Born in Somerset, England in 1953, Amanda Jane showed promise in art from an early age. Encouraged by her father, Amanda would always spend her spare time sketching and designing. She continues paints in her maiden name to honour him. At the age of 17 Amanda received her first commercial commission for a mural that still exists.
After travelling around the world and becoming exposed to multiple cultures, Amanda finally settled in Australia. Until 1986, Amanda had not had any formal Art training. She started a class with Thelma Cardwell and later with Beryl McCarthey. Amanda then studied oil painting with the McNeil Academy of realist artists for 5 years and exhibited in Bendigo, Echuca and Melbourne. Till now Amanda‘s talents were acknowledged in the form of several awards from the numerous art exhibitions she had entered throughout Victoria.
In 1998, Amanda moved to Woodend and joined the Woodend Art Group and started experimenting with new artistic methods of expression. Amanda has entered and sold works at the prestigious Camberwell Art Show since 2009. Amanda continues travelling this road to discoveries of new mediums and techniques. She is never short of ideas or subject. At present Amanda‘s works can be viewed at local Galleries, Group Exhibitions and Woodend Art Walk
Born in the UK in 1964, Helen immigrated to Australia in 1969 with her family. They settled in the Victorian rural coastal town of Inverloch where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood full of wild adventures, gorgeous scenery and her beloved horses. Helen has always been interested in art and enjoyed drawing throughout her childhood. Introduced to oils during secondary school, she dabbled in this medium until discovering pastels in 2006. Initially she attended classes with pastel artist Kim Hope-Balmain, daughter of renowned Melbourne tonal painter John Balmain (1923-2000), falling in love with the gorgeous pastel and paper colours available, the forgiving nature of pastel painting, and the glorious effects which are able to be achieved.
Until 2011 she focussed mainly on animal portraiture in a realist style, selling paintings through word of mouth. More recently however, and particularly after an inspiring trip to Italy, her focus has changed and she has been concentrating on landscapes, sea scapes and portraiture. Before moving to Woodend in 2014 Helen was an active member of Peninsula Art Society, and McClelland Guild of Artists as well as the Pastel Society of Victoria. She regularly attended demonstrations by both local and international artists, and has attended workshops with artists such as Joanne Seberry and Agata Lalek. She was the winner of the Victorian Pastel Society award for the Best Emerging Artist of 2012 and winner of Best Pastel at the McClelland Guild of Artists art show in 2013.
I am a self-taught artist and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. A life time of looking at, thinking about and doing art.
I have exhibited in many exhibitions and have won awards from the Wild Life Art Society for my work.
I have commissioned work in the USA, England and France.
The media that I work in are clay, textile, papier-mache, oils, water colour and acrylic.I love it all.
Helen is a self taught artist who works in pastel, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. She has found the wonder of colour and light a constant inspiration over her 30 years of painting. Helen has taught painting privately and professionally over many years and her commitment and passion for art is revealed in her involvement in a number of art societies and committees. She is also the Artistic Director of the Kilmore Art Expo, and is a participant in the Mitchell Shire Artists' Open Studio event which runs annually.
Helen's work has been published in the Australian Artist Magazine, Artist's Palette Magazine, Ehues (AGRA) and the Pastel Society of Victoria magazine. Sale of her work and awards won encourages Helen to continue her artistic journey. She has entered and sold her work in numerous art shows and exhibitions over many years and to date has won over 120 awards, prizes and commendations. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections throught Australia, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Denmark and Scotland.
She regularly exhibits at the Old Courthouse Gallery, Seymour;Australian Guild of Realist Artists Gallery, Camberwell; Cope-Williams Winery & Gallery, Romsey; Veneto Blu Gallery & Restaurant, Seymour and Blue Dragonfly Restaurant, Kilmore along with many major regional art shows.
Margaret Morgan Watkins
I paint in watercolour, acrylic, oil, silk paint and pastel and of late have been having some fun doing acrylic pouring (creating cells, doing swipes, ring pours etc).
- GROUP EXHIBITION AT THE MAD GALLERY IN LANCEFIELD VIC FROM 1 DECEMBER UNTIL 1 FEBRUARY 2018 ENTITLED ANYTHING GOES XI - "EXIT"
- SOLO EXHIBITION AT THE MAD GALLERY IN LANCEFIELD VIC FROM 6 OCTOBER UNTIL 1 DECEMBER 2017.
- WORKSHOP - SILK PAINTING - at Woodend Art Group's Gallery at the historic railway station on 8 JULY 2018.
- WORKSHOP - ACRYLIC POURING - at Woodend Art Group's Gallery at the railway station on 5 JULY 2018
- WORKSHOP - ACRYLIC POURING - at Woodend Art Group's Gallery at the historic railway station on SUNDAY 20 MAY 2018. Maximum number for classes is 10.
- WORKSHOP - at Woodend Art Group on 17 March 2018 - I held an Acrylic Pouring Workshop.
- Other WORKSHOPS I have held include watercolours, silk painting and acrylic pour painting.
I have received awards judged by such noted artists as Carl Anderson, David K Taylor, Richard Chamerski, Karolyn Mitchell, Tim Jones & Kevin Boucher.
Many of my paintings have been purchased by interstate and overseas buyers. I have been commissioned to paint Australian landscapes in watercolour for hanging in Malaysia
Hon. Mention for a silk painting at the 2013 Kilmore Art Expo‚ judged by Richard Chamerski
Hon. Mention at The Art Beyond the Divide Art Expo in Seymour for a silk painting judged by the Assistant Curator of the Benalla Art Gallery
Best Oil in Show‚ Broadford Art Show 2015 judged by Karolyn Mitchell
Hon. Mention at Wooded Art Group's Annual Show November 2016 judged by Tim Jones for oil painting Sunset Lancefield/Woodend Road
I have received many awards for paintings hanging in many local art shows
Open for Commission work.
I have a range of clothing depicting my paintings available on https://shopvida.com/collections/margaret-morgan
All paintings are sold signed on front by artist and are original paintings. Authenticity certificate issued on request.
More of my works can be viewed : http://margaretmorganwatkins.com/ :www.facebook.com/MargaretMorganWatkinsArtist
Impressionists, countryside, rocks, sea, garden, flowers, sky, emotive work, Very passionate about the Black Saturday fires that started across the road from my home, hence I painted a Fire Series of oil paintings to get them out of my system, 2017 have been experimenting with acrylic pouring painting and having fun along the way.
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Born in rural East Sussex, England, Lynn Munn began her life-long love for animals at her first home. Growing up on a farm, Lynn lived closely amongst nature and farm animals – her father tending to the sheep and cattle or milking the house cow, and herself helping whenever possible and spending most of her free time with her horses. Now, living locally in the Macedon Ranges, Lynn is capturing emotions and memories with the recent exploration of the arts.
Whether it be an animal-rescuer like Lynn, or a lover of the natural world, she endeavours to spark happiness and curiosity within. Having an affinity for pastels, Lynn's artwork has been sold locally and overseas. Lynn participates in local art shows, winning awards: Highly Commended Pastel at the Trentham Easter Art Craft Show 2017 and the Major prize at the Woodend Art Group 40th Annual Art Show 2017. Best Pastel Trentham Art show 2018 and also Highly Commended for the Gweneth Portrait Prize at the Trentham Art show 2018.
John Vander Reest
John has been painting for many years. He has always had an interest in images, pictures, pen and paper. From an early age he read and made works of art and later started exhibiting his works. He has exhibited in Germany, Melbourne and at the art societies where he is a member, namely the VAS (the Victorian Art Society) and at WAG (the Woodend Art Society).
John has been sharing his art not only by exhibiting and his website but also by teaching and talking about art. He ran a community program – for which he got funding from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council - and named it: Dabblers’ Delight.
John shows a wide field of interests in his painting. He usually does not work to a theme, but believes that all of life and nature shows something of God’s goodness and grace. An exception perhaps are the four painting on Jonah the prophet. These painting are semi abstract in nature. He likes his paintings to be a reminder of the places he visited in Europe, Germany, Belgium (Brugge), France (Paris), Portugal (Lisbon) and many places in England and the Netherlands. You will find these themes in many of the paintings.
John has been fortunate to sell much of his art. So far, he has been able to sell his works at a reasonable price, because for John painting is a hobby, rather than having to make a living out of his art. He enjoys his art and finds it relaxing. He now also produces art cards, which are a reflection of his art.
In his teenage years, after WWII, John migrated with his family to Australia, a journey he experienced as a great adventure. Six weeks on the boat, throwing coins to divers at Port Said, the Neptune ceremony on the Equator and the flying fish, are still vivid memories.
John has had many teachers. Barbara Mc Manus from VAS was his instructor in pastels and early oils. Nel Frysteen and Annie Finkelde were watercolour teachers. Gregory Smith had a great influence on his style of painting, by teaching him the tonal realism, which John implements in his paintings. Lately John is working on his own to develop his own style and genre. Seeing he is now fully retired, John hopes to run an art class in 2019 in watercolour and oils at WAG.
You can contact John by email: firstname.lastname@example.org