: Fifteen | Medium: Pastel
Christine Broersen has been painting for many years and doing art in one shape or form all of her life. Christine has vivid memories of drawing with chalk on a slate board or with pencil on any blank piece of paper or cardboard she could find.
Artist Name: Nicholas Broughton Season: One | Medium: Mixed Media
Artists are often obsessive about their particular discipline and none more so than Nicholas Broughton who considers a day without painting or sculpting to be incomplete. His varied background has no doubt contributed to this fascination for the vibrancy of life that he so confidently depicts in his paintings and sculptures. Nick's shows Graeme his unique style utilising bitumen and paint on a canvas.
Artist Name: Brienne Brown Season: Twenty | Medium: Watercolour
Much to her mother’s indignation, Brienne Brown owned little clothing that was not covered in paint. From a very young age, Brienne showed talent in art and music, but wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. She started her education at the University of Utah as a double major (Art and Chemistry), eventually receiving a BS in Chemistry and finishing with a Master’s degree in 2004.
Artist Name: Douglass Brown Season: Thirteen | Medium: Glass
Douglass Brown found himself at 23 young traveling in Europe, living off the proceeds of a sale of a property he had owned for a short time. He had just gotten off a tall ship in Jersey and stumbled into a cafe in St Malo France that took his breathe away. Deeply carved, sand blasted glass in large format widows depicting sailing ships was too hard for him to resist. Doug studied them and promised himself he would return to the states and do this art!
Artist Name: Jacki Burke Season: Eighteen | Medium: Oil
As a Surf coast artist and educator Jacki Burke is highly regarded for her versatility as an artist by both peers and students alike. “I’m never restricted to a particular medium; I use oil paints, acrylics and pastel with equal proficiency. The canvas, medium and subject speak to me and need to be portrayed accordingly.”
Artist Name: Stephanie Burns Season: Thirteen | Medium: Acrylic
As a professional artist Stephanie Burns has won a number of awards and produced art works for seventeen solo exhibitions and over seventy group exhibitions in Britain and Australia.
Artist Name: David Calrow Season: One | Medium: Acrylic | Watercolour
David Calrow's meticulously detailed artworks are inspired by the historic pubs and abandoned buildings he has encountered on his extensive travels through the Australian Outback. His intricate renditions bring every tiny detail to life and his understanding of light and shade invite the viewer to look into the shadows where they'll find even more elements to the "story".
Artist Name: Kathleen Carrillo Season: Nineteen | Medium: Acrylic
Always amazed by the creativity, Kathleen Carrillo never takes her talents for granted and is grateful for the encouragement she was blessed with as a young girl that gave her the ability to “Create Colourful Magic.” Her work is inspired by her joy for life – artwork that evokes the fullness of life in the 21st century.
Artist Name: Malcolm Carver Season: Eight | Medium: Watercolour
Malcolm Carver, former Principal of Scott Carver Pty Ltd, is an architect and an artist. He is obsessed with watercolour painting, drawing and teaching around the world in workshops whilst travelling in search of new imagery for exhibitions and sketchbooks.
Artist Name: Alvaro Castagnet Season: Six | Medium: Watercolour
Alvaro Castagnet is one of the world’s most highly respected watercolor artists. He has been recognized with top international honors for his painting and his art graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors worldwide.
Kath draws upon her artistic knowledge of light, color, texture, shape, and composition combined with the knowledge and love of her subjects themselves, to create her art. Light can transform even the most mundane of scenes, as well as that which is already beautiful, into something magical. Kath endeavors to capture moments like this in her artwork, in her style, and the essence of life in the wildlife she paints.
Artist Name: Ilia Chidzey Season: Two | Medium: Pencil
Ilia is an Artist who loves the freedom of life drawing and shape and curve. Her dynamic pastel studies of the human form reflect also her love of colour and the use of the line. To watch her work is to be mesmerized as she glides over the surface she works on.
Artist Name: Keith Chidzey Season: Seventeen | Medium: Sculpture
The land, its interpretation, and issues surrounding its usage and intervention have been a recurring theme throughout Keith’s work. Keith’s research centers around fire, and refinement through fire, its controllability, its significance and its aesthetic, hypnotic qualities.
Artist Name: Nancy Christy-Moore Season: Sixteen | Medium: Mixed Media
Surprise, Arizona artist, Nancy Christy-Moore, is an internationally collected, award winning painter celebrating the joy of colour, energy and movement in her contemporary abstract original mixed water media paintings.
Artist Name: Christine Clark Season: Nine | Medium: Pastel | Watercolour
A natural talent as a realist artist, Christine loves to paint and draw. For over thirty years, Christine has been painting, exhibiting, and selling her work. During the last twelve years, Christine has been working almost exclusively in Pastel, enjoying their vibrant colours and immediacy.
Artist Name: Glenise Clelland Season: Six | Medium: Oil
Glenise Clelland is a contemporary Australian artist with over 30 years of exhibiting at major art galleries and selling paintings in Australia and overseas. She is best known for landscape paintings, figurative paintings and expressive nude drawings and also paintings of the South Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Artist Name: Peter Coad Season: Eleven | Medium: Acrylic
Peter is a confident, energetic artist who uses vibrant colours for his vigorous interpretations. They capture the glowing earthy yellows and oranges of the land and mountains, the ephemeral purples, aqua and blues of the sky and lagoons and they reflect the uniqueness of the terrain, the changes of the day and seasons and one can feel he has connections and awareness of the indigenous myths and legends of the land.
Artist Name: Julie Collins Season: Five | Medium: Photography
Julie has loved the camera since she was a child, running around with a film camera in her hand. Julie is one with her cameras. She knows how they work to get the best results. She then employs Photoshop and Lightroom to give her images that ‘wow’ factor. Rather than stand there and fiddle with her camera, Julie tends to focus on capturing things as they unfold so as not to miss special moments.
Artist Name: Paul Coney Season: Nineteen | Medium: Oil
Paul Coney is a well known New Zealand Artist, he was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1957. At the age of 20 he took up pencil portraiture, but soon became fascinated with painting, especially Watercolour at this stage in his career. Since these beginnings, Paul Coney has developed into a artist who is considered to be world class.
Artist Name: Helen Cooper Season: Eight | Medium: Oil
Helen Cooper has been an artist for twenty-five years. Favoring the oil medium for the fluidity, Helen likes to paint all genres, portraits, still life, landscapes, figurative, floral and nudes. When asked about her art, Helen comments that she considers herself a ‘Tonal Impressionist’.
Artist Name: Louise Corke Season: Four | Medium: Pastel
Louise Corke is a Master Pastelist and one of the disciplines greatest teachers in Australia. She has won numerous awards over the years and her work is collected on a world wide basis. Louise considers painting a dance that is pure gestural expression, and while she dances alone, she also dances so that others can enjoy the emotions of the visual music.
Artist Name: John Cosby Season: Thirteen | Medium: Oil
As a painter John Cosby travels extensively painting what he sees and feels. Bold use of color and an energetic brush stroke combined with the truth of the place is what you will see and feel when viewing a painting by Cosby.
Artist Name: Reina Cottier Season: Fourteen | Medium: Acrylic
Right from the start Reina Cottier was drawn to painting themes strongly associated with different cultures, particularly Maori & Pacifica, along with sun, surf, nature. She found the koru was a prominent feature that emerged in almost all her paintings. It became her feature symbol in most of her artworks, along with strong ‘ocean’ themes, which evolved into oceanic creatures, especially since moving to the beach.
Artist Name: Helen Cottle Season: Fourteen | Medium: Acrylic
Helen Cottle was born in bay side Williamstown, Victoria in 1962, she is a self-taught/self-educated artist who paints in all mediums in a realist/impressionist style. Helen’s artistic life began in early childhood; she would spend many hours drawing from life always seeking new subject matter.
Artist Name: Maureen Crawford Season: Fifteen | Medium: Mixed Media
Drawn to a creative life at an early age, Maureen has been enjoying and producing art in many forms throughout her life. In her youth, a job at a photography studio and training in photo colouring at RMIT university which gave her a strong foundation as a photographer and artist.
Artist Name: Tracey Creighton Season: One | Medium: Mixed Media
Tracey Creighton is an Australian born artist who knew from a young age that all she wanted was to paint. At the age of sixteen Tracey enrolled in and completed a three-year course at the Queensland College of Art. Tracey continues to develop her style and technique, exploring the unlimited capabilities of oil, acrylic, watercolour and mixed medium, with each painting reflecting a vibrant kaleidoscope of colour.
Artist Name: John Crump Season: Seven | Medium: Oil
During the early years, John worked in the studio from sketches. However, he realised that his choice of subjects, colours, and designs were becoming repetitive and so, with encouragement from other painters, he began working ‘plein air' to catch the subtleties of colours and tones, the mood of the moment, and the variations of design ideas that are best seen on the spot.
Artist Name: Sue Curie Season: Sixteen | Medium: Watercolour
Sue Currie endeavours to convey the mood of a painting whether it be peaceful, wild, foggy, or a certain time of day. To strike a chord with the place. Sue loves the sea-side and has always lived close to it, but the contrast of mountains, lakes and rivers have always captured her eye. “Living in the South Island of New Zealand makes all of this so approachable”.
Artist Name: Anna Curtis Season: Four | Medium: Lino Print
In 1983 Anna travelled north to Mackay where she established herself as an artist and teacher. Her love of printmaking grew as she developed her own unique technique and style in reduction linoprinting. Since then, Anna has travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas. Inspired by her immediate environment and love of nature, Anna's linoprints celebrate the essence of tropical and inland Australia.
Artist Name: Gina Davey Season: Two | Medium: Oil
Gina Davey is an Artist who has a wonderful understanding of the natural world. Her attention to light and form is amazing and her dedication to presenting the creatures of the world in their natural habitats is inspiring.
Artist Name: Brigitte Dawson Season: Eighteen | Medium: Mixed Media
Mixed media artist Brigitte Dawson lives a unique life focused on creation and creative collaboration. All of her years of varied artistic training have helped Brigitte Dawson develop a unique style, which Brigitte describes as “a mix of realism and loose expression.”
Artist Name: Joy Day Season: Eleven | Medium: Wood Burning
While living at her grandmothers Joy came across a doilie holder that was created in poker work . The colours and the method fascinated her and she first tried her own version working with a hot wire heated over the stove but it lost heat quickly.
Artist Name: Caroline Deeble Season: Seventeen | Medium: Watercolour
An expressive Australian artist painting ‘contemporary nature’. Caroline Deeble’s unique style explores a variety of ways to share her love of the natural world. Often called ‘the rock artist’, her artwork has included paintings from natural water courses to ocean reefs & Australian bush scenes.
Artist Name: Scott Denholm Season: Fourteen | Medium: Acrylic
Scott Denholm is an award winning contemporary ocean artist living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Scott began painting traditional landscape scenes in 1993, age 10 and received two years of tutoring from local artists.
Artist Name: Sue Dent Season: Ten | Medium: Acrylic | Watercolour
Sue Dent has painted professionally for the past 14 years exhibiting widely in various joint and solo exhibition. A recent addition to her rural home out of Tauranga has provided Sue with a large studio and gallery in which to showcase her works. She also tutors and holds classes and workshops on a regular basis which are proving to be very popular.
Artist Name: Noula Diamantopoulos Season: Thirteen | Medium: Mosaic
In 1996 Noula Diamantopoulos began to pursue creative thinking, philosophy and psychology. This path brought Noula to the arts and a change in career. In 1998 Noula rented her first art studio and soon after began teaching classical and ancient art techniques and creating innovative thinking programs for corporations.
Artist Name: Lyn Diefenbach Season: Nine | Medium: Pastel and Oil
The pursuit of masterly quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach, whose work is imbued with a celebration of her faith and of life. Her paintings cover a myriad of subject matter, with her bold florals consistently receiving accolades nationally and internationally.
Artist Name: Ernie Dingo Season: Nine | Medium: Acrylic | Watercolour
Ernie’s other passions lie in art, being able to express himself and his journeys in life through creative means. Through painting, Ernie expresses his love for his Aboriginal culture, the memories of his people and country.
Artist Name: Els Dirickx Season: Eleven | Medium: Mixed Media
It originated March 2012. When twin grandchildren Ari and Kai, at only 3 1/2 years of age, started exploring the joys of painting on roughly cut slabs of timber. While watching them, Els noticed the effects sunshine and shadows on their brilliant wet paint colours and the interactions with the textures in the wood. It was then that she decided to progressively photograph their work.
Artist Name: Chan Dissanayake Season: Seventeen | Medium: Watercolour
Chan Dissanayake is a multi-award winning watercolour artist living in Canberra, Australia. He is a highly regarded tutor and a well-respected judge of local and regional art awards. Over the last 15 years his passion has turned to watercolour. A medium that thrives in spontaneous response and free expression.
Artist Name: Sylvia Ditchburn Season: Six | Medium: Acrylic
Essentially a plein air painter, Sylvia is widely travelled, crisscrossing Australia in search of subjects. She is well known for vibrant interpretations of north Queensland rainforests and desert landscapes in gouache and acrylic.
Artist Name: Ramey Dixon Season: Fourteen | Medium: Acrylic
Ramey Dixon's artwork is created based on a process that first starts with the feelings, emotions and my life experiences how he is able to channel them. With the application of acrylic paint in the category of Abstract Art. Ramey Dixon begins layering, blending and accenting the canvas to create contrast, depth and the doorway for the viewer to enter his world. By layering he generates distinction and dimension to arouse the imagination by applying paint in strategic locations.
Artist Name: Ken Done Season: Four | Medium: Acrylic | Oil
Working predominantly in oils and acrylic, Ken takes inspirations from diverse sources - the ebullience of the sea and sky, the transcendent emotions of a quiet garden, aboriginal art, japanese poetry, the urban shout of Sydney, where he makes his home - but the sensibility that underlies his work is uniquely his own.
Artist Name: Jamie Dougherty Season: Fourteen | Medium: Watercolour
Jamie Dougherty has been involved in the arts since her late teens. She is a self taught artist and her skills range everything from fine arts, mixed media, all the way to graphic design. Jamie has been in the crafting industry for the past ten years and is currently a Featured artist for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Princeton Artist Brushes.
Artist Name: Brian Doyle Season: One | Medium: Cartoonist
Brian Doyle is a very skilled and entertaining cartoonist who has been teaching children to draw cartoons for over 10 years. Brian progressed from drawing down the back of the classroom as a child to the East Sydney College of Art, which used to be the old Darlinghurst Gaol. He found this most ironic, studying the freedom of art in an underground dungeon. Maybe that's when he started to think like a cartoonist!
Artist Name: William Dunn Season: Eighteen | Medium: Watercolour
William Dunn trained at San Jose State University and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, now in Pasadena. He has painted throughout his career and has taught watercolor and graphic design extensively at De Anza and Foothill Colleges in Cupertino and Los Altos Hills, California, and the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA.
Artist Name: Evelyn Dunphy Season: Twenty | Medium: Watercolour
Evelyn Dunphy made art of many kinds throughout her life, including a commission for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Painting was always the thing she was “going to do one day”. Finally, Evelyn took the plunge into watercolour, and from that day onward, she has been passionate about the medium. She remembers feeling anxious that “I had waited too long, there will not be enough time to learn everything I want to know. One day I heard just as clear as a bell, ‘you have all the time you need'”. She has never looked back.
Artist Name: Yelena Dyumin Season: Four | Medium: Acrylic
Yelena Dyumin is a professional artist and art educator who has spent decades perfecting her craft and unique style with its whimsical humour, textural sensitivity and vibrant sense of colour. At the heart of Yelena’s art, and a constant source of inspiration, is her rich heritage.
Artist Name: Brigitte and Karl Eggert Season: Eleven | Medium: Art Gilding
Karl is a Master Gilder who trained as a church restorer and gilder in Cologne, Germany – Art Gilding was founded by Brigitte and Karl Eggert in 1976. According to Karl, gilding was once a secret craft that was passed on from father to son, but today he enjoys teaching students from across Australia – and the world – from their Art Gilding Academy.
Artist Name: Natalie Ellis Season: Eighteen | Medium: Resin
Natalie is a UK born artist currently living in Melbourne. In 2016 Natalie Ellis watched Judy Waters work with Resin on Colour In Your Life and was inspired to start using resin! It was exactly what she was looking for to get the effects she wanted. Natalie immediately started creating and selling resin artwork as her medium of choice around the world.
Artist Name: Nick Eggleston Season: Ten | Medium: Acrylic | Watercolour
Originally from Yorkshire, England, Nick is currently based in Tauranga after relocating to New Zealand in 2006. He graduated from Chesterfield College of Art and Design in 1981 with a distinction in Ceramics and membership to The Society of Designer Craftsmen. Awarded “Best Watercolour” in the 2008 Tauranga National Art Awards. He has also been an art tutor for 25 years in adult and youth education.
Artist Name: Madeleine Ekeblad Season: Three | Medium: Mixed Media
Madeleine lives on Macleay Island in Moreton Bay Qld. She is an active member on the Management Committee of the Brisbane Institute of Art. Madeleine opened OMSA, the Onward Motivational School for Artists October 2004 in Brisbane and is currently motivating and promoting up to 39 artists at a time.
Artist Name: Madeleine Elkin Season: Twenty One | Medium: Mixed Media
South Australia’s clear, bright skies bring out the best of nature’s colours, and it is this beauty of colour Madeleine likes to enhance and play with in her pieces in an impressionistic style working in both acrylics and oils through many genres, be it still life, landscapes or abstracts.
Artist Name: Kathy Ellem Season: Twenty Two | Medium: Oil
Kathy Ellem is a realist painter, known for her depictions of Australian rural life. Based in North East Victoria, Kathy has become well-regarded as an equestrian artist, with a passion for painting draught horses. Kathy began painting and sculpting full-time in 2009, and since this time, she has exhibited at least twice a year or more.
Artist Name: Wendy Fantasia Season: Eleven | Medium: Body Art
Wendy has been face painting since 1995 when she and a friend thought it would make for a good casual job, how hard could it be they thought? They were just dreadful, yet they thought we were fabulous! Ignorance was bliss. Wendy would like to apologise to all those kids years ago, and also to their families who they pressured into modelling for them.
Artist Name: Kylie Farrelly Season: Two | Medium: Acrylic
Kylie works mainly in acrylic, with which she incorporates a variety of media to enhance the textural outcome of her work. Her paintings invite you to feel the energy of each piece. She uses a bold colorful palette to capture the energy she draws from this vibrant young city. Her use of tone in her compositions creates a sense of depth and perspective within her work.
Artist Name: Glenn Farquhar Season: Thirteen | Medium: Acrylic
Creating and learning how to paint original artwork gave Glenn a great sense of achievement and satisfaction and he wanted to share that feeling with other aspiring artists who share a love of contemporary abstract artwork but lack the confidence to attempt their own abstract art.
Artist Name: Cheryl Findlay Season: Six | Medium: Acrylic
Cheryl has been interested in craft from a young age. She finds inspiration in her students and nature. Working mainly with acrylics, oil, watercolour, inks and scratchboard, Cheryl is able to paint on wood, concrete, metal, fabric, canvas, paper, glass, terracotta and ceramics.
Artist Name: Jennifer Fletcher Season: Fifteen | Medium: Printmaking
Jennifer Fletcher was born in the New England area of New South Wales, Australia and grew up in a landscape of broad valleys, distant mountain ranges, clear skies and an extraordinary clarity of light. Her family were on the land and in aviation and some of her earliest memories are of the world as seen from above.
Artist Name: Louise Foletta Season: Nineteen | Medium: Watercolour
Louise Foletta has been painting and exhibiting her works for many years and has accumulated a body of work that has earned awards and acclamation. Her work is a joy to look at and a great investment.
Artist Name: Carole Foster Season: Six | Medium: Acrylic
From an early age Carole showed a flair for drawing and painting and now has 30 years experience as an artist and travelled extensively, living in New Zealand, Norfolk Island, England, Finland, Holland and Germany using these and other countries as a base to travel and to collect information for paintings.
Jo Frederiks is a passionate animal rights advocate, speaking through her art to create awareness of animal cruelty. Working in varying mediums, Jo favours graphite and oil paint. Her drawings are sensitive, exquisite and beautifully detailed, showing a rare glimpse of the depth and character to each individual animal.
Artist Name: Miranda Free Season: Twenty One | Medium: Oil
As a child Miranda Free was constantly drawing and painting. Her fascination with art continued throughout my school years and it was her intention to attend an art school – that is until her final year of high school when she became hijacked by an interest in Biology. At university she studied Molecular Biology, Education and Communication and spent many years working in those fields with a focus on graphic design and desktop publishing.
Artist Name: Randall Froude Season: Nineteen | Medium: Oil
Randall Froude is an artist, tutor, and guest speaker. He is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished and successful artists with a career that has spanned over 70 years. His art has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, and has painted in 13 different countries.
Artist Name: Gayle Garner Roski Season: Sixteen | Medium: Watercolour
Watercolor, according to Gayle Garner Roski, is a “medium of magic.” With watercolor you never know exactly how it will come out, as you cannot rework what you have already done, she explains.
Artist Name: Penelope Gilbert-Ng Season: Sixteen | Medium: Oil | Pastel
Portrait artist Penelope Gilbert-Ng creates classically inspired contemporary custom oil and pastel portrait paintings for official, corporate and private commissions. Her oil portraiture brings to mind a level of craftsmanship and artistry that many believe no longer exists.
Artist Name: De Gillett Season: Five | Medium: Acrylic | Ink | Mixed Media
De's recklessly sumptuous practice is a kaleidoscope of colour, energy and motion with works running the gamut from a heightened photorealism to a joyously wild and expressionistic interpretation of Australia's tropics.
Artist Name: Julie Goldspink Season: Nine | Medium: Watercolour
Julie works in the area of traditional media but does a lot of experimenting in the area of Mixed Media, while she is probably best known for watercolours. She likes to describe herself best as a realist impressionist and doesn't like to be governed by one style, medium or subject.
Artist Name: Anne Marie Graham Season: Ten | Medium: Oil
Anne Marie has enjoyed art since childhood, becoming the youngest ever student enrolled into the RMIT Art School at the early age of fourteen. Anne Marie has had over 70 solo exhibitions in her 82 year long art career.
Artist Name: Rhonda Gray Season: Fifteen | Medium: Oil
Rhonda Gray has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember, initially taking part in various workshops throughout Victoria before studying under a local artist and completing a ‘Diploma of Visual Arts ‘in 2010. Rhonda has also travelled to Europe in 2014 to learn the skills of ‘Plein air’ painting.
Artist Name: Marie Grice Season: Fifteen | Medium: Oil
Growing up on a farm in Wanganui (NZ) and later becoming a vet nurse means that Marie Grice has been surrounded by animals all her life. But it was not until she was recovering from a serious car accident and bedridden for months that she began to paint.
Artist Name: Steve Griggs Season: Eighteen | Medium: Watercolour
It wasn’t until 2005 that Steve began to paint professionally, showing his paintings in galleries and juried art exhibitions. He currently has signature membership with Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society and Colorado Watercolor Society.
Artist Name: Fiona Groom Season: Sixteen | Medium: Acrylic
For Fiona Groom painting has been an evolutionary process, however the opportunity to paint did not present itself until the early 2000’s when she enrolled in a local Tafe course and from there a succession of completed studies ensued including Certificate II Visual Arts and Diploma of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) at Cooloola Sunshine Institute of Tafe, furthermore 2015 saw Fiona finish a Fine Arts Degree with Curtin University
Artist Name: Gillian Grove Season: Six | Medium: Pencil | Acrylic
Artable founder and teacher Gillian Grove teaches adult's drawing and children's classes. Whilst drawing is one of Gillian's passions, she is proficient in working with oils, acrylics and pastel and holds a passion for working 'plein air' (from life outdors).
Artist Name: Linda Gunn Season: Thirteen | Medium: Watercolour
An established artist of thirty plus years, Linda Gunn was taught to draw at an early age by her Disney Artist grandfather, George Drake (hired by Walt Disney in 1929 to hire and train new artists for the fledgling Disney Studio).
Artist Name: Margaret Gurney Season: Nine | Medium: Mixed Media | Oil | Watercolour
A love of drawing and painting has been a natural part of Margaret’s life from her earliest days. Her contemporary style continues to develop, emphasizing strong shapes, form and glowing, intuitive color. She is versatile, working in watercolors, oils, mixed media and drawing.
Artist Name: Lynn Gertenbach Season: Fourteen | Medium: Oil
During her nearly 40 years as a professional painter, Lynn has traveled around the world five times to paint and exhibit. She lives in the Los Angleles area (Calabasas) and continually paints from California's varied lansdscpes and seascapes which includes a love of capturing Big Sur.
Artist Name: Sandra Guy Season: Seventeen | Medium: Oil
Sandra Guy’s arts practice has, for many years, focused on examining the notion of the ‘sublime’ as it relates to her experiences of the landscapes of Regional NSW. Sandra has lived and worked in the Blue Mountains, the Snowy Mountains, the Mid-North Coast and the Northern Rivers of NSW, where she currently reside. Sandra has also found inspiration in the vast desert landscapes of Broken Hill.
Artist Name: Alison Hale Season: Seven | Medium: Oil
Alison's strong, vibrant style reflects the richness and diversity of the coast. The subjects capture the often subtle relationships between people and place: the courage and strength of the pioneer women, horses, cattle and the men that worked them, and more recently, native fish and the fragile ecosystems they inhabit.
Artist Name: Leanne Hamilton Season: Nineteen | Medium: Oil
Leanne Hamilton was born in South Africa and spent most of her childhood roaming around outside on her grandparents farm where all around as far as the eye could see was open space, mountains, trees, cattle, sheep, corn and wheat. This created a sense of vastness in the world. The world was full of possibility and wonder. The power of nature was everywhere. It was everything. This sense of the Big Beauty of the world has never left and she still tries to capture it on canvas daily.
Artist Name: Bjorn Hansen Season: Seven Medium: Photography
The concept of ‘fusion photography’ takes two previously unrelated entities and melds them together into the one synthesized photographic image. The first image represents a living entity, while the second image represents the essence or character of the first.
Artist Name: Mike Harold Season: Eight | Medium: Oil
Mike Harold is a painter from Dannevirke in the Tararua district of New Zealand. He is best known for his quirky, narrative work. In recent years Mike has exhibited three major series in this genre: ‘Kilmore and Beyond’, ‘Last Foxtrot in Mangakino’ and most recently ‘Peas and Onions for Tea’.
Artist Name: Susan Harrison-Tustain Season: Ten | Medium: Watercolour
Internationally acclaimed New Zealand watercolor and oil artist Susan Harrison-Tustain’s highly sought after work will take you on an artistic journey. Her passion for painting and for natural beauty and light allows the viewers of her work to feel part of the world she has captured. A world so life-like you can ‘smell’ the perfume of the roses, see the light as it glistens through a dew-drop or feel the nostalgic atmosphere she has created in her still life's studies of much loved, time-worn object d’art.
Artist Name: Ann Hart Season: Twenty | Medium: Watercolour
Ann Hart grew up in Pennsylvania as the youngest of 4. Ann’s mother was an avid antique collector and would take her along to auctions and her favorite shops out in the country. At that time treasures and bargains could still be found. In Ann’s family we all love and appreciate old things with character, from cars to furniture, from quilts to clocks.
Artist Name: Ashley Hay Season: Twenty Two | Medium: Mixed Media
Working in a contemporary, expressionist style Ashley has experimented with a diverse range of mixed media throughout her artistic career, developing an extensive visual language of alternative art surfaces and rich textures that she utilises in her studio work.
Artist Name: Jo Headon Season: Twenty One | Medium: Oil
Jo’s visual merchandising and styling career has spanned 40 years, during which she received many awards for her displays, and most recently awarded Merchandiser of the Year for the 2nd year running.
Artist Name: Tania Heben Season: Four | Medium: Oil
Tania's works contrast vivid local scenes of people still influenced by the colonial settlement period of the 1800's with the lush tropical vegetation of the Australian Rainforest and Jungle. Tania's paintings have been described as "Gauuinesque" with the strong influence of both Matisse and Gauguin in her work.
Artist Name: Carolyn Henry Season: Five | Medium: Scratchboard
Carolyn began studying art in 2007 and discovered that she has a talent for portrait painting. Carolyn works in scratchboard, a seldom used and incredible medium.
Artist Name: Jessica Henry Season: Nineteen | Medium: Oil
Jessica Henry, founding partner heads Renaissance’s art instructional programs. She develops and designs courses, teaches classes and workshops and contributes to the creation of the videos and workbooks offered in the programs.
Artist Name: Robyn Hicks Season: Twenty One | Medium: Watercolour
In early childhood Robin’s parents were very supportive and nurtured the creativity in her. They were both classical musicians, her Grandfather was a brilliant watchmaker and artist, and her Aunt was a wonderful violinist, so Robin grew up with creative and expressive people all around her.
Artist Name: Johanna Hildebrandt Season: Nine | Medium: Acrylic
Johanna began displaying her paintings in Sydney in the early 80’s, during the weekly Sunday Art Market in Macquarie St, outside the Botanical Gardens. Though she took part in group shows in Sydney, Johanna had her first solo exhibition in 1984 in Melbourne. Johanna draws her inspiration from nature, memories, surroundings, bushwalking and snorkeling.
Artist Name: Steve Hillier Season: Three | Medium: Acrylic | Oil
Steve Hillier is an Artist dedicated to the process of producing stunning eye catching scenes of women and animals in realist and surrealist images. His commitment to details is extraordinary and his ability to portray a story through his work leads the viewer on a journey of imagination.
Artist Name: Sharon Hindle Season: One | Medium: Pen and Ink
Working out of her home studio, Sharon creates her chic images using fine liner, faber castel ink pens. She likes to portray personality, fashion and glamorous life styles. Being a massive fan of portraiture, Sharon has developed a love of the beauty and intrigue in faces which she likes to put to paper.
Artist Name: Leon Holmes Season: Twenty | Medium: Oil
Leon Holmes is an award-winning Australian artist, lecturer and ambassador of Plein Air painting (on location) in the medium of oil. Born and raised in Perth, Leon’s career started with a wide range of artistic fields including Printmaking, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Illustration and Photography.
Artist Name: Maryanne Holmes Season: Six | Medium: Watercolour
Maryanne Holmes resides on the Gold Coast and has been painting watercolours since 1995. She attended classes at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, and continued tuition with local artists. Maryanne has also attended workshops at Bathurst and Toowoomba Universities with acclaimed Australian water-colourists, and now teaches watercolour classes locally.
Artist Name: Cliff Hosking Season: Seven | Medium: Watercolour
Cliff is inspired by nature, loving water in many of its manifestations, whether it be liquid, snow, ice and steam. In the last five years Cliff has become very interested in portraiture and life drawing.
Artist Name: Judith Hoste Season: Twenty | Medium: Watercolour
Judith Hoste is based in Umina Beach in the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Judith has been painting since 1981 and teaching and exhibiting from 1985. Judith works in oils, watercolours, pastel and acrylics and tutors in these mediums also.
Artist Name: John Hulsey Season: Eighteen | Medium: Watercolour
John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over 35 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and his paintings are included in many corporate and private collections.
Artist Name: Janette Humble Season: Twenty One | Medium: Mixed Media
Janette was a classical musician in her previous life and her work is infused with colour and movement. She aims to capture snippets and impressions of the world as life flashes by and she exaggerates colour and perspective to portray the emotion, humour or drama felt in that moment.
Artist Name: Cindy Hutton Season: Sixteen | Medium: Oil
Cindy Hutton is a Nelson artist who has inherited her love of art from her grandmother, who was also a professional artist. She paints in oils, from photographs of anything from landscapes to portraits.
Amanda Hyatt is an alla prima watercolour artist who has been a professional for 30 years. Amanda paints spontaneously with immediate reaction to a subject both in the studio and en plein air. She paints quickly and intuitively, involving thinking and sensitivity.
Artist Name: Shazia Imran Season: Eleven | Medium: Mixed Media
Based in Sydney Australia, Shazia specialises in figurative art, sculptures and urban paintings. She has exhibited her work internationally and her work hangs in private collections in Australia, US, and UK.Working in watercolours, acrylics and mixed media, Shazia’s recent work explores the infinite expressiveness of the subjects.
Artist Name: Lyn Jaanz Season: Nineteen| Medium: Acrylic
Lynn Jaanz is an internationally acclaimed artist who’s received honourable mention at the 30th Annual Chelsea International Fine Art Competition at the Agora Gallery in New York and was awarded for her series at Spectrum Miami Exhibition. Featured in the Artist’s Palette Magazine and Melbourne Observer, Lynn has also appeared on Lethbridge Gallery’s website as a Lethbridge 10,000 finalist for her ‘Rapture’ painting. MANUKA magazines speaks to Lynn about her art, her inspiration and her healing.
Artist Name: Terry Jackson Season: Three | Medium: Pencil | Graphite
Terry Jackson is an artist that began her career later in life. Terry is a naturally brilliant graphite and pencil Artist. Her love of nature and all things whimsical with wildlife is a magical journey of emotion and joy. Her work is a wonder to behold, and the skill with which she brings her images to life will inspire.
Artist Name: Vikki Jackson Season: Thirteen | Medium: Mixed Media
Living in Sydney’s northern suburbs with her family, Vikki Jackson has realised her dream of becoming a professional artist. With a number of pieces in her collection, Vikki has spent time focusing on localised arts & crafts associations, exhibiting at fairs & market day events as well as supplying local shops & galleries with a variety of products.
Artist Name: Alan James Season: Twenty | Medium: Watercolour
Alan James is a highly respected award winning watercolor artist and teacher. His art graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors worldwide. Alan James currently teaches watercolors at his studio in Deep River, Connecticut, at Jerry’s Artarama and at the historic Lyme Art Association, the birth place of American impressionism.
Artist Name: Rachel Jemmett Season: Seven | Medium: Acrylic
Rachel Jemmett has been painting now for 18 years. Within this time her work has evolved into exciting contemporary artworks of buildings and landscapes. Rachel loves using high viscosity acrylic paints, enabling her to mix the colours on canvas, offering her a range of colours in her work.
Artist Name: Kate Jenvey-Ferguson Season: Six | Medium: Pencil
Kate Ferguson's life time of travelling and studying animals has given her the opportunity to observe and study many of the worlds great creatures. Her ability to capture the majesty and wonder of these animals is portrayed in the amazing work she has produced. She is a woman with enormous empathy towards her subjects.
Artist Name: Rosie Jones Season: Three | Medium: Oil
Rosie is a master pastel artist. Her greatest pleasure is to create beautiful works of art in her home studio, or in the back garden of her house in Brunswick Heads, Australia.
Artist Name: John Kennedy Season: Four | Medium: Pencil
At 19 John was put under the wing of one of the great Australian Abstract Expressionist painters, Ron Lambert (1923-1995), who had studied under Oskar Kokoscka in Austria. It was then that he began to experiment with painting more intensely; producing one of his most important works, The Lady of Shallot (Alfred Lord Tennyson), a painting that only took the length of time that the poem was recited.
Artist Name: Russell Kereama Season: Eight | Medium: Acrylic
Russell grew up in Hastings but is currently residing in Australia. A self-taught artist, he worked for ten years as an art agent and was surprised when people in his artistic circles found his working exciting. Russell’s contemporary artwork embraces a rhythmic flow of vibrant colours and abstract style, which aims to reflect three main elements – earth, sky and water.
Artist Name: Jacqueline Kiff Season: Fifteen | Medium: Pastel
Jacqui Kiff started painting and drawing in March of 2013. After breaking her wrist and causing enough damage to her right hand, she was forced to give up her 16 year career as a qualified pharmacy technician.
Artist Name: Min Kim Season: Sixteen | Medium: Oil
Min Kim was born in 1971 in South Korea, the daughter of painter Kevin Kim. From early childhood, she has been drawing and painting, leading her to eventually study at the Jung Ang Fine Art University in South Korea. Min then worked as an interior designer and illustrator in South Korea.
Janet has received many awards and accolades and has her work hanging in local government chambers and private collections around the country. The true joy in art for Janet is sharing the passion and teaching others. For many years she has helped the elderly with Art Therapy classes, which have been extremely rewarding. At her home studio gallery she teaches art to the general public in all mediums.
Artist Name: Jenny Laidlaw Season: Eight | Medium: Ink | Pen | Watercolour
Jenny is a full time artist, mother and wife, though not always in that order. Her love and passion for the ocean and mountains have been the inspiration for many of Jenny’s works. In her finely detailed pen and ink drawings with collage material, the viewer can put together all the elements like a jigsaw puzzle to learn the story behind each picture.
Artist Name: Debbie Lambert Season: Sixteen | Medium: Oil
Debbie Lambert over the years has travelled extensively throughout the country on painting trips and has had painting trips overseas to Italy, Prague, Austria, Hong Kong, Ireland to name a few, but she always happily returns home to her favorite painting ground.
Artist Name: Sally Lancaster Season: Seventeen | Medium: Oil
Sally Lancaster is a Devon-based artist who, like many of the best painters today, is entirely self-taught. Sally Lancaster has won numerous awards for her fine, highly detailed oil paintings and she regularly exhibits in London as well as various galleries around the UK. In 2012 Sally was commissioned to produce a painting for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Sally is an Associate Member of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and a member of the International Guild of Realism.
Artist Name: Sue Lederhose Season: Seven | Medium: Watercolour
Sue's inspiration is anything in God's creation. She loves to paint landscapes, flowers and portraitures, both animal and people. Pastels and various mixed media have been explored. Nothing is out of bounds or off limits! Some of the mediums she uses with watercolour include gouache, acrylic, charcoal, ink, pencils, oil and chalk pastels as well as acrylic textural mediums.
Artist Name: Judith Leman Season: Eight | Medium: Oil | Watercolour
Judith Leman centers her work on the art that encompasses the traditional ‘sports’ of horses. Her use of various mediums, including sketch, watercolour and oils, is a means of exploring ideas and responses to her subjects. Her talent in painting Foxhounds and Sporting Dogs has contributed to her being recognized as one of the premier portrait artists in Canine Art.
Artist Name: Garth Lena Season: Three | Medium: Sculpture
Garth Lena is an indigenous artist that prefers to use more natural elements in his work. This episode shows how he creates an Echidna sculpture from raw tree materials and clay, the finished product being an entirely unique piece of artwork.
Artist Name: David Lovegrove Season: Ten | Medium: Acrylic | Ink
David Lovegrove is an artist, writer, designer and speaker based in the picturesque town of Murwillumbah in Northern NSW. Graduating from the Julian Ashton Art School, and with a Master of Arts from Queensland College of Art, David continues to practice as a fine artist, primarily in drawing and painting while working freelance for coprorate clients.
Artist Name: Linda MacAulay Season: Eight | Medium: Acrylic
Painting in watercolour and acrylic, Linda's work reflects her humour and sense of connection to the landscape. Her paintings capture the essence of the Australian landscape and way of life. Linda’s early study was with photography, drawing and painting. Inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of the Australian landscape she decided to become a landscape artist and developed a distinctive style, which uses vivid colour and detail.
Artist Name: Kim MacKenzie Season: Sixteen | Medium: Pastel
Kim MacKenzie has used pastels on paper for over 22 years to create a large body of highly original semi-abstract artwork designs. She has sold over 130 framed original artworks marketed through Victorian and Queensland gallery, public and commercial venues, and has licensed and commercialised a range of images for retail applications.
Artist Name: Wendy Manzo Season: Four | Medium: Acrylic
Wendy Manzo is an expressionist worship artist. She "speed-paints" live in places of worship all around the world and home-base is DaySpring, Sydney. Wendy facilitates the Prophetic Art Australia group, leads teams of prophetic artists and runs workshops to release people into their own creative expression.
Artist Name: Justine Martin Season: Eighteen | Medium: Acrylic
It all began for Justine Martin when she was living in Perth and became very ill. After 6 months of tests she was diagnosed with Remitting Relapsing MS in March 2011 and unfortunately had to stop work because of her disabilities. Justine had always wanted to learn to paint but never found the time with raising a family and a career. Now all she had was time.
Artist Name: Barry Mason Season: One | Medium: Pastel
Retiring from his Graphics business in Sydney, Barry moved to Lennox Head in 2000 and has now applied his background in Graphic Design and digital graphics to further his interest in the arts through painting. An early interest in photography took Barry to many areas throughout the rural and coastal areas of Australia, in a quest for subject matter. This long association with the Australian bushland and waterways remained with him and now reflect through his paintings.
Artist Name: Theresa May Season: Seven | Medium: Acrylic
Theresa is predominantly a two dimensional artist. She works with a variety of mediums, from acrylic, charcoal, pastel oil and mixed media, depending on the required qualities of the subject. Canvas is her preferred choice of support, as it lends itself well to washes and treatments she likes to apply to her work.
Artist Name: Don McAra Season: Nineteen| Medium: Watercolour
Born in Wellington in 1937, Don McAra has been painting full time since 1987 and is known primarily as a representational landscape artist, painting en plein air and in the studio. Many of his exhibitions have featured material gathered in the Greek Islands, Italy, France, Britain, Portugal and Spain. He enjoys equally the many aspects of the South Island landscape of New Zealand.
Barry and his wife Lucy run McCann Fine Art, producing, selling and teaching art. Barry’s love of art has taken him to some of the best museums and art galleries in the world where he draws constant inspiration. His subject matter usually involves an animated object with a dramatic light effect and enjoys the constant challenge of trying to portray the illusion of both movement and form with a narrative theme.
Lucy McCann is an incredibly talented watercolour artist who, along with her husband Barry, teaches art classes in beautiful Armidale. Lucy studied fashion and dress design at The National Art School which gave her the grounding in draftsmanship and design. She has been a teacher of art for 12 years, here in Australia, New Zealand and Italy.
Artist Name: Kelli McGregor Season: Two | Medium: Acrylic
Kelli McGregor is an emerging artist who began her artistic career later in life than most. Her experience in architectural design heightened her awareness of space and negative shapes and of the compositional dynamic they create. Kelli combines training in design with an unerring sense of the aesthetic to produce her striking figurative paintings. Typically, her work is exuberant, vibrant, confident and eye-catching.
Artist Name: Rob McGregor Season: Eleven | Medium: Acrylic
Rob is a full-time New Zealand Artist. Strong vibrant colours reflect the sunny holiday atmosphere of Mount Maunganui, on the North Island coast. It is one of the country’s most popular beaches and holiday destinations. Having traveled widely Rob’s works depict aspects of life in France, Greek Islands, Bangkok’s Rambutri and Khao San Road.
Artist Name: Amanda McLean Season: Seventeen | Medium: Pastel
Amanda McLean is a nationally renowned Pastel Artist who has been painting with the medium for over 30 years & teaching for over 20. She has a passion for the Australian landscape and coastline in its varying forms and is recognised for her sensitive interpretations, especially her rendering of clouds, skies, and water. Her paintings are often hailed for their sensitivity and ‘sense of place’.
Artist Name: Innes McLeod Season: Five | Medium: Acrylic
Innes is the eldest son of well-known Australian painter Christopher McLeod. He was exposed from an early age to the painting styles of many of Australia’s most talented painters, including Jon Molvig and Jon Rigby. Watching these incredible people, Innes found it was also the “artist lifestyle” that appealed to him just as much as the paint. Innes is currently the director for The Coolangatta School of Art.
Artist Name: Marnie McKnight Season: Twenty One | Medium: Acrylic
Marnie McKnight is a Sydney based artist creating works of true elegance. Marnie’s abstract art is reminiscent of cloud formations and the often dramatic collision between sky, sea and land. Simple palettes juxtapositioned with dynamic flashes of colour aim to capture emotions rather than images.
Artist Name: Doreen McNeill Season: Eleven | Medium: Acrylic
As a young woman, Doreen McNeill was a technical draftswomen, drawing navigational charts for aircraft. The work was meticulous and intricate. In the early 1960’s she began painting while living in the Bahamas. Since moving to New Zealand in 1987, Doreen has perfected her contemporary abstract techniques.
Artist Name: Frank Miles Season: One | Medium: Sculpture
A lifelong intimacy with nature is captured in all his wildlife sculptures and it is that which gives them such a presence in private, public and corporate collections worldwide. Frank made a wide study of various methods of bronze casting and finally formulated the unique process which, combined with his inspired talent, distinguishes his work.
Artist Name: Deena Millecam Season: Eighteen | Medium: Watercolour
Showing in several galleries, Deena Millecam has painted with many national and local artists. Her love of watercolor in many different settings shows her enthusiasm for the media. Oil painting is now another learning experience as she takes classes. She would like to further her work in portraiture and figurative subjects.
Artist Name: Celia Moriarty Season: Twenty Two | Medium: Acrylic
From showing the beauty of Australian flora to entice people to use more Australian natives in their garden, to portrait projects acknowledging excellence and highlighting the need for action and change, painting is the medium Celia uses to engage what matters to her. Celia Moriarty wants to create art to inspire others to see beauty and to want more of it in the world.
Artist Name: Peter Mortimore Season: One | Medium: Mixed Media
Peter is a well renown equine artists, working with water colours, oils and acrylics, and the patron of the Mortimore Art Prize. The episode features Peter Mortimore sketching with a red pen, and touching up other pieces with oil paints.
Artist Name: Steve Morvell Season: Fifteen | Medium: Pen and Ink
Steve Morvell is a highly acclaimed environmental artist, dedicated to raising human awareness of the beauty and fragility of wildlife and the habitats in which we co-exist. A deep need to understand animals on their own terms takes Steve to many wild places researching his art. His powerful and evocative work is exhibited around the world winning many major art awards and hangs in private, public and corporate collections.
Artist Name: Scott Naismith Season: Seventeen | Medium: Oil
Scott Naismith uses vivid colours in a vigorous application to represent the fast changing light conditions of the West coast of Scotland. Colour use often becomes an entirely emotional response to the subject while values can remain representational. The love he has for his native Scottish countryside is portayed in his work through an ebullient energy with which he handles the colour with palette knife and brush.
Artist Name: Anita Nevar Season: Twenty Two | Medium: Acrylic
Internationally renowned pop erotic artist, Anita Nevar, dives unabashedly into her own personal universe bringing to life her psychosexualdelic visions in a striking display of imagery that ingrains themselves within your psyche.
Artist Name: Helen Norton Season: Twenty | Medium: Oil
Helen Norton is a Professional Visual Artist, Owner and Director Norton Art Gallery in Perth, Australia. She teaches workshops in watercolour, acrylics and oils. Helen Norton left home at sixteen to spend the next ten years working and living in the most remote desert locations in Australia. Not intending on becoming an artist, her ambitions focused on immersing herself in as much adventure as was possible to extract from life.
Artist Name: Roslyn Oakes Season: Seventeen | Medium: Oil
Roslyn Oakes interest in art started at a very young age, drawing and creating things from bits and pieces as soon as she was able to hold a pencil or use a pair of scissors. From the age of five or six she wanted to be an artist, by six or seven she became interested in paper dolls, making her own and designing their clothes, this developed into an interest in dress designing. Roslyn often designed and made her own clothes.
Artist Name: Leisa O'Brien Season: One | Medium: Acrylic
Leisa O’Brien is a passionate, self-taught artist. Her passion is to be able to capture a moment in life, whether it be a person, a clear wave on a sunny day, or a combination of colours in a second’s glance. Using mainly acrylic paints, with the occasional oils, Leisa likes to get her vision onto canvas as soon as possible, with the first few layers being a fervent frenzy, followed by several layers of refined, loving detail.
Artist Name: Alex O'Hara Season: One | Medium: Acrylic
Alex O'Hara lives and paints from his beautiful home studio in Burringbar. Alex has a unique and often satirical flare to his paintings, seeking to convey more than just an image but a message for the observant art lover.
Artist Name: Lyn Olsen Season: Ten | Medium: Acrylic | Ink
In creating her brilliant, free-flowing acrylic paintings, Australian artist Lyn Olsen takes an entirely instinctive approach. Inspired by the palette of her homeland, Olsen throws color on her blank canvas and sees where it leads her. Working with acrylics, glazes, inks and charcoal, and using scrapers, spray and drip techniques, and a palette knife, she approaches her canvases from every angle, working intimately with the paint to see what emerges.
Artist Name: Maria Paterson Season: One | Medium: Pastel
Maria has been living, creating and teaching art as a professional artist in the Northern Rivers area of NSW for the past 30 years. People, nature and landscapes have been her inspiration. Using traditional mediums such as pastels, oils on canvas and ceramic sculptures, she likes to capture moments in time in which inspiration shines through.
Artist Name: Jacky Pearson Season: Eight | Medium: Watercolour
Multi award winning professional artist and tutor Jacky Pearson is fascinated by light and atmosphere, which is the driving force for her to paint. Whilst she specialises in watercolours, loving the sense of freedom and spontaneity that this medium does best, oils, pastels and pencil work are also a frequent part of Jacky’s work.
Artist Name: Herman Pekel Season: Six | Medium: Watercolour
Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award winning work in oil, watercolour or gouache.
Artist Name: Craig Penny Season: Fourteen | Medium: Acrylic
Studying art at Ballarat University, painting and graphic design claimed most of his attention allowing him to pursued a successful career in illustrator as a member of the Illustrators Association of Australia for many years. Craig has skills in a range of mediums including computer graphics. He taught both traditional drawing, illustration and digital drawing at both Victoria University and Swinburne University.
Artist Name: Jill Perrott Season: Fourteen | Medium: Mixed Media
Jill Perrott's professional journey as an artist started in the early nineties when her three children had flapped their wings and mostly flown the nest. Having studied art at Elam in the sixties, Jill re-energized her artistic abilities at Art Station workshops and Elam Summer schools and began exhibiting locally with her first “real” show at Titirangi's Lopdell House Community gallery in 1997.
Artist Name: Manuel Petavrakis Season: One | Medium: Mixed Media
Manny is a medical practitioner (The Melanoma Centre), hence “Dr. Manny”; an Australian of Greek descent and a father of three. With his wife Meg McGregor, they run the Art Shed Brisbane and School Art Supplies. Running the Art Shed allows Manny to learn about and experiment with a wide range of materials.
Artist Name: Shirley Peters Season: Seven | Medium: Acrylic | Watercolour
Excelling in both fields, Peters reputation as an illustrator was cemented when she had a book shortlisted in the coveted CBC Book of the Year Awards in 1991. With an illustrators eye for composition, colour and line, Shirley is revelling in the freedom of creating her own narrative in paint and with her first solo exhibition in Sydney through Gallery V.
Artist Name: Rebecca Phillips Season: Two | Medium: Mixed Media
Rebecca Phillips is a talented acrylics artist who finds inspiration in the natural world. Rebecca is also a talented photographer using some of her photographs as inspirations for her artwork.
Artist Name: Professor Robert Pope Season: One | Medium:
In liaison with the Western Australian State Government Department of Aboriginal Welfare, Robert Pope established a special and successful science-art school for aboriginal Australians in 1969. In 1986 Robert Pope was awarded an Artist-in-residency at the University of Sydney to work with a cancer research team at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre.
Artist Name: Abel Pracas aka Ages Jorbel Season: Ten | Medium: Acrylic
Abel's art is a vortex of information and creativity. When he paints in his studio, he is lost in a realm of beauty through a quantum process that transcends meditation. In those moments, he feels bliss, realising that he is a hologram of the universe, where all the possibilities are open to him to express and create art.
Artist Name: Rob Prior Season: Fourteen | Medium: Mixed Media
Rob Prior is a comic book artist and illustrator who has enjoyed a 20-plus year career working with the industry’s biggest publishers, including Marvel, DC Comics and Image Comics. His work hangs in private collections and his skills as a storyboard artist are tapped for clients such as Anheuser Busch, Nikon and Monster. To manage all of his projects, Rob taught himself an unusual skill: to draw with both hands.
Artist Name: Craig Primrose Season: Nine | Medium: Oil
Craig is well know for his landscapes and has an amazing ability to capture the magnificence of the Southern Alps to the NZ coastline, influenced by the changing nature of the weather and atmospheric conditions. Craig only works with oils on teak stretched Belgian linen.
Artist Name: Meg Quilty Season: Twenty | Medium: Watercolour
Meg Quilty, a talented and passionate watercolour artist, is based in Tamworth, rural New South Wales, Australia. She was born in 1968, but had never picked up a brush before 2000. Her love affair with watercolour began while spontaneously attending a weekend workshop with renowned artists, Barry and Lucy McCann.
Artist Name: Jo Rankin Season: Nineteen | Medium: Acrylic
Jo Rankin’s love of painting began at an early age. All things creative, both in design and colour have always been of great interest to her. Over the years Jo has worked in various creative industries, including staging and styling homes, eventually gaining her qualifications in Interior Design after completing the “Nanette Cameron Interior Design” 2 year course.
Artist Name: Timo Rannali Season: Eleven | Medium: Acrylic
Timo was born in Finland and came to New Zealand as a child. Being Finnish, original artwork featured strongly in the home; this perhaps helped nurture his love of art. He has been a full time artist for 15 years and works from his Mt Maunganui studio.
Artist Name: Christine Read Season: Twenty One | Medium: Acrylic
Christine Read has been drawing, painting and exploring art practice since her adolescence. At high school she won prizes for her art, and screen printed and sold textiles to the other students. On leaving school, art was not considered an option for a well paid career and so after obtaining a place in Medicine at Sydney University, she became a medical practitioner, a career which she practised for 41 years.
Artist Name: Ruth Reid Season: Seven | Medium: Oil
Ruth makes regular tramping trips (hiking, trekking) into remote areas of the bush and mountains. She feels that the natural beauty of new Zealand offers infinite inspiration, from the long miles of rocky coastline and sandy beaches, through primeval forest areas to the pristine, majestic mountains.
Artist Name: Jo Reitze Season: Nine | Medium: Gouache | Oil
Jo’s paintings are freely executed, with lyrical mark making and vibrant colours often enhanced by strong tonal contrasts. All paintings are completed ‘en plein air’, so that her responses are much more than a photographic record, but a fusion of all senses.
Artist Name: Andy Remanis Season: One | Medium: Pastel
Andy Remanis is a brilliant pastel artist from the Caldera Region. Andy gains inspiration from the adaptability and tenacity of the natural world. The inherent determination of all species to survive dramatic changes in their environment is remarkable indeed.
A spectacularly vibrant Artist that uses colour without any inhibitions, letting the idea and the form take shape and then building a story as part of her approach. Tricia is a woman who loves life and also her ability to pass on the great information she has learnt herself over the years.
Artist Name: Eric Rhoads Season: Sixteen,| Medium: Oil
Eric Rhoads is driven to help people learn to paint. Because painting changed his life he has a goal to teach a million people to paint because painting brings joy into your life, reduces stress, makes you happier, and it taps into your creative side.
Artist Name: Daniel Hill Riedel Season: Nineteen| Medium: Oils
Daniel Hill Riedel, founding partner heads Renaissance’s operations, online marketing and sales, as well as production creative direction and design. In addition to his nearly 30 years of marketing communications, advertising and design work, Daniel is also a fine artist, muralist, decorative artisan and illustrator.
Artist Name: Melissa Ritchie Season: Five | Medium: Acrylic
Melissa Ritchie is a figurative artist with a keen interest in portraiture. Her paintings are vivid, colourful and full of life. Often using a sense of irony to create comedic themes, her paintings are a quirky twist on the traditional portrait.
Artist Name: Richard Robinson Season: Eight | Medium: Oils
Richard Robinson is a full time impressionistic artist, living and painting in the beautiful North Island of New Zealand. Having lived in Whangarei for most of his life, Richard finds himself somewhat biased when it comes to thinking of beautiful places.
Artist Name: Rock On Gallery Season: Two | Medium: Photography | Gallery
Enjoy an exciting and colourful journey into the inner beauty of semi-precious gemstones. Wow your senses with the myriad of colours, shapes and patterns within each individual gemstone. View the actual rocks that are photographed, in Rock On's personal gemstone collection, beautiful specimesn from Australia and around the world.
Artist Name: Lorraine Rogers Season: One | Medium: Oil and Watercolour
Lorraine Rogers was born in Melbourne in 1953. She is largely self-taught and has developed a unique and recognisable style. She had already dabbled in oils, with Sherbrooke Art Society in Victoria and studied drawing and painting under Robert Hammond who helped her to explore her creativity. John Lovett taught her to explore the potential in watercolour and mixed media with whom she spent many years developing her design, colour and compositional skills.
Artist Name: Marie-France Rose Season: Thirteen | Medium: Mixed Media
Located in Uki, Northern NSW, Marie-France Rose is an active member of the art community around her area, exhibiting her work locally and running creative workshops in sculpture for local artists, children and enthusiasts. The French-Canadian sculptor artist has lived in Australia for almost 30 years, mostly in Coolum Beach and Byron Bay Uki and has travelled throughout the world.
Artist Name: Mary Ann Runciman Season: Four | Medium: Oil | Sketch
Figure drawing has always been an important part of Mary Ann's working practice. She has used these drawings as a departure for this series of paintings. These paintings are an exploration of painting itself. She has confined the format to the square and in many of these paintings there is no right way up, but are intended as a self contained worlds of their own.
Artist Name: Savva Savva Season: Thirteen | Medium: Watercolour
Savva is a master of the watercolour medium. His impressive achievements and success, is due to his ability to capture and portray the mood, light and atmosphere in his paintings with clean, decisive and passionate brushstrokes.
Artist Name: Linda Schroeter Season: Thirteen | Medium: Oil
In 2014 Linda Schroeter re-named the studio, Russian River Atelier, after developing it as a collaborative teaching space, dedicated to teaching the traditional fundamental skills to anyone interested in realism. Here she sought out instructors who all have graduated from three of the highly rigorous classical ateliers in Florence that were living locally giving them a space to teach and to pass onto others a time honored tradition.
Artist Name: Jeanette Sellwood Season: Three | Medium: Acrylic
Jeanette enjoys combining people in a natural environment. The ocean, rainforests, sunsets and sunrises create wonderful opportunities for new creative endeavours. Jeanette is also fascinated by people and individual personalities, her portraiture work showing a unique side of each person she paints.
Artist Name: Donna Sharam Season: One | Medium: Mixed Media
Donna spent many years working in the fashion & home wares industry creating her unique brands, ‘Bongo Bop’ and ‘Kleva Concepts’. These concept brands were sold through a variety of specialty stores in Sydney. She now lives in the beautiful rolling hills of Byron Bay in Northern NSW and is satisfying her creative juices by applying her instinctive skills to paint on canvas.
Artist Name: Clive Sinclair Season: Nine | Medium: Watercolour
Clive Sinclair began training seriously in the arts in 1973, with John Lennox. This was followed by a further 12 month with Max Casey in tonal realism. Clive then moved on to study art in Copenhagen at the Royal Glypotek for 6 months, subsequently living in London and Scotland, studying the major galleries of Europe.
Artist Name: Peter Smeeth Season: Eleven | Medium: Oil
Born 1949 in Griffith, NSW, Australia and educated at Yanco Agricultural High School, Peter studied Medicine at the University of Sydney from 1966 to 1971 and after working at Royal North Shore Hospital and Canberra Hospital spent 34 years as a family doctor in General Practice at The Entrance on the Central Coast of NSW. He changed to full-time art practice in 2008 and works as a professional portrait artist in Sydney and the Central Coast.
Artist Name: Solveig Season: Eight | Medium: Acrylic
Solveig has always been an artist. From a young age she sat and watched, observing life and people and herself in the world. She was fascinated with the way one represents life to oneself in images and words. Both visual and auditory art fascinated her as a child, and she indulged in lots of games, creative play, experimentation, writing and drawing.
Artist Name: Emily Speakman Season: Fifteen | Medium: Acrylic
From a very young age, Emily Speakman displayed a flair for art that was beyond her tender age. It was when Emily was 12 years old that her talent for oil painting presented itself and she hasn't stopped painting since! Her talent has led her artwork to be exhibited at the Tate Liverpool and to be used as the front cover of books.
Artist Name: Alexandra Spyratos Season: Nine | Medium: Mixed Media
Working with mixed medium, Alexandra paints with fluorescent colour, oil paint, acrylics, charcoal and pastels to recreate, in her unique style, the wildlife that surrounds her home in Kenya.
Artist Name: Jen Denise Stark Season: Six | Medium: Mixed Media
Jen Stark was raised in the small town of Miles in Western Queensland, on a property of machines, not cattle or sheep. As a child, she had a lot of time to explore nature, her findings an asset she now uses today in her art. Jen is a self taught artist who has, through dedication, persistence and experimenting, pushed through bad experiences to find her calling.
Graeme Stevenson, CEO of Colour In Your Life, was born June 29th, 1958, in New South Wales, Australia. From a young age Graeme had a tremendous fascination with the world around him, and from this he began painting and studying animals.
Artist Name: Peggy Stokes Season: Twenty | Medium : Mixed media
Peggy Stokes began her passion for art after making sure all of her 5 children were in college and she had survived cancer. Peggy decided to study Fine Arts Photography in San Francisco. After more than 35 years of expressing herself in the photographic medium she decided to branch out to other areas of painting including acrylics, alcohol inks and mixed media. They are amazing and challenging mediums.
Artist Name: Paul Stowe Season: Fifteen | Medium : Graphite
Following a 20 year Hiatus Paul Stowe picked up his pencils again and started drawing back in 2012. Turning professional in 2016 Paul has won accolades across the globe, initially exhibiting and selling work in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand he now resides in the centre for contemporary British Art and the Tate Modern Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall.
Artist Name: Serena Supplee Season: Eighteen| Medium : Oil
The beauty, truth and freedom of canyons and rivers pulse through Serena Supplee. Thirty-five years of living and loving the Colorado Plateau serve as the current of inspiration for her artwork. She paints with watercolors and oils, working from her drawings rather than photos to give her imagination more reign. Serena’s new book Grand Canyon Calling features her pencil sketches adjacent to her paintings.
Artist Name: Barbara Suttie Season: One | Medium: Oil
Barb Suttie is well known for her landscape oil paintings, landscape art prints and giclee art images of the Mount Warning Wollumbin Caldera region as well as her mountainous and valleyed landscapes of Australia and New Zealand. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree Sub Major Art History/Graduate Diploma in Education.
Artist Name: Bryan Mark Taylor Season: Eighteen | Medium: Oil
A painter, lecturer, inventor and world traveler Bryan Mark Taylor is a true renaissance man. As a painter, Bryan has won numerous top awards at the nation’s most prestigious plein air invitationals and his work has been shown in museums across the country. He has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Imagine FX and American Artist Workshop magazines.
Artist Name: David Taylor Season: Eight | Medium: Watercolour
David Taylor is a world-renowned watercolour artist, well known for teaching and services to the arts. Since the sixties David has been expanding his own painting career in watercolour, using all that he has learned to teach painters both in Australia and overseas.
Artist Name: Sandra Temple Season: Eleven | Medium: Mixed Media
Sandra is self taught and has been a professional artist and illustrator for more than 26 years. During this time she has had a cartoon strip running for 8 years, designed numerous corporate logos, worked with the RSPCA, the Qld Police Force and quite a few City Councils as a cartoonist and illustrator.
Artist Name: Lee Teusner Season: Twenty One | Medium: Acrylic
Lee Teusner is inspired by exploring the realm of the feminine and works to reveal the many faces of a woman, from exotic to mysterious, romantic to abundant and beautiful. Colour, texture and painting an emotional world are all a part of the process.
Artist Name: Janet Thatcher Season: Eleven | Medium: Pastel
Born in Canberra in 1981 Janet grew up in a family of artists. Her grandparents were artists, Her mother is and her brother and sister are. Janet’s mother believed that being able to draw meant they would never be bored or lonely. She would place a box of Derwent pencils on the table to tempt them.
Artist Name: CarrieAnn Therese Season: Sixteen | Medium: Glass
CarrieAnn Therese has had a love affair with glass for as long as she can remember. She has always had an overabundance of creative energy, working in various mediums as well as music her whole life, but always knew glass was the medium she wanted to focus on. CarrieAnn loves the dance of colour and light in glass, saying it’s like “playing with rainbows”…how can a person not love that?
Artist Name: Jan Thomson Season: Thirteen | Medium: Oil
Jan’s painting journey began late, She first picked up a brush when her children had grown up. Jan began with watercolour and then took up oils. She learnt to paint by going out to Wellington’s (sometimes wild) south coast, wrestling with the elements and trying to put down on paper what was in front of her.
Artist Name : Kerry Thompson Season: Two | Medium: Acrylic
Kerry Thompson an Artist who understands the meanings of Joy colour and life. Kerry was originally a vet and then went onto cartooning and illustrating books. She has a wonderful Philosophy towards life and exudes a great personal energy.
Artist Name: Pete Tillack Season: Fourteen | Medium: Oil
There are a lot of great artists out there, but it is the unique style of life that the Australian born Pete Tillack has led prior to his art career that has influenced his narratives on society, and help separate him from the herd. After finishing an electrical apprenticeship and business school on his way to building a small company, at the age of 23, Tillack left his home in Australia to endeavor on, what was meant to be, a short European Surf trip.
Artist Name: Brian Tisdall Season: Six | Medium: Oil
Brian is an Artists that has a most wonderful imagination and the ability to take his ideas and turn them into fabulous Whimsical stories. His work is brilliantly colourful and full of its own narrative.
Artist Name: Darren Townsend Season: Three | Medium: Sculpture
In this episode, Graeme visits sculptor Darren Townsend, even having his own bust created. Darren enjoys the process of turning clay into human likeness. Creating something that can stand the test of time gives him a unique satisfaction equalled only by those who enjoy his work. He also hopes that his work will inspire others to create.
Artist Name: Jane Toy Season: Fourteen | Medium: Acrylic
Jane Toy is proud to be a Whanganui artist who specializes in abstract works utilizing a range of materials across the media of painting, drawing, digital and textiles. Jane has been known to ‘draw’ with thread and to ‘paint’ with wool so she revels in the broad approach that abstract art allows. Many of her works stem from her love of Euclidean geometry which she plays with to create interesting optical twists and turns for the viewer.
Artist Name: John Turton Season: Five | Medium: Acrylic | Oil
Although he considers himself essentially a colourist, John has always used landscape as a means of gaining inspiration, as well as as a way of conveying his love of the land. Australia's beauty and scale, its shape and spaces, its light and energy are ever-stimulating.
Artist Name: Michael Upton Season: Two | Medium: Oil
Michael has had a number of exhibitions and picked up quite a few awards. His art has been sold all over the world and he continues to paint a variety of subjects though always specialising in wildlife of mainly Africa and India, places which he continues to visit.
Artist Name: Fiona Valentine Season: Nine | Medium: Oil
Fiona is a Melbourne artist who paints in oil, acrylic and watercolour in a realist style with a particular love of landscapes featuring water and reflections. Her detailed and expressive paintings feature a wide variety of subjects.
Artist Name: Lynley Van Alphen Season: Sixteen | Medium: Oil
Lynley van Alphen is described as ‘self-taught’, However she has studied and learnt from the best. Several workshops with well-known NZ landscape artists later, and as well as studying many books and online tutorials, she finds herself on the path that she truly wants to travel.
Artist Name: Barbara Van Der Linden Season: Seventeen | Medium: Mixed Media
Barbara van der Linden was born in Holland, her family migrated to Mentone a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. When they moved to Canberra Barbara studied fine art at the Canberra School of Art. With the help of a Commonwealth Scholarshipshe went on to study Graphic Design at the National School of Art at East Sydney Technical College.
Artist Name: Adriaan Vanderlugt Season: Six | Medium: Sculpture
Adriaan Vanderlugt was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Canada. Upon graduating from High School in 1962, his art career began in a Graphic Design Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. Adriaan has been carving bone, stone, wood, marble and metal for over four decades and his sculptures of animals, birds and fish are held in collections around the world.
Artist Name: Steve Vigors Season: Twenty | Medium: Acrylic
Steve Vigors is a self-taught multi-award winning local artist living in Busselton. Steve’s passion for art commenced some 45 years ago, but when he relocated from Perth to Busselton in the south west in 1992, his passion reinvigorated. Steve Vigors has been a member of both the Dunsborough and Busselton Art Societies for over 25 years. He works in all mediums, is renowned for his pastels, however is predominantly attracted to acrylics.
Artist Name: Tony Visco Season: Twenty | Medium: Watercolour
P. Anthony Visco (Tony) is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, a Plymouth Center for the Arts Russell Gallery Artist, Member of the Copley Art Society of Boston, the Scituate Arts Association, and is currrenty an Associate Member of the National, American and Transparent Watercolor Society. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Watercolor Society and the Plymouth Center for the Arts.
Artist Name: Jana Vodesil Baruffi Season: Ten | Medium: Oil | Watercolour
In 1981 Jana emigrated to Australia, where she immediately immersed herself in art, and focussed on gaining skills in copper enamelling, china painting, watercolours, and fabric printing receiving tuition in the private studios of various artists and at technical college.
Artist Name: Angela Walker Season: Nineteen | Medium: Oil
Angela loves faces and figurative works, her nursing background influences her in this aspect. Something about helping others has inspired some of her portraits. She is deeply interested in how humanity interacts with our environment. Angela Walker’s current series of works relate specifically to her surroundings on the farm.
Artist Name: Mark Waller Season: Five | Medium: Acrylic
Artist Mark Waller has been delighting art lovers with his gorgeous paintings for decades. Imbued with wonderful light and depth, Mark transports us to places we can all relate to, bringing into his artwork the childlike wonder that inspires him every day in his work and his life.
Artist Name: Ian Walton Season: Five | Medium: Oil
Ian Walton is a self taught artist who started painting in oils aged 13. Ian’s work is in private collections worldwide and owners include Sir Richard Branson and HRH Prince Charles.
Judy's Paintings are inspired by her love of the ocean. Growing up on the cliffs of Mount Martha in Victoria, Judy was always fascinated and exhilarated by the rugged coastline. Judy also runs workshops with Blanc Canvas from time to time.
Artist Name: Lorraine Watry Season: Eighteen | Medium: Watercolour
Lorraine Watry has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Colorado in Boulder with an emphasis in drawing. After college, she designed clip art at a graphics company for several years. Lorraine began working with watercolor 25 years ago.
Artist Name: Kurt Weismair Season: Fourteen | Medium: Acrylic
Kurt Weismair was born in 1974 in Orange, California. Kurt specializes in contemporary seascapes of Laguna Beach, Ca. and Southern Californian beaches. Kurt's life as an artist revolves around the ocean. It is where he receives both his content and inspiration and nowhere does he feel more at home than in the waters.
Artist Name: David Wells Season: Eleven | Medium: Pastel | Oil
David Wells was born 1977 into an artistic family. He is an eclectic artist having worked professionally as an actor, graphic artist, dancer, web designer, circus and street performer, musician, children's entertainer and visual artist.
Artist Name: Delene White Season: Seventeen | Medium: Sculpture
It is obvious to see Delene’s love of colour and form—whether it be in her large sculptures, small silver pieces, graphic design work, photography, paintings or digital art. Eclectic by nature, her diversity comes from a desire to visually communicate her inspirations and learnings. She believes it important to use the medium that best fit the story.
Artist Name: Tony White Season: Twenty One | Medium: Watercolour
Tony White is a watercolour artist from Newcastle, Australia, however, is now residing in Hobart. He has established a great following with collectors and students alike. His work has been sold as far afield as Germany and the U.K. His social media following is gaining momentum and with over 10,000 Facebook followers, he is hitting his stride around the world.
Artist Name: Paula Wiegmink Season: Ten | Medium: Acrylic
Paula, based in Dunsborough, South West Australia, was born in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Having spent her early childhood on farms, she soon developed a love for the African bush and wildlife. Her interest in drawing and painting emerged at a very early age. Encouraged by her mother, she started sketching the animals on the farm and doing portraits of anyone willing to sit still long enough!
Artist Name: Adrienne Williams Season: Seven | Medium: Mixed Media
Adrienne Williams is a landscape painter represented by Red Hill Gallery. At the heart of her work is her passion for wild places and the natural beauty of the bush. Her practice involves totally immersing herself in the landscape, in its cycles of changing light, weather and mood, making extended sketching trips into the bush.
Artist Name: Nigel Wilson Season: Seven | Medium: Oil
Nigel has a Fine Arts Degree from Ilam, University of Canterbury, completed in 1982, where he was tutored under Don Peebles. Since then he has exhibited regularly, winning a number of painting awards. Nigel is well represented in public and private collections throughout New Zealand, with twenty-seven solo exhibitions to his name.
Artist Name: Patrick Owen Wilson Season: Four | Medium: Sculpture
Patrick became interested in art from a very early age, finding great enjoyment in his ability to draw. He then found the simple objectivity of African Art, and the rhythm in Celtic Art. From the work of sculptors like Michelangelo and his insight into the human psyche, Rodin for his emotion, Henry Moore for the way he captures a simplicity of form and Jean Arp for his use of organic shapes.
Artist Name: Karen Wiseman Season: Nineteen | Medium: Mixed Media
Karen Wiseman (1958, Victoria, Australia) Conceptual Mixed Media Artist. Karen’s works never show the complete form. This results in the fact that she can easily imagine her own interpretation without being hindered by the reality. With a conceptual approach, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, to involve the viewer in a way that they believe in the idea of her work.
Artist Name: David Woodford Season: Fifteen | Medium: Oil
David Woodford’s work, is the result of enquiry, meticulous drawings and precise plein-air studies on location in all weathers. David trained at the Royal Academy Schools. His work addresses the wild places of Snowdonia in all moods and his portrayal of the subtle lighting and atmosphere of the mountains and vales of Snowdonia has never been matched.
Artist Name: Meredith Woolnough Season: Four | Medium: Textile
Meredith Woolnough is a visual artist whose practice engages with the natural environment utilizing the skeletal frameworks of flora and fauna as the basis of her own embroidered specimens. Threads are densely stitched into freeform sculptures that are carefully pinned to paper or set in resin preserving them as delicate handmade artifacts.
Artist Name: Rae Woolnough Season: Four | Medium: Textiles
Rae Woolnough is an artist with a passion for textiles. Merino wool fibre and silk are the main content of her artwork, and she is constantly searching for new and interesting fibres and yarns to embellish her works. Rae will often include alpaca, mohair, hemp, camel, silk, and other fibres into her work to create texture and dimension. The earth is a constant reminder to her of the mysteries of existence.
Artist Name: Joseph Zbukvic Season: Two | Medium: Watercolour
Joseph Zbukvic is a leading master of the watercolour medium of his time. His impressive achievements and enormous success is due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Covering an infinite variety of subjects, his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from all around the world.