"Hi I'm Louise
I touched on art, eons ago, in my youth at school. Fast forward to the last decade in Dorrigo where I rediscovered this long-lost love.
Painting for me is fun... well most of the time! I love disappearing into a world of shapes, patterns and colour that somehow link together. Time disappears.
Sometimes it can be a difficult journey but I am learning to trust the materials and the process.
Workshops have helped along the way, notably those organised by the Dorrigo Visual Arts Group, classes with Don Hutchison and a couple of week-long courses at Camp Creative. Also the valued support of friends travelling a similar path."
Di's paintings reflect her love of the natural world, especially birds, portraits of people and animals, life drawings, and landscapes. She works mainly in pastel, gouache, watercolour, and acrylic. Her life drawings are often quick, colourful sketches revelling in the pastel medium. You can contact Di on Tel: 0414 841 818 or Email: email@example.com.
I have a B.A in Sculpture from Monash University, Melbourne and I'm also a self taught jeweller using the lost wax method. What really soothes my artistic soul though is painting, especially with my new medium of choice which is the FW Ink range. I find it to be a very forgiving medium to work with which adds to my enjoyment of painting and exploring the layering effect that I can achieve with it. As for my subject matter, I have always been drawn to mixing realism with fantasy and maybe sometimes add a few symbolic hidden messages as well. I'm a strong believer that everyone can and needs to create, whether it be through art, music, the written word or dance.
It is this reason that I started an art group in Melbourne called Thou Art Mum. I started the group after realising that once I became a mother 16 years ago I forgot to 'feed my own soul', which unfortunately lead to depression. Once I 'climbed' out of my darkness I wondered how many other mothers went through the same feelings. Now over 10 years later and a steady membership of 40 plus ladies each year, 'Thou Art Mum' has reassured me of how important it is to 'feed my own soul' artistically.
The teachers in Clare’s artistic development that awakened in her a desire to improve the technical skills which travel with creativity were Jack McDonough and Rae Andrews. Michael Taylor at Grafton Artsfest was also influencial in opening the way for her artistic development. She exhibits at Nexus Gallery in Bellingen and at the Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition in Dorrigo. Her subjects include landscapes, fantasy worlds and abstracts.
Sydney born and trained at the National Art School. From 1980 onwards: illustrator, graphic artist, muralist, art tutor, painter, printmaker and general mess-maker. Selected to exhibit in various regional galleries, she has had 14 solo exhibitions and been part of more than 65 group exhibitions. Chris has won many prizes and awards over her 50 years of image making.
Anne Irvine has had a lifelong commitment to art, and always loved drawing more than any other creative experience. On discovering etching in 2007, she set up a studio and has been a full time printmaker ever since. Etching is an ideal medium for exploring drawing techniques and provides technical challenges, as well as the excitement of peeling a print from the plate to see what is there. Her work is usually based on natural objects
Art is all about self-expression. My work is a response to what I see in the world around me and my attempt to communicate this response to the viewer. My art practice has covered painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and print making. However, currently most of my work is paintings in oils or acrylic paint on canvas, ranging from landscapes, portraiture, and abstract images. My work is inspired by the beauty of the Dorrigo Plateau and particularly the Dorrigo Mountain, where I live. I am continually captivated by the natural beauty of the area during the different seasons and climatic conditions.
Louise's paintings, in all mediums, are inspired by the bush, music, and people. Her work has sold widely and won many awards. A Life Member of the Arts Council of The Dorrigo, and long-time member of the Dorrigo Visual Arts Group, she is active in encouraging and supporting artists on the Dorrigo Plateau.