Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently living in Florida. I am a very passionate mixed media artist most inspired by romanticism, emotion and nature. My work is build up in layers using different mediums such as oils, acrylics, hand painted paper, pastels, etc. I try to capture and depict emotions through the use of colour and subject matter and love the challenge of using a new medium and pushing it to its limits, ultimately creating memorable works of art, I have participated in several group exhibitions and as a solo artist. In the future I aspire to travel abroad and to be able to see the beautiful works of art that have inspired my journey.
Gabriele is a published author and artist, who was born in Germany and live in Australia now.
"I illustrated my children book series and specialise in pet portraits but do any other animal as well especially Australian and exotic wildlife. I also do gilding with Acrylics on canvas using gold/silver and copper leaf."
Naomi Miller is a New York based artist.
"Having been painting and taking classes for many years. A recent five day painting retreat led me to become more motivated to focus on my art work. My primary medium is watercolour and my work is moving to incorporate more abstract components to my paintings."
"I am a self taught art maker and have been drawing and painting most of my life.
I was chosen the winner of the Local Artist Prize at the Maroochydore Arts Festival in 1997.
I have taught art and sold many artworks over the last 25 years to people from many countries. I decided to become a mature age student and am currently finishing a BA in Fine Art through the Curtin University of WA but reside in QLD."
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I have been interested in art, in colour, in design, in making a mess, since I was little. The best part of story books were always the pictures. From drawing in the sand, to drawing in chalk on the driveway art has always been a constant in my life in one form or another.
I studied art all through high school and was accepted into an arts degree in university but decided to defer and go travelling instead (who wouldn't :) I lived in the UK for many years and painted and exhibited my work in galleries in Glasgow. From here I sold pieces to Europe, the UK and Japan.
Returning to Australia I discovered many other mediums...in particular polymer clay and mosaics. My polymer clay work has been displayed in art magazines and my stained glass mosaic work has travelled around the world in the form of donated pieces for auctions...in particular for Doctors Without Borders and donations for community projects such as schools and hospitals in the USA, and to the Steve Irwin mosaic memorial at Australia Zoo in Queensland.
Now I mostly spend my time painting in acrylic and mixed media.
“She couldn’t keep her colours inside the lines. So she drew new lines.”
I am inspired by the glamour of the 20s and 30s, the fantastic street art in Perth WA, vintage Vogue magazine covers, silent movies of the 1920s and fashion illustrations. I also enjoy painting animals and creating art for children. I am influenced by the works of Modigliani, Kees Van Dongen, Rene Gruau, Rennie Mackintosh, Picasso, Sonia Delauney, Malcolm Liepke, Chagall and Jolomo amongst others. I am also very interested in Modernism, Figurative art, Art Deco, the Naive Art movement and Cubism.
Olivia Alexander is a multi-awarded experimental artist, born in London in 1961. She uses specialized mixed media techniques to create abstract naturalist paintings. Olivia is inspired by the beauty of the colours, textures and shapes in the landscapes and oceans, not just of Australia but of other countries she has travelled to. Her bold and expressive paintings being an outward expression of the inner self.
Her work has been described as ‘having an outstanding character concerning the way in which she expresses the movements of life in the natural world surroundings as well as in emotionally arising abstract universes’.
Moving to Australia with her parents as a child, Olivia discovered her love of art at a young age with a natural gift for drawing. After leaving school jobs were scarce in the small seaside town so Olivia moved to Alice Springs in outback Northern Territory to break and train horses. Not exactly a ‘real’ job but exciting none the less!
She married in 1984 and focused on raising her four children.
In 2001 Olivia made the decision to pursue her art career and undertook many years of classes such as Fine Art, Advanced & Creative Drawing, and Advanced Mixed Media, as well as Interior Design.
In 2007 Olivia moved with her husband to Shellharbour, just south of Sydney where she works full time in her art studio.
Her work has gained global recognition with many awards including both pewter and bronze medal diplomas from the Paris society of Arts, Sciences and Letters, a silver medal diploma from the French International Academy of Merit and most recently in 2015, the Art Critics Award and the Rome Imperial International award from Italy.
She is a finalist in the international Brisbane Art Prize, Sep 2015.
Olivia has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions, not just in Australia but also Italy, France, USA, Singapore and Dubai. October 2011 saw her artworks successfully exhibited at the juried, Salon d’Automne in Paris.
Olivia’s artworks are owned by private collectors in many countries and she is represented by galleries in Australia and France.
She will be having a major collaborative exhibition in Paris at the end of 2015.
Eva Chant is Sydney based sculptor and painter. She pursued her creative artistic instincts since she was a child. At the age of 12 she enrolled in a commercial art training program by correspondence at the Melbourne Hotham Street Art College with the view to becoming a commercial artist.
After completing High School, Eva gained a scholarship for High School Art Teacher Training at the Alexander Mackie College in Paddington, which included training at the National Art School. This early experience involved drawing, printmaking, sculpture, oil painting, colour and design, basic architecture and history of art.
Upon leaving Teacher’s College Eva joined a portrait painting class with Jerold Nathan for one year. In 1973 Eva joined the Hornsby Art Society and has been honoured with a Life Membership. Over the years Eva has worked in most capacities on the Society’s committee, including President, Secretary, Exhibition Manager, Treasurer and Publicity Officer.
When Eva’s two children were in Primary School she enrolled in an Art Certificate course at Hornsby TAFE and commenced 6 years of full and part time participation.
Figurative art has always been Eva’s passion and to maintain her development she attended weekly life drawing classes. Eva ran the Hornsby Art Society’s life classes for many years and taught students at the Evening Colleges in Hornsby, Wahroonga and Castle Hill.
Eva developed her sculpture at various classes taught by Alan Somerville, Ingrid Morley, Meadowbank TAFE and Christine Simpson.
Currently Eva is the Secretary of The Sculptors Society.
Eva is also a member of several art groups, which meet to paint from the model on a regular basis, namely The Shed, run by Christine Simpson and Susan Cesarini’s Portrait group at Epping.
Eva has been involved in many group exhibitions over the years, with the Sculptors Society and Portrait Artists 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, USA, and UK.
She will be participating in the Florence Biennale in October 2015.
Working in watercolours, acrylics and mixed media, Shazia's recent work explores the infinite expressiveness of the subjects.
"Art and design is something I’m very passionate about. Use of colour, shape, texture and light defines my style in capturing the personality and emotions of the subject.
Life study is a focus in most of my sculptures and paintings. I also enjoy painting urban scenes.
I love the spontaneity of watercolours. I’ve worked with all traditional and new media but I predominantly work in watercolours. Although I don’t want to limit myself with any certain style or technique, I enjoy all mediums and techniques."
Some of her paintings are available to purchase online here
Contacts us to enquire about painting and portrait commissions
Angelika Erbsland is the winner of 27 first prizes and 54 second and other prizes in various competitions in Australia. Angelika won the Packer's Prize in the Archibald portrait exhibition in 1993.
Angelika's work covers a broad range of subject matter and media in a modern contemporary style mainly in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. Best known for use of colour and figurative work, she is also inspired by landscape textures on her travels.
Some of her paintings are available to purchase online here
She is a member of Portrait Artists Australia and take portrait commissions. Contacts us here to enquire
Mariana Ariza is a Sydney artist. She focuses on portraiture and takes inspiration from many sources and styles, but has great admiration for the great portrait masters of the late 19th and 20th century such as Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla and the early impressionists.
She is intrigued by the possibilities of painting the human face and the beauty of capturing the character and soul of her subject somewhere between the canvas and the brush.
She also loves landscapes and is inspired by the perfect design and harmony of nature, striving to depict the atmospheric quality of light.
Having won several prizes at different art shows, she continues to pursue studies in fine arts.
Mariana is available for portrait commissions. Contacts us to enquire about portrait commissions
Kasey Sealy began painting at the age of 17 in 1978, and has painted professionally since 1980. He is a member of a noted family of artists. Kasey is renowned for his mastery of Light & Atmosphere.
His articles are regularly published in Australian Artist Magazine and International Artist.
Kasey has studied and painted in many countries including the UK, France, New Zealand, USA & Italy – particuarly Venice.. He still takes regular painting trips around Australia, as his love of the Australian bush is very much the source of his inspiration.
He was previously a regular lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, but now holds tutorials for Art Society members throughout Australia, and holds his own home tutorials for individuals in his studio. He also teaches art at the Fine Arts League of Asheville in the USA. He also judges art shows.
Kasey maintains his drawing skills by attending Life Drawing sessions on a regular basis.
Hobbies include, playing tennis, occasional fly fishing, collecting and “tasting” wine – (especially Shiraz) and viewing and collecting Fine art. He also likes to take advantage of the beautiful bush trails around his home in Berowra for the occasional stroll.
Kasey states: “My work is a direct influence of the impressionist style of painting with a direct hand-eye co-ordination in front of the subject trying to capture the subtleties of mood, light and atmosphere while always trying to avoid any formulation, sentimentality and cliche’, giving the individual viewer a unique visual experience every time.”
Kasey is a true artist, and does not betray his love of creativity. He is always drawn to particular subjects for the fleeting magic they hold at the time, and never only for a commercial benefit. But it is always a source of excitement when astute art lovers appreciate and value his work.
Creativity has been an integral part of Roselle's life , be it painting , drawing, sewing , interior designs or photography.
Basically she has woven her passion for art into her daily life while working as a nurse and growing a family.
Studying "art" at school gave a grounding to Roselle's interest, developing into a hobby and later studying at TAFE, completing a certificate 3 in fine arts.
Encouraged by Peter , her husband Roselle opened a market stall at Berry on the South Coast NSW to sell art and photography, later joining a cooperative gallery, all with encouraging success and gaining some commissions. Roselle has exhibited at the biannual Sea Change Exhibition at Jervis Bay on 3 occasions ,and has had a joint exhibition in an art space at the same event. Also exhibited at Merrogal Woman's Art Exhibition, Nowra.
Artworks by Roselle express her love of nature and scenery , expressed in a variety of media and styles.
"Art making is a staple for me, a necessity. The art making process nourishes, challenges, provokes, humbles and provides grounding and perspective. My surroundings constantly influence my technique and choice of materials.
Texture and colour, light and movement remain my constant sources of inspiration. Such elements are observed and recorded on a conscious and subconscious level daily. This collection of thoughts and experiences tend to build and then eventually pour out into the canvas. I remain open to the concept of change pushing myself to engage in the exploration of tools and mediums. My constant is the tactility of my work and the subject matter that being Mother Nature.
I aspire to create work that evokes emotion and warms the soul. A tribute to life and an appreciation of our natural surroundings.
Art making is both personal and therapeutic for me. My internal doctrine has never embraced a work to live mentality only live to love and live to paint. "
Abstract figurative forms, an interest in the distribution of mass in space, and a concern for conveying human emotions are the hallmarks of Patricia Lawrence’s artistic practice.
Working in the lost wax casting technique, Patricia creates reductive, modernist influenced sculptures that capture states of repose and muse on human relationships. Sand piece moulding is a second technique used by Patricia with interlocking moulds made from a sand-based mixture to produce a bronze impression with a fine texture.
"Sculpting the human figure seemed to be appropriate before moving off into other areas. However, it has remained as my endless, fascinating, main challenge. My response over the years has varied using both representational and abstract forms ranging from miniature to large-scale outdoor work.
The challenge is to suggest feelings, activity or relationships in a sculptural way. This involves ideas of line, volume, space, rhythm and stillness.
My natural environment, studies and life itself have all influenced the way I conceive and carry out these ideas.
A few of my sculptures are carved in stone. Most of them are made first in clay or plaster, depending on the size. A mould, then a positive are made, either by me or at Crawford’s foundry. Finally, the sculpture is cast in bronze at the foundry, using the lost wax method and/or sandcasting. "
Stephanie Powell is a multi-award winning visual artist and fashion designer. After completing an associate diploma in fashion design she went on to do a variety of courses including sculpture, pottery on the wheel, life drawing and cartooning. Stephanie is passionate about the environment and often uses recycled materials in her work. She often creates artworks that have a sense of character and whimsy.
I grew up in NYC on Roosevelt Island and currently reside in Woodside, Queens. I studied the visual arts throughout my childhood and formally trained in theatrical scenic and lighting design. Shortly before dropping out of graduate school I had returned to my roots in photography and painting something serious and abruptly altered my path. I hocked my trade for several years by lighting plays and painting scenery deep in the trenches of Off-Broadway, some TV and Summer Stock and toured nationally many times over with actors and jazz musicians all the while taking advantage of those opportunities to refine my visual acuity.
The past decade I have worked primarily as a teaching artist in schools and for charitable organizations throughout the city. In 2007 I founded the photography program at the Harlem Children’s Zone triggering my further immersion into candid portraiture whereas for nearly six years after I ran an art and photography program for adults with moderate to severe developmental disabilities during the course of which I realized there were many shared visual commonalities as well as restrictions. That discovery forced me to radically transform my own work and spend the subsequent years producing a new series of mixed media paintings. To date there are eleven pieces.
Art & Dharma is a Melbourne-based stencil artist, who has been creating stencil art for the past three years. His subject matter is often inspired by people’s resilience in the face of hardship, and the desire to make a difference in the world. Art & Dharma cites travel and Buddhism as his biggest inspirations.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Art & Dharma seeks a clean, structured style that combines aspects of both art and design.
Art & Dharma likes the often obscure and seemingly random shapes of stencils that when layered reveal detail, and tries to maintain a happy medium between a stylistic, and realistic approach.
Determination is an essential characteristic of the artist whose work evolves from experimentation. By using unorthodox methods and unconventional materials chance plays a major, exciting role, but you have to know how to use the chance, how to recognise it. Chance, when understood properly, still involves discipline.
Sharon Lam is a Melbourne artist who has a Bachelor of Design Studies (Graphic Design) from the Queensland College of Art, as well as degrees in Information Science and Building Design.
The media she usually works in are watercolours, colour pencils and oils. Sharon likes to capture human emotion and portray complex feelings as simplified art.
"Born in Sydney Australia I studied Graphic Art & Design and Computer Graphics. Attended various workshops with Master Artists including Joseph Zbukvic, Herman Pekel and John Wilson.
Art began for me as a young girl taking an interest in drawing and oil painting. Self taught back then, I continued art right through school going on to pursue Graphic Art, Design and Photography.
I am constantly hounded by the beautiful world around me and the potential paintings to be created. Having travelled to many parts of the world and around Australia it is where I find my inspirations.
I work in different media including watercolour, acrylics, oils, pencil and gouache airbrushing. The medium I use usually depends on how I see the finished product.
I am passionate about creating things, from paintings to designs or any project that includes a bit of creativity."
"Painting has always been my passion. I received my Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Pakistan in 1993. Following my education, I found myself spending some extraordinary years in Paris. Paris left its impact on my soul. I breathed art and took every opportunity to enhance my artistic abilities by enrolling in different art courses such as water colours, porcelain painting, silk painting and visiting galleries, museums, cultural and fashion shows.
My journey through France and the rest of Europe, combined with my South Asian heritage has produced within me a myriad of thoughts ready to burst forth in colour on canvas.
Although I love all mediums, oils and acrylics are my favourite, especially using the palette knife to create interesting textures. I approach each piece intuitively and manipulate the colour into a spontaneous visual form which brings up unspoken feelings in the viewer's mind..." - Ayesha Gillani
Kerrie Wilson is a Sydney based artist.
Kerrie takes inspiration from the sea, marine life, rainforests and the coast. Her background in marine biology informs her artworks.
She works mainly with acrylics, inks and pen, and using spray and drip techniques. She enjoys experimenting with texture and colour, using multi-layering techniques in various mediums, styles and subjects.
Her paintings showcase vibrancy of colour and abstract style in a delightful manner.
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