Max Angus am 


Born Hobart, Tasmania 1914.  Painter, author, designer and lecturer.

First art classes at Hobart Technical College 1930 - 32.  Worked as a graphic artist in Melbourne 1938 - 41.

Served with General Staff Intelligence World War II 1942 - 45.  Returned to Tasmania.  Studied with Jack Carington Smith for a Fine Arts Diploma, awarded 1950.  Conducted a series of television programmes on early colonial painters for the ABC 1963.  Designed and illustrated ABC School Broadcast booklets annually for New South Wales and Victoria 1956 - 73.

In 1975 he wrote and designed The World of Olegras Truchanas, a book which had an 'extraordinary critical publishing success'.

During the 1950's and 1960's designed and completed a number of theatre sets for opera and musicals at Hobart's historic Theatre Royal.  Wrote and designed a limited edition memorial volume on the life and work of colonial artist Simpkinson de Wesselow, landscape painter in Van Dieman's land and the Port Phillip district 1844-1848, published in 1984 by Blubber Head Press.  In 1978 Max Angus was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to art and the community. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Art Society for the Arts (London) in 1987.  In 2007 was made an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute.

In 1996 he wrote and designed a book (autobiographical in part), Salute to Watercolour.


Crouch Award for Watercolour (Ballarat) 1962.

BP Art Purchase Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 1970.

City of Hobart Art Prize 1988.

Recipient of an award made by the Tasmanian Government to 'ten distinguished artists' during 10 days on the Island celebrations March 2007.


Regular exhibitor with Art Society of Tasmania from 1948-2007 (life member).

Periodic exhibitions with the Australian Watercolour Institute from 1946 to the present, culminating in a retrospective exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 'A Lifetime in Watercolour' presented jointly with a showing of seven mural panels titled 'The Gaslighter' painted in 1969.


Australian National Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Ballarat Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and University of Tasmania.

Suzanne Archer



Born Guildford, Surrey, England, 1945.  Studied Sutton School of Art, England 1962-64.  Arrived in Australia 1965.

Her first solo painting exhibition was at the Clune Galleries, Sydney in 1969.  Her most recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Horsepower’, Campbelltown Arts Centre 2005; ‘Horses for Courses’, War Memorial Art Gallery, University of Sydney 2004; ‘Predators & Prey’, BBA Gallery, Sydney 2001; ‘Sculpture & Collage’, Coventry Gallery, Sydney 1999.  Recent Group Exhibitions include: ‘Walking the Line’, Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney 2005; ‘International Contemporary Drawing Art’, touring exhibition to Central Academy Fine Arts, China 2003; and ‘Distant Noises’, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Faculty Gallery, Melbourne 2003.

Awards include: the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales 1994; Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustees’ Watercolour Prize & John and Elizabeth Newham Pring Memorial Prize 1986; Fellowship, Visual Arts and Craft Board, Australia Council 1993.

Suzanne has been awarded Artist-in-Residencies at the Green Street Studio, New York and the Power Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris 1978-79.

She is represented in numerous public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian National Gallery, and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2000.


Present Day Art in Australia, Art & Australia and Ure Smith & Co.,1969

Ron Rowe, Modern Australian Sculpture, Rigby, 1977

Australian Perspecta (exhibition catalogues), 1981 and 1985, AGNSW

Arthur McIntyre, Australian Contemporary Drawing, Boolarong Publications, 1989

Nevill Drury, Images 3.  Contemporary Australian Painting, Fine Art Publishing, 1998

Peter Pinson, common ground (exhibition catalogue essay), Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 2000

Peter Pinson, ‘Common Ground – Four Wedderburn Painters’, Art & Australia, Summer 2002

Sioux Garside, Horsepower (exhibition catalogue essay), Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2005.

Represented by Wallspace Gallery, Sydney.

Coralie Armstrong


                       Ediacaran Fossil Fields, May 2006

                                    52 x 72 cms   


Born NSW. Studied science at University of Sydney.  Attended evening classes at the Royal Art Society of NSW in 1966, 67 and 70 with Allan Hansen and Frederic Bates; scholarship student 1967,  that included landscape watercolour classes with

G. K. Townshend. Attended evening art classes in London 1968, 69 with R. Coxon; landscape classes with Fred Bates, Sydney 1970–80.  Moved to Adelaide 1981 and attended tutorials in painting with Bruce Vinall, 1981– '83, '85 and '86 and Robert Hannaford 1984.

Exhibited in various country exhibitions and awarded prizes at Condobolin, Wellington and Dubbo, NSW, Alice Springs, NT, Campbelltown, Tea Tree Gully, Murray Bridge and Lobethal in SA. Represented in Broken Hill City Art Gallery. Paintings hung in the Wynne 1973 and Portia Geach 1974 exhibitions.  Commended in the Doug Moran Portrait Competition, 1987.  Won the works on paper section of the 2006 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.

Exhibitions at the Royal Art Society NSW, 1972 & 1990; Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, 1976, Lithgow Valley Pottery, 1977; Lombard Gallery, Adelaide, 1985; Royal Art Society, NSW, 1990; Royal SA Society of Arts Gallery, 1995; John Dunn Gallery, Bridgewater, 1996 and 1998; Albert Street Gallery, Mittagong, NSW, 1997 & 2000.

Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, 2001 & '03 (shared); Scarlatties Clare Valley, 2003; Hahndorf Academy 2005.  Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1973; Fellow of the Royal Art Society, NSW; Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.  


Graham Austin oam



Born Sydney 1941. Painter in watercolour, oil, acrylic. Studied at National Art School, East Sydney Technical College 1957–61. Member AWI from 1972, President 1989-2003 and Life Member 1997. President, Peninsula Art Society 1986–88. Foundation Senior Vice-President/President Drummoyne Art Society 1964–1967. Taught at Drummoyne Art Society 1965–67; Meadowbank Tech. Art School 1967–69; Ku-ring-gai Art Centre 1991. Solo exhibitions held at Nature House Gallery 1981; Imprint Gallery 1986; Gallery One 1987, Menzies Hotel 1988; North Sydney Contemporary Gallery 1989; ART Gallery 1994.Many group exhibitions including: Melbourne 1974; USA 1997; New Zealand 1977/78, ACT 1981/82; Mexico 1990, 94, 96 UK 1991, Spain 1991/95, Canada 1992, Hong Kong 1997. Study tours to Kimberley WA 1988/89/90, Northern Territory 1990, Bali, UK, France, Italy, Singapore 1990. Over 30 major awards, many commendations. Represented in Manly Art Gallery; Lismore Art Trust; Drummoyne, Ryde, Waverley and Warringah Councils, Montrose Wines, Tomago Aluminium, Trinity Grammar, Kincoppal College, many private collections in Australia, UK, USA, Hong Kong and Japan.

Graham was awarded the Order of Australia in 2006 - for service to the visual arts as a painter, particularly through the Australian Watercolour Institute.

Bibliography: Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson 1968; Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Landsdowne 1979 and subsequent editions; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780–1980, Rigby 1983; Warringah 1988, Warringah Council, 1988; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780 to the present day, Craftsman House, 1989; Who’s Who of Australian Visual Artists, Thorpe, 1995.

International Artist Oct/Nov98. Australian Artist Oct’90, Jun’96, Sept’00, Dec’01. Australian Artist Watercolour Annual 97, 98

Bob Baird


Born Sydney, 1948. Studied at St. George Technical College 1963-65, Julian Ashton Art School 1968-69, the National Art School and Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education 1974-77, and Sydney Teachers’ College 1977-78. He travelled extensively through Europe studying the works of Rembrandt, Lucian Freud and Cézanne.

Since 1975, he has been the recipient of numerous commissions in portraiture and in landscape painting. He conducted solo and group exhibitions at Holdsworth Gallery, Woollahra 1987-96.

He has been a finalist in prizes including: the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 1992, 1996, 2000; the Archibald Prize 1994; and the Dobell Prize for Drawing 1997. He was appointed Artist-in-Residence at Dobell House in 1998, where his solo exhibition, ‘A tribute to Dobell’ was held in 1999. He participated in the exhibition ‘Portraits 2001; An Australian Odyssey’ which toured New South Wales Regional Galleries in 2001-02.

Bob Baird has practiced extensively as a professional musician. He was engaged in backing and jazz performances and recording 1965-2006. He has been touring yearly since 2002 playing Jazz in British, European, American and Australian Jazz Festivals.      

He is represented in collections including: the Reserve Bank of Australia; College of Fine Arts, the University of New South Wales; Australian Workers’ Union Head Office, South Australia; His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales; IBM Australia and the United States of America; The Art Gallery of New South Wales; the National Library of Australia; the State Library of New South Wales; Warringah Shire Libraries; Sydney Teachers Credit Union; the Pastel Society of America Collection NY; University of Sydney; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery;Tweed Heads Regional Art Gallery’s Australian Portrait Collection, University of Technology in Sydney; National Gallery of Australia and private collections in Europe and Australia.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1989. Fellow of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales, and the Pastel Society of America (NY).  Full-time art educator with the Department of Technical and Further Education, 1980-2007.


6th International Print Biennale. Bradford Art Gallery, 1979.

Directory of Australian Printmakers. Biographical Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom 1987.

Australian Artist magazine. No. 94 April 1992, No. 119 May 1994, No. 128 February 1995.

Australian Watercolour Institute 75th Anniversary 1923-1998. The Beagle Press, 1998. 

Pastel Artist International. November/December 1999, January 2000.


Margaret Bendit


                                                'Red Room'

Born Sydney.  Studied at the National Art School from 1946-50, having won a scholarship at the age of fifteen.  Her student contemporaries were the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Training Scheme group of ex-servicemen, many of whom would establish considerable reputations as painters and sculptors.  This group included two students with whom she became closely associated: Tony Tuckson, whom she found 'inspirational', and Guy Boyd.  During this period, she worked with Guy Boyd decorating 'Martin Boyd' pottery.  Later, she studied for several years with Frederic Bates.  She came to favour watercolours for those properties which made it an ideal medium to use while travelling.  Her paintings are generally concerned with the positioning of figures in space, and in the evoking of mood.

She has been awarded numerous prizes including: the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Modern Figurative Prize 1997, 2000, 2004; Hunter's Hill Prize1998; Waverly Watercolour Prize 1993, 1995.  She is represented in the collections of Macquarie University and Trinity Grammar School.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1999.


John Borrack


Graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology completing the Certificate of Art, Associate Diploma of Art and finally the Fellowship Diploma of Art – majoring in painting and drawing with complementary studies in Fine Art at Melbourne University. During 1964, 1975 and 1982 he studied and painted extensively in France, Spain, UK and Italy. Taught art in Melbourne secondary schools for eleven years before lecturing in painting and drawing at Melbourne State College for a further 13 years until 1982. Since then has painted full-time at his Mernda studio in the Plenty Valley, throughout Australia and abroad. In 1993 and 1995 he studied and painted in USA. Member of the AWI since 1989. His aim has always been to reconcile the incredibly deceptive atmospheric mood qualities of the skies, the vast distances, the colour and light on the undulating forms of mountains, trees and plains with a sense of structure and form.  The Plenty Valley which inspired the artist in all aspects of landscape from his earliest years has played a formative role in the way he looks at landscape and space. Represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, regional galleries in Victoria and Queensland, Australia Club, Sydney, Commonwealth Club, Canberra, Melbourne Club, Queensland Club and leading corporate collections in Australia.


Graham Bryce   




Born in Sydney. Had his first art lessons at school in London. Enrolled at Julian Ashton’s where he studied with Henry Gibbons, John Passmore and Eric Wilson, both on a full and part time basis. Employed in the advertising industry where his career prospered. Worked in Sydney, London, Paris then back to Sydney working at a high executive level. Elected a member of the Design Institute of Australia. Won industry awards for design, illustration, film and TV. Lectured in Graphic Design at Randwick TAFE. Appointed Senior Head Teacher there in 1982. Awarded many prizes for his work. Has had a number of one man shows and joined in many group shows. He is a published author; a member of the Royal Art Society of NSW and a member of the AWI since 1981.Represented in the collections of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the National Library, Canberra, regional galleries and many notable private collections.


Bibliography: Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Craftsman House, 1984/90; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters, 1780 to the present day, Craftsman House, 1989.

 John Caldwell 



                                            'August Light'


Born Sydney 1942. After leaving school, spent 10 years working on pastoral properties, mostly in the Channel Country of south-western Queensland. Worked in London, 1969–72. Full time study at UNSW 1972–76, began painting at this time, but has had no formal art training. Since 1976, has painted and exhibited continuously as full-time career, living in Sydney until 1984, when he moved to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains where he now lives. Travelling has resulted in exhibitions which focus on specific places. An official invitation to Antarctica in 1987 with artists Bea Maddock and Jan Senbergs led to a touring exhibition through Tasmania, NSW and Qld. In 1992 was the artist-in-residence at the Ipswich Coal Fields which was followed by an extended travelling programme to regional galleries (1992–94). Time spent in France and the UK in 1993 was followed by several exhibitions. Currently a series of work, ‘Granite Country’, based on the natural landscape between Stanthorpe in Qld and Bathurst, is touring NSW and Qld.

Selected awards: Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustees Watercolour Prize 1984, 87; Tattersall’s Landscape Prize 1997. Has held a continuing programme of solo and group exhibitions since 1976. Member of the AWI since 1977. Vice-President of the AWI 1981–84. Represented in The Art Gallery of New South Wales; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; regional galleries and institutional collections, as well as corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Bibliography: Peter Boyer and Hendrik Kolenberg, Antarctic Journey: three artists in Antarctica, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780–1980, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989; Neville Drury, New Art 4, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1990; Hendrik Kolenberg, 1880s to 1990s Australian Watercolours from the Gallery’s Collection, AGNSW, Sydney, 1995.

Rob Candy


Born Melbourne, 1953.  He began painting watercolours at Ku-ring-gai Arts Centre during the 1980's with Owen Thompson, and at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales with Frederic Bates OAM.  He has a degree in Geography and this informs his analysis of and appreciation for the landscape.

Rob visited Normandy in France in 2003, and this experience led to his solo exhibition with the theme of the fisherman of Honflur, France. 

He has been a featured artist in the Australian Artist magazine(October 1996, June 2002, September 2004 and November 2005).  The most recent of these essays examined his painting from Tuscany.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005, Associate Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW and a Member of Ku-ring-gai Art Society.

Patrick Carroll


                      “The Sunshower Darling Harbour”


Born Bathurst, NSW 1949. Studied part-time Bathurst Technical College, 1960–63. In 1968 moved to Sydney. Studied part time with Roma Lewington, Henry Hanke and Alan Hansen 1970–74. In 1974 held his first solo exhibition at the Styles Gallery, Sydney. Following the success of this show, became a full-time painter. Exhibited widely throughout NSW in solo and group shows, 1975–98. Became a member of the Peninsula Art Society, 1981; elected member of AWI, 1984; undertook occasional teaching and painting workshops throughout NSW, 1987. Numerous awards and commendations for his work since 1965 including Bathurst Agricultural Show, Secondary School Student Award, 1965; ACTA Maritime Award, 1987; Doug Moran in ‘Search of Excellence’ Award, 1989; Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize Award, 1990; various awards, Royal Agricultural Society, Royal Easter Show Awards, 1977–94. Represented in Campbelltown Regional Art Gallery; Dubbo Regional Art Gallery; Lismore City Art Gallery; P.& O. Maritime Collection; Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize Collection; numerous private and corporate collections in Australia, Japan, USA, Europe and New Zealand.

Bibliography: Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Lansdowne, 1979; Australian Artist, 1984, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 95, 97; Patrick Carroll ‘Gravitas’, Manly Art Gallery and Museum exhibition catalogue, 1995 Publications: John O’Brien, Around the Boree Log, a selection of verse illustrated by Patrick Carroll.

Malcolm Carver



Malcolm Carver is an Architect and Principal of Scott Carver Architects, a Sydney based practice.

His passion for architecture is only matched by a keen interest in sketching, painting and etching. With an eye for detail in buildings and a fascination with light, Malcolm is increasingly pursuing the immediacy of watercolour to bring life and richness to his art. Etching is a night studio pursuit and he draws constantly with a immense passion always seeking to communicate graphically.

Over the past 25 years he has travelled extensively in Europe, Central Australia, China and the Americas. He has devoted these experiences to creating extensive travel sketch books, providing valuable inspiration for architecture and his studio work.

Whilst the pursuit of art is as demanding in rigour as the passion in some is to reduce their golf handicap, Malcolm has an arguable expectation to be an artist when he grows up and not play golf !

Judy Cassab cbe ao



Born Vienna 1920. Studied Prague, 1939, Budapest Academy, 1945–49. Arrived in Australia in 1951. Many solo exhibitions since 1953. Prizes and awards: The Perth Prize, 1955; The Women’s Weekly Prize, 1955/56; The Archibald Prize, 1961; The Helena Rubinstein Prize , Perth, 1964; Charles Lloyd Jones Memorial Prize, 1965; The Archibald Prize, 1968; awarded the CBE, 1969; Sir Charles Jones Memorial Prize, 1971, 72 and 73; awarded the AO, 1988; The Trustees Watercolour Prize, 1994. Received Honorary Doctorate, Sydney University, 1995; Winner of Nita Kibble Literary Award, for Diaries, 1996; Winner of Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, 1996; The Pring Prize, 1997,98. Member of the AWI since 1995. Represented: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and most State Galleries; many regional galleries; New Parliament House, Canberra; Artbank High Court of Australia; Reserve Bank Collection; The National Portrait Gallery, London; Nuffield Foundation, Oxford, England; Rugby Museum, England; National Gallery, Budapest; Janus Pannonius Museum, Pecs, Hungary; United Nations Building, Geneva and many private collections in Australia and overseas. Bibliography: Elwyn Lynn, Judy Cassab: Places, Faces and Fantasies, Macmillan 1984; Lou Klepac, Portraits of Artists and Friends, The Beagle Press, 1998.

Alvaro Castagnet


           Nocturna - Paris by Night, Watercolour   75x56cms

He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.  His early interest in art was cultivated mainly by his father, who sent him to the  National School of Art in Montevideo. He went on to study oil painting at the Fine Arts University.

He emigrated to Australia in 1983 and two years later was appointed Art Director of Melbourne’s Latin American Festival.  Extensive travel throughout the USA, Mexico, South America, Europe and Australia, have broadened the vision, depth and diversity of his work. Alvaro Castagnet is an expressive painter, portraying a strong, impressive and colorful style with superb interpretation of light effects, capturing the soul of the places he paints.

Alvaro Castagnet has an established reputation. His works have been acquired by private and corporate collectors worldwide. He has held solo exhibitions annually in Australia since 1985, and has been invited to participate in the Cross-Century Asian Pacific Watercolor Exhibition in 1997, 1998, and 1999, at Chung-Cheng Gallery, National Taiwan Arts Education Institute. In February 2000 he was invited to participate in the auction/exhibition “The art of saving lives” at Sotheby’s Australia. He is a member of  AWS , New York, Honorary member Ohio watercolor society, and AWI since March, 2009

Australian national awards include the Alice Bale Award First Prize, and First Prize at St. Kevin’s College twice.

2003 &  2009 the prestigious “HIGH WINDS” award and medal by the American Watercolor Society.

In, 2004, he was awarded  “ALFREDO GUATI ROJO” AWARD, by the   AWS.

In April, 2007 he was awarded with “BUD AND GRETCHEN MARBLE MEDAL “ again, by American Watercolor Society in New York.

“Bronze Award”, at the prestigious Camberwell Art Show, in Melbourne, Australia.

Other regional awards are too numerous to mention.

He is the author of the successful book Watercolor Painting with Passion,   and DVD. He has been featured in the anthology 50 Australian Artists, and many other publications around the world.

He is one of five members of the Winterlude painting group, together with Nick Canosa, Patric Carroll, Herman Pekel & Joseph Zbukvic.

Winterlude Book, the painting expeditions is a chronology of paint outs and exhibitions.

“ Inspired watercolour” DVD, has just been released worldwide with great success by APV films.

He also writes regular articles for the AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MAGAZINE, THE ARTIST MAGAZINE, USA & U.K , WATERCOLOR MAGIC , A NUMBER OF DUTCH MAG, and his worked appeared in the premiere issue of “ INTERNATIONAL ARTIST” magazine.

He travels around the world, painting, demonstrating, lecturing judging art competitions and attending exhibitions of his work.

Alvaro Castagnet welcomes communication with art enthusiasts around the world through his web page:     

Ian Chapman


                            'Brickie's Boy' watercolour

Born Sydney 1946. Introduced to watercolour painting in 1965 while studying for an architecture degree at the University of New South Wales. After four years of university, left to study art and enrolled at the Julian Ashton School. Enjoyed Ashton’s intense atmosphere and pursuit of excellence in figure drawing and painting.  After two years was awarded the school prizes in both these disciplines.  In 1973 painted in Indonesia and these mainly figurative watercolours became the first one man show in 1974. This was the first of many solo and group exhibitions.  In 1975 studied oil painting, drawing and etching at the City of Guilds School, London, and in 1976 etching at Hayter’s Atelier 17, Paris. Awarded many prizes and high commendations for his work.  Taught at Julian Ashton School, Sturt University and in his own classes for many years and remains a highly regarded teacher of painting and drawing.  Painted and taught in France 2003 - 2005.

Exhibitions and artist-in-residence, Chateau de Gizeux, Gizeux, France, 2006 & 2007.

Member of the AWI since 1981.

Bibliography: Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson, Melbourne, 1984; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters, 1780 to the present day, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989; Ian Chapman, ‘Drawing, Voyage of Discovery’, Australian Artist Magazine, Sydney, 1996.


Beverley Charker


Born Sydney, 1938. From 1965–70, lived in Bathurst with husband and three daughters. While there took art classes with Eugenie Solanovs, who inspired her with an appreciation and love for art. Awarded the Wilson Stinson Art Prize, Bathurst, 1968. Moved to Sydney, 1970. Enrolled with TAFE and completed the Fine Art Certificate and Post Certificate course at St George Technical College of TAFE and Gymea College of TAFE.  It was here she acquired her love of watercolour through Arthur McNeil and later from Frederic Bates. In 1989 was invited to membership with the AWI after exhibiting since 1984. Exhibited with AWI exhibitions, at Newcastle Region Art Gallery, 1991; the 1st Biennale with the Museo de la Aquarela, Mexico, 1994; Hong Kong, 1996.

Her work is represented at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Western Sydney and in various galleries around Sydney and numerous private collections.Has collected many awards through competitions over the years and is a regular exhibitor in the Delmar Gallery Exhibitions. Loves colour and the effect of one colour against or over another. Uses broad brushstrokes to create a spontaneity and freshness to her work. Is attracted to the Australian bush, particularly the Central West and especially Millthorpe, where she has had many painting trips.

Cam Clarke

Denis Clarke




                          Millicent Farm Bush 2009

After completing a Diploma in Art Education at the National Art School and Alexander
Mackie College in Sydney in 1975, Denis Clarke was awarded the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship and Moya Dyring residency at the Cite International des Arts in Paris.

As a student he exhibited at Macquarie Galleries and Bondi Pavillion in Sydney. In 1975 he progressed to postgraduate studies at the St Martins School of Art, Byam
Shaw and Morley College London. He set up a studio in north London in 1982.

From 1982, Denis lived, exhibited and taught in London and Switzerland,
teaching at the Camden School of Art, London from 1989 to 1998 and exhibiting most notably in London at Gillian Jason Gallery.”50 Years of British Drawing”, The Boundary Gallery from 1988 to 1993 and most recently three one-man shows at
James Colman Gallery who presently represents him in London.

In 1998 Denis returned to live and paint in Sydney, where he is a lecturer in drawing at the National Art School. He has had four one-man shows at the Harris Courtin Gallery in Sydney 2001/02/04/08 In 2003 he was awarded the Blackfriars Drawing Acquisitive.

He is represented in private and public collections in Europe and Australia, including
Macquarie University, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge and Lloyds of London.

Website :

John Conway



Born London, UK, 1922. Student Goldsmiths College 1939–40. Called-up RAF 1941–46 as Radar Mechanic. Demobilised 1946, appointed art teacher Mottingham Secondary Modern School. In 1947 travelled to Australia, appointed art teacher at Riverside, then Bega, then Burwood Girls’ High School until 1952. Returned to UK, 1952–55 to study architecture by part-time  correspondence while art teacher at Lancing Secondary Modern School. Returned to Australia 1955, art teacher at Armidale High. Commenced University of New England External Studies Arts Degree. Appointed Art Lecturer Bathurst Teachers’ College, 1958. In 1967 appointed Head of Department, Wollongong Teachers’ College. In Wollongong formed friendship with Bill Peascod, Col Jordan and Peter Pinson, each exercising an important encouragement in the development of a personal style. Finally Senior Lecturer in Art at Sydney Teachers’ College 1970–82. Invented Art Vending Machine 1975. Art critic, Wollongong Mercury 1967–69; Committee Member, then President, Contemporary Art Society 1972–76. Member of the AWI since 1996. Held solo exhibitions at Ronlyn Gallery, Wollongong, 1973; Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, 1974; ‘Survey of Works on Paper’ 235 Nelson Gallery, Annandale, 1995 and group exhibitions at Central Street Gallery Sydney, ‘Realism ‘71, 1971; George’s Invitation, Canberra, 1973; Hogarth Gallery ‘Special Project Exhibition’, 1975; David Reid’s Gallery ‘Spring Watercolours Invitation’, 1981; Wollongong Regional Gallery, special invitation ‘60s Revisited’, 1980; Ivan Dougherty Gallery survey show ‘Attitudes to Drawing’, 1983. Reviews: Nation Review, 18 April 1975, 12 December 1975, 29 November 1975; Sun-Telegraph, 20 April 1975; Sydney Morning Herald 22 July 1995

Charles Cooper


                                 Colo Hillside, Watercolour  46x65 cms

Born Sydney 1952. 

Studied at Julian Ashton School of Art

Sydney MA (Visual Arts) City Art Institute, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2003,-06

Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney University 2004

Regional Gallery tour NSW and Victoria 1988-90

Bloomfield Galleries, Sydney 1977,-79, -81, -83

Murray Crescent Galleries, ACT 1979,-81

Selected Group Exhibition

Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2002,-03,-07,-08

Macquarie Galleries, Sydney 1975,-78  

Garry Anderson Galleries, Sydney1991  

Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney 1993

Blake Prize 1974

Sulman Prize AGNSW1978,-80

Wynn Prize AGNSW 1998 

Contemporary Art Society Annual Exhibition, Sydney 1977 

Blaxland Gallery, Sydney1979,-83

Tynte Gallery, Adelaide 1986, Solander Gallery, ACT 1983

Malca Fine Art, NYC 2000

Robert Steele Gallery, NYC 2002,-04

Kettle’s Yard  Cambridge (UK) 1987

Wollongong City Gallery + NSW tour 1994

Orange Regional Gallery, NSW 2001,-06

Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW 2007

Armidale Regional Gallery, NSW 2007

Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria 2006,-08

Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW 2001,-03

Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney 2005

Prizes and Awards

Australia Council CEAD Grant 1996

Hunters Hill Art Prize 1978

Trustee’s Watercolour Prize AGNSW 1998

Artist Residencies

Penrith Regional Gallery 2007

National Art School Studio, Cite International des Arts, Paris 2006

Canberra School of Art, Australian National University 2005

Public Collections

(NSW) Wollongong City Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery, Albury Regional Art Centre, Commonwealth Artbank, Australian Stock Exchange, Sydney

 (Victoria): Mildura Arts Centre, Gippsland  Art Centre- Sale, Hamilton City Art Gallery, Swan Hill Regional Gallery,  Warrnambool Art Gallery, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Sophie Dunlop


1971      Born Sydney, Australia
1989      Travelled in Europe studying at the Lorenzo de Medici Art School, Florence
1991-94 Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
             majoring in drawing, minoring in painting, lithography and sculpture
1990-95 Studied part time at Julian Ashton
1990-94 Studied privately in the studios of Jenny Sands and Frances Giacco
1990-93 Studied part time with Brian Dunlop
1996      Student Intern at the Peggy Guggenhiem Collection, Venice
2003      Masters of Fine Art, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
2003 - present Part-time lecturer, Adelaide Central Art School, Flinders University

2008      Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
2007      Harvest Market Exhibition, Yalumba Winery, Hill Smith Gallery
2006      Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
2004      Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
2003      Axia Modern Art
2003      Masters of Fine Art, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
2002      Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
2000      Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
1997      Mosman Art Prize - finalist
1997      Redlands Westpac Art Prize
1996      Still Life Exhibition, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
1996      Return to the Origin Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
1996      Salon des Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Archibald section
1995      Portia Geach prize S.H. Ervin Gallery, Syndey, finalist
1995      Salon des Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Wynne section

Christopher Gentle


Born in 1939 and grew up on a farm in Sussex, England.  He studied painting, drawing, sculpture and lithography at the West Sussex College of Art and then art education at London University.  In 1965, he travelled through Europe, the West Indies, United States of America and Canada before settling down in Australia. 

He began teaching at the National Art School in 1969, and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Art at Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education in 1975.   From 1977 - 1986 he was founding Director of the Ivan Dougherty Gallery.  He retired from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1994.

Over the last thirty five years he has travelled widely in Australia, observing and analysing the landscape, its beauty and its fragility.  The objects and structures that engage him are the commonplace: rusting corrugated iron, a dead tree, collapsing stockyards and the beautifully patinated surfaces that are the consequences of time and a harsh climate.  His subjects range from the somewhat tenuous agricultural paraphernalia of outback Australia to the massive harbour walls along the Scottish east coast.  Junkyards are inspirational for him, and so too are plant forms, especially since his Artist-in-Residency at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney in 2005. 

He is represented in public collections including: Australian National Gallery; Australian Portrait Gallery; Art Gallery of Queensland; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; University of New South Wales; University of Wollongong.

He has written and published numerous articles and essays on art and artists including:  'Contemporary German Drawings', Art and Australia, November, 1983; and 'Reflections and Metaphor', Art and Australia, March, 1986.  He was one of three authors for the Craftsman House monograph Alun Leach-Jones, which was published in 1988 and reprinted in 1995. 

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2002.


Nevill Drury, New Art Four, Craftsman House, 1990

Nevill Drury, Images 1. Contemporary Australian Painting, McGraw Hill, 1992

Nevill Drury, Images 2. Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, 1994

Nevill Drury, Images 3. Contemporary Australian Painting, Fine Art Publishing, 1998

Peter Pinson, Christopher Gentle - Instinct and the Responsive Mark, College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, 1998.


Helen Goldsmith




Revealed a talent for drawing at an early age; encouraged by her parents to paint and draw. After a short term at Art School, went into advertising, illustrating for newspapers and magazines. The discipline of commercial work proved to be excellent training in observation, and has aided her work as an artist.  For the past 20 years, has been experimenting and coping with the failures that always come with watercolour.  From this experimentation has developed various ways of painting with watercolour which has led to 80 first prizes and numerous commendations for her work.

Won the 1991–92 Camberwell Coles 5000 Award and the Joshua Smith Award for Best Painting in show, 1996. Has illustrated three books, I Once Met a Man, R.M.Williams; Harp in the South and Poor Man’s Orange, Ruth Park.

Member of the AWI since 1991; Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW and an exhibiting member of Ryde, Drummoyne and Parramatta Art Societies. Conducts workshops and seminars in Sydney and country areas.

Ian Grant



Born Sydney, 1947.  Completed a Diploma of Art Education at the National Art School in 1970 and a Master of Art (Visual Arts) at Sydney College of Advanced Education in 1986.

He works almost exclusively with water-based synthetic polymer paint.  He frequently combines conventional brushwork with airbrushing, the resulting paint film being a combination of transparency and opacity reminiscent of that associated with glazing oils.  Whilst acknowledging differences between traditional watercolour techniques and the approach he has taken, he readily identifies with the subtleties of watercolour and particularly with the unique empathy between paint and ground required for working on paper.

Ian has exhibited regularly in Australia since 1974, holding solo shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.  Amongst the numerous prizes he has been awarded are the Blake Prize in 1987 and the Fleurieu Peninsular Biennale Prize in 2004.  He has been a frequent finalist in the Wynne Prize. 

He is currently represented in Sydney by Tim Olsen Gallery.

In mid 2006 he retired from his position as Senior Lecturer and Head of Painting Studies at the College of Fine Arts, the University of New South Wales.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2006.


Kim Bonython, Modern Australian Painting 1975-1980, Rigby, 1980.

Nevill Drury, New Art 4, Craftsman House, 1990.

Nevill Drury, Images 2, Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, 1994.

Nevill Drury, Imges 3, Contemporary Australian Painting, Fine Art Publishing, 1998.

 Bernd Heinrich 



                     “ Serenade 4”  mixed media   100 x 123cm


Born in Weimar, Germany. Studied at the Art Academy Augsburg 1963–67 and graduated with Honours.

Arrived in Sydney in 1970.  Returned to Europe in 1973, travelled extensively and exhibited in Munich and Augsburg, Germany.

Returned to Sydney in 1975; studied etching at the Willoughby Art Centre.

Has held numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1974.

Has participated in major group exhibitions in Germany, Australia and USA.

These included the Grosse Kunst Ausstellung Munich in 1983 and1984, the Wynne Prize and Archibald Prize in Australia and at the New Century Gallery in New York in 2000.  His portraits of Actor Garry McDonald and Author Thomas Keneally were exhibited in the Archibald Prize. A large drawing of Professor Peter Pinson was exhibited in the Dobell Prize for Drawing 2003 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Represented in National Portrait Gallery Canberra with the painting of Author Thomas Keneally and in numerous private collections in Australia, America, England and Germany.

Member of the AWI since 1984 and the Peninsula Art Society.  Lives and works in Sydney.      


Bibliography: Nevill Drury, New Art Four, Craftsman House, 1990; Julian Fagan, Uncommon Australian, Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery, Art Exhibitions Australia Limited, 1992.

Australian Watercolour Institute 75th Anniversary 1923-1998, The Beagle Press,1998.

Sandra Hendy


                                          Tanami Track Scrub


Born Sydney 1943 and lived on Sydney’s North Shore until retiring on the N.S.W. South Coast in 1998.

Commenced painting in her early thirties and studied watercolour under Donald Begbie after which she commenced teaching classes and giving workshops and demonstrations for the Royal Art Society and art societies over N.S.W.

In 1980 became an elected member of Ku-ring-gai Art Society and acted as Selection Convenor for several years. In 1981 became a member of the Royal Art Society and elevated to a Fellow in 1989. Invited to become a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 1990 and exhibited with the Institute in a panel of watercolorists at the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Watercolour Biennale in Mexico.

Featured in the Australian Artist Magazine in the series entitled “Master Painters of Australia”. The feature included an article and photographic display.

OPEN AWARDS for BEST PAINTING  include Tamworth 1990, Currabubulla 1991, Shoalhaven 1984, Berrima 1985, Montague 2001 and  2008  and  a finalist in the Basil Seller’s $10,000 Open Award in 2004 and 2006.

WATERCOLOUR AWARDS at Kur-ring-gai 1979, 1985 , Ryde 1981 and  1983

Drummoyne 1982 and  1983 , Cowra 1983 & 1985, Tamworth 1984, Currabubulla  2000 & 2007 Montague Art 1998, 1999, 2006,2008 Bega  Regional Gallery 2004 , Port Macquarie 1989, 1990, 1992. Henry Lawson Festival, Grenfell 2007. Awards for Drawing, Mixed Media and Miniature painting as well as over 60 commendations.

One solo and  numerous  combined artists exhibitions . Included in an Invitation Exhibition of Artists of the South Coast at the Forest Gallery, Durras . In 2003 exhibited in the Victorian Artists' Society Invitation Exhibition of Royal Art Society Artists .

Bibliography :

Max Germaine – Artists & Galleries of Australia – 1990

World Watercolour Book – Best of Watercolour Book 2 – Rockport Publishers, Massachusetts

Art of the South East Resource Book and Diary  Published  2007  by Linda Lord,

Australian Watercolour Institute 75th Anniversary Edition 1923 – 1998  Published by The Beagle Press,

Australian Watercolour Institute Book  Published by Phillip Matthews 2006

Bruce Hodge


Born Sydney, 1924. Apprenticed to hand lithography.  Studied at East Sydney Technical College evening classes under Frank Medworth, Douglas Dundas, G. K. Townshend and Alfred Cook 1940–49. Three years service RAAF in World War ll. Spent most of his life in graphic art reproduction. Taught drawing, watercolour and pastel painting since 1981. Won numerous awards in Sydney and country centres. First exhibited with AWI in 1957.

Member of Australian Watercolour Institute since 1979

Allan Hondow 



Born Loxton, South Australia, 1937. Studied Tasmania School of Arts 1963–67. Worked in advertising agencies until 1970 then moved to Sydney to continue work in this field. Studied Lithography and Etching at the Willoughby Workshop Art Centre between 1972 and 1974. Joined the Graphics Department at ABC TV in 1972. National Head of Graphics, ABCTV, 1980–86. Worked in the area of Special Visual Effects for Film and Television as Designer Producer until 1992, then travelled and lived in Europe between 1992 and 1995. Painted from studios in Greece, Turkey, Portugal and the UK during this time. Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1975.

Awarded Art Gallery of NSW, Trustees Watercolour Prize,1974 ; Warringah Art Prize (Contemporary), 1986; Dale Myers Cooper Medal USA ( AWI Award) 1992.Numerous solo, group and travelling exhibitions since 1968. Represented in institutional and private collections in Australia and overseas.


Bibliography. Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Lansdowne, 1979; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters, 1780 to the present day, Craftsman House, 1989.

Leonora Howlett




Born in Sydney, 1940.  Scholarship to National Art School 1956-1960. Teachers: Passmore, Olsen Miller, Thornton 1960-1967. Part time secondary art teacher,1967-1970 travels Europe, Middle East Greece 1975 Designs  Australian Stamp and attends conference in Mexico for International Womens Year 1980's to present designing and painting stained glass and leadlight for Ace Leadlight Ten Solo Shows1962 - 2003 Group Shows in Australia and Overseas: Young Contemporaries, Annandale Imitation Realists, Australian Women artists Of the 20th cent, A century of Collecting [Ivan Dougherty Gallery] Australian Watercolour Institute, Hungary, Estonia ,Washington, New Delhi, Haifa. Collections: Artbank, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, St George Bank, Passmore Museum, Design Commissions, Reserve Bank, Women’s Trade Union Commission, Vaults at Rookwood Cemetery, St Francis Paddington, R.S.PC.A. Animal Shelter Yagoona, Sydney Grammar St Ives, Penrose Park St. Maria della Catena.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2001

Bela Ivanyi



Born Hungary, 1936.  Awarded a Diploma in Painting 1968 from the National Art School.

He taught painting and printmaking at the Workshop Art Centre from 1969-72.  He then moved to Cairns and worked as a senior lecturer at the Australian Flying Art School, Queensland from 1974-80.  In 1975, he established the Cooee Bay Workshop (south Yeppoon) Winter School, Queensland, and taught there until 2000.  Between 1980 and 1993 he worked part time at Newcastle College of Advanced Education and in Technical and Further Education colleges teaching painting, drawing and design, and was part time lecturer in painting, drawing and design at City of Art Institute and later at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales from 1979-92.  He also lectured in Art Education at Newcastle University in 2000. 

Bela joined the Flying Art School in 1974.  He acquired a pilots licence and flew to all the major outback centres and remote areas of Australia to teach art.  He worked with Aboriginal artists in Cape York.  He has travelled and painted in all states of Australia.

Bela has had 31 solo exhibitions since 1969 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and the Central Coast.  Group exhibitions include:  Readers Digest Drawing Prize 1968 (which he won); Sydney Printmakers Survey Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery; Perth Drawing Prize; Australian Graphic Artist's exhibition, Philip Bacon Gallery; Wynne Prize 1978, 1981-83; Fleurieu Art Prize 2000; and the Kedumba Drawing Award 2003.

He is represented in numerous collections including the Australian National Gallery.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2003.

Lives and works on the Central Coast.


Kym Bonython, Australian Painters 1970-75, Rigby, 1976.

Art and Australia, Winter 1972.

Australian Artist magazine, August-November 1995.

International Artist, December 1999 and January 2000.

25 Years Cooee Bay Workshops-Artists Remember, Central Queensland University, 2000.

Mimi Jaksic–Berger



Born in Serbia. Studied at Art College from 1951-1956. Graduated 1956. Arrived in Australia 1959. Paints in watercolour and oils. Awarded over 50 art awards. Held 32 solo exhibitions. Member of the AWI since 1968.

Represented in Ministry of the Arts, Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW; Philips Collection, Washington; National Gallery of Canberra, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; Queensland Art Gallery; Syracuse, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and in Muswellbrook, Cooma, Maitland, Lismore, Taree, Ryde, Sutherland, Marrickville, University of Sydney, Australian Trade Commissions, London and New York, Museum of Modern Art in Skopje, Macedonia, Academy of Science, Belgrade, Yugoslavia and private collections of Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey, ANZ Bank Head Offices in Melbourne and Sydney and many important collections in Australia, USA Canada, England and Yugoslavia. 

Painting on the floor and using cartridge and Arches paper and large brushes, she lays out pure colours with wet edges. Reducing the process of painting to its fundamental components, she imprints on them her fiery temperament. Her verve is guided by poetical inspiration as well as by her confident expertise. The interest her work engenders lies largely in this fusion of spontaneity and control, as well as in her dealing with polarities: life and death, destruction and transcendence, conflict and peace. Her colours are most often restricted to orange, yellow and others opposed by black, with white of the paper playing an important role.

Ena Joyce


Born Sydney, 1926. In 1940 was awarded a scholarship to study at East Sydney Technical College. Studied for six years under Frank Medworth and later Douglas Dundas and life drawing with Jean Bellette. In 1946 she gained her Painting Diploma (Hons.) and also had her first individual exhibition at the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. In the same year she won the NSW. Travelling Art Scholarship and elected to study in London under British artist, Bernard Meninsky who taught at London School of Arts and Crafts. After three years study and travel in Europe, Joyce returned to Australia and in 1950 held her second solo exhibition, again at the Macquarie Galleries. Numerous one-woman shows and many group exhibitions. Member of the AWI since 1976. Represented in National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Parliament House Collection, Canberra; most State Galleries, regional galleries and numerous private collections.


Bibliography: Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson 1968 and subsequent editions; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780 to the present day, Craftsman House, 1989; Joan Kerr, A Dictionary of Woman Artists of Australia, Craftsman House,1991; New Art Seven, Craftsman House, Sydney 1992; State of the Art, Issue 6, Budzing Pty. Ltd Sydney 1993; Heritage, the National Womans Art Book, Craftsman House, 1995; Craft Arts International. Lives and works in Sydney.

Elizabeth Krause


                                   SYDNEY CELEBRATES - 2004

                                                    53 X 73 cms

Born Sydney.  After working in the advertising field for many years, including work as a ticketwriter, signwriter and commercial artist, Elizabeth undertook studies at the Julian Ashton Art School.  In 1982, she completed a four year art course at Gymea College of Technical and Further Education, graduating with honours.

She is best known for her watercolour paintings, which she had described as 'highlighting the interplay of colour and light, and people in everyday scenes'.  Her other passion is her award-winning garden, which serves as the subject of many of her paintings.

Her work has been featured in Australian Artist magazine.  She has had twelve of her watercolours - which represented aspects of Sydney - reproduced for a 2006 calendar.  She has been awarded the Combined Art Societies of Sydney award of 'Artist of the Year' five times.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005.  Member of the Castle Hill Art Society from 1987, Treasurer 1989-92.


Eva Kubbos 




Born Lithuania, arrived Australia  1953. Studied Hochschule fur angewandte Kunst, Berlin. Dip. FA 1946–51. Also Royal Melbourne Technical College and Swinburne College, Australia, and Swinburne Technical College, Australia. Solo exhibitions: 1962 and 1991, Sydney NSW; 1964 Newcastle, NSW; 1968 Adelaide SA; 1969 Canberra, ACT; 1981 Queensland and Tasmania; 1998 Leura, NSW. Group exhibitions from 1962–98. Tokyo, Japan; London, UK; Washington DC, USA; Chicago, USA; Vilnius, Lithuania; Fremantle, WA; Melbourne, Vic.; Canberra, ACT; Sydney, NSWMember of Contemporary Art Society (NSW); Foundation Member Sydney Printmakers Society; AWI since 1965; Painters and Sculptors Association.Awarded Wynne Prize for Watercolour, Art Gallery of NSW 1963, 70, 71 and 81; Pring Prize, Art Gallery of NSW 1970–89, ten times and other awards. Represented in Australian National Gallery, Canberra; State Galleries, and regional galleries in Australia; Mertz Collection, USA; National Art Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania; National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Ciurlionis Art Gallery, Chicago, USA.


Bibliography: James Gleeson, Masterpieces of Australia Painting, Lansdowne, 1969; Kim Bonython, Modern Australian Painting 1960–70 ; Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson 1968 and subsequent editions; Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, 1979, 84; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780–1980, Rigby, 1983, Craftsman House, 1989; Sasha Grishin, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s, Craftsman House, 1996; The World Who’s Who of Women, IBC Cambridge, England, 1986

Graham Kuo



Born in China, 1948 and resident since 1963.  Graham attended the National Art School from 1968-1972 (graduating Associate of Sydney Technical College).  He was a full time lecturer at Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education from 1976-81, City Art Institute 1982-89 and the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales 1990-99 and a Senior Lecturer at College of Fine Arts 2000-04.  He has travelled widely throughout the USA and Asia.

His work has been described as being located at an intersection of western art traditions and methods with eastern philosophies and sensibilities.  His work reflects his preoccupation with effecting an aesthetic reconciliation between a Western abstract sensibility and a uniquely Chinese form of calligraphic mark-making, through a visual language of gestural, lyrical abstraction.  As Canberra Times art critic Professor Sasha Grishin wrote, 'Kuo is very conscious of a distinction between Chinese and Western modes of visualisation.... his delicately balanced non figurative designs have an ease, elegance and breathing freedom which can be associated with traditional Chinese calligraphy, yet a firmly located within tradition of western Abstract Expressionism'.

In Graham's paintings, colour and form assume dominance over figuration or representation.  Sometimes they are reminiscent of disintegrating surfaces and peeling paint, and evoke the faded colours and surfaces of buildings in the Chinese countryside, or in the old Chinese urban quarters.  Sometimes they vibrate with the intensity and vibrancy of Chinese imperial fabrics.

He is represented in Sydney by Rex Irwin Art Dealer and by Galerie White8 in Austria.  His work is held in all major public collections in Australia including:  the National Gallery of Australia; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the Art Gallery of South Australia; the Queensland Art Gallery; the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart; and the Western Australia Art Gallery and also in international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Caledonia National Art Gallery.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005.

Selected Bibliography:

Joe Eisenberg, Graham Kuo (exhibition catalogue essay), Gallery White8, Villach, 2005.

Sasha Grishin, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s: Artist Printmakers 1990-1995, Craftsman House, 1997.

Peter Laverty



                               Morning Patterns in No Man's Land

                              72 x 97 cms  Watercolour

Born England, 1926. Lived in Australia since 1951. Painter, art educator and gallery director. Works in oil, watercolour and graphic media. Studied at Winchester School of Art, England. Taught at the National Art School, Sydney from 1952–71. Held several positions in the School including; Head of the Division of  Fine Arts, 1968–70 and Head of the National Art School and State Supervisor of Art 1971. Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1971–77. Painted full time since 1978. Served on a large number of committees for the arts and art education. Member of the AWI since 1965. Since 1960 has held 21 solo exhibitions, including, in 1996, ‘Five Decades of Painting’ at Penrith Regional Gallery. Participated in several joint exhibitions with Ursula Laverty and many group exhibitions, including 20th Century Australian Watercolours at AGNSW in 1988. Represented in a number of overseas exhibitions of Australian art including Sao Paulo’s Sixth Biennale. Awarded Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Award in 2nd International Pan-Pacific Artists Exhibition, Tokyo 1961–62.  Life Member and Past Vice-President AWI, Honorary Life Member Past President and Foundation Member, Sydney Printmakers Society. Represented in most State, many regional galleries and other public, corporate and private collections including Parliament House, Canberra, Artbank, Reserve Bank, Universities of NSW, Queensland, Southern Queensland and the National Art School.


Bibliography: Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson 1968 and subsequent editions; International Who’s Who in Art and Antiques; Dictionary of International Biography 15, Bernard Smith, Australian Art 1790–1970, Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Lansdowne 1979; Who’s Who in Australasia & the Far East; Concise Dictionary of Australian Artists, Robb & Smith, MUP 1993.

Josefia Lemon


                         Hunter Valley Morning, 2005

                                45 x 55.5cms


Born Indonesia. Emigrated to Australia in 1979. She worked as a legal secretary for over a decade before attending painting workshops.  After becoming a full time student at the Julian Ashton Art School, she was awarded the Thea Proctor Scholarship for 1997.  She obtained a Diploma of Fine Art from the Julian Ashton Art School  in 1999.  She has been teaching watercolour workshops at the Julian Ashton Art School since 2000.

Her awards include: First Prize (Oils Section) of the 2004  Ford Land Art Competition; First Prize (Figurative Painting) and First Prize (Miniature Art) from the 2005 Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales – Sydney Royal Art Show; the Miniature Prize of the 2005 and 2006 Singleton Art Prize; First Prize (Watercolour Section) and the Viewers’ Choice Prize from the 2005 Lane Cove Municipal Art Award.  She was a finalist in the 2006 Berkelouw Portrait Prize; a finalist in the 2005 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards and a Portia Geach Memorial Award finalist in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2004.  Member of Portrait Artists Australia since 2002 & Associate Member of Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW).

Lives in Sydney. 

Sandra Leveson



Born Melbourne, 1944.  Studied art at Caulfield Institute of Technology.  She taught painting and printmaking for 20 years at Prahan Institute of Technology.

Sandra has had 30 individual exhibitions in Australia, USA, London, Rome and Paris and approximately 50 selected group shows in all states of Australia, in Texas, London, Rome and Paris.  Her prizes and awards include:  Corio Painting Prize, Geelong Art Gallery, 1971; 'Alice' Painting Prize, Northern Territory Art Gallery, 1972; Trustees' Award, Queensland Art Gallery, 1972; Trustees' Purchase Award, Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum, 1975.  In 1999, she was awarded an Artist-in-Residency at the Moya Dyring Studio at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW.  Her commissions include:  Patron Print for Australian Print Council 1978; Bicentennial Darling Harbour Project 1988; foyer painting for Park Hyatt Hotel Sydney 1990; foyer painting for Sheraton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur 1997; painting commission for Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards 1998; foyer painting for Le Meridien Hotel, Sydney 2000.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005.

Selected Bibliography:

Maudie Palmer, Decade of Sandra Leveson 1967-77, Melbourne University, 1977.

Kim Bonython, Modern Australia Painting 1975-80, Rigby, 1980.

Graeme Sturgen, Sandra Leveson, La Gradiva, 1980.

Kristen Williamson, The Texas Art Review, Krantz Publishers, 1983.

Helen Ivory, Sandra Leveso, Craftsman House, 1993.

Nevill Drury, Images 2, Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman, 1994.

Sasha Grishin, Australian Printmaking on the 1990's: Artist Printmakers 1990-95, Craftsman House, 1997.

Films: Women Artists, South Australian Film Commission, 1981.

Robert Lovett


Born Sydney, 1930. Studied commercial art in Sydney, anatomy and sculpture in USA. Has been painting for more than fifty years. First became known for his outback Australian themes especially with horses and cattle. Later he diversified into a wider variety of subjects, the human figure, city scenes etc. He has travelled extensively and painted many exotic themes from Asia, Europe, the Pacific Islands and especially America where he has held several exhibitions. Has written and illustrated articles for art magazines in Australia and USA he has illustrated books, taught seminars and instructed groups of artists on overseas painting trips. Major works are hung in board  rooms, hotel lobbies and private collections world wide. From 1950 until 1968 he was Official Artist to the Snowy Mountains Authority. During that time he owned and operated an 800 hectare cattle property and developed a great love of the ‘High Country’. This was the catalyst for his work on ‘The Man from Snowy River’ movie and the exhibition at the Sydney Opera House. The Australian Government has presented forty of his paintings to heads of state from many countries. The Australian Mint has reproduced his “The Man from Snowy River” image on a limited edition five dollar coin. Member of the AWI since 1994.The Robert Lovett Art Gallery has been operating at the Marina Mirage on Queensland’s Gold Coast since 1993. It is devoted exclusively to his work, showing oils, watercolours and sculpture.

Paul McKenzie


Graham Marchant



Born England, 1948.  He is now a Sydney-based artist living in Balmain after relocating from England following a teaching exchange and a British Council Visiting Grant in 1978.  He trained in England, graduating with a BA (Hons) from Maidstone College of Art, and an MFA from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

There followed a teaching career at a number of English Art Schools before his appointment to the University of Western Sydney in 1982.  He resigned from his Senior Lectureship in 2003 to concentrate on his art practice.  His Artist-in-Residencies include:  the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; The British School in Rome;

The Vermont Studio Centre, USA; and The Delphina Studio Trust, Spain.  Coupled with these awards have been grant assisted research tours of Italian and English gardens and studio residencies in New York, at the New England Regional Art Museum and at the Bundaberg Art Centre.

Graham has held 16 solo exhibitions including:  'Images of Changing Light'.  Bundaberg Regional Gallery 2004; 'View from the Window' New England Regional Art Museum 2003; 'The Garden Series' Penrith Regional Art Gallery and Lewers Bequest 1992.  He is represented in public collections including:  new Parliament House, Canberra; Artbank; Australian Maritime Museum; and Nepean Hospital.

He continues to teach watercolour workshops at the National Art School, and conducts teaching programs in Australia and the USA.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2004.  President of the Sydney Printmakers, from 2003.


Dr Alan Krell, 'The Garden Series (exhibition catalogue essay), Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, 1992.

Jocelyn Maughan



Born Sydney, 1938. Studied at National Art School, Sydney, five years full time. Awarded Diploma of Fine Art ‘Painting’ with Honours.
Teaching qualifications followed by a long career as an Art Educator and Administrator in charge of TAFE Fine Art Schools, concurrently with career as a practising artist.
Exhibited in various one and two man shows. Also the Archibald and Wynne many times since 1965. Has been awarded the Portia Geach and The Margaret Fesq prizes for portrait painting.
A long commitment to drawing began as a student. Awarded the Robert Le Gay Brereton Prize for Draughtsmanship.
1998 published “The Draughtsman’s Contract”, and

2004 published "Genre, the significance of the insignificant"

Both books contain drawings, watercolours, temperas and oils by Jocelyn.
1995- exhibited a series of drawing at Artarmon Gallery. Theme: "The Human Figure - an exhibition of drawing".
2002/03 and 2005/06 - exhibited in Mexico and Korea as part of an AWI travelling exhibition of watercolours.
2003 and 2004 - awarded the Gosford Art Prize for Traditional Painting with a watercolour of a local subject.
2003 - Guest Exhibiting Artist at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, four person exhibition of watercolours “The Colour of the Landscape”.

2007 - Two person exhibition at Manning Regional Gallery "The Shared Studio" with Robin Norling

Represented in many private collections including Grafton Municipal Gallery, Royal Agricultural Society, Mitchell Library and the reserve Bank.
Currently: Co-Director of the Patonga Bakehouse Gallery, Patonga NSW, where past and present work is always on display

Robyn Mayo

Xanthorrhoea.  Perth W.A. 2000

69 x 103cm  

             Born Goulburn NSW 1943, studied 1961-1979.
Solo Exhibitions:
1986 “Artistic Reflections on the Garden” Blaxland Gallery, Sydney.
1990- “Artistic Reflections on the Tree” Blaxland Gallery, Sydney.
1996- “Kimberley Odyssey” Australian Gallery, Sydney.
1998- ”Joshua McClelland Print Room” Melbourne, Victoria.
1999- “Double Bill” Southern Highlands Regional Gallery, NSW.
2000 - “Australian Flora, 200 years of Environmental & Cultural Change” Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW.

2006 - "Specimens from New Holland" Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW.
Group Exhibitions: between 1980 & 2003 has exhibited in many Australian and International Galleries, including the Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Modern Art, Chile, China and Belgium.

Collections: Mitchell Library, Artbank, The Macquarie Bank, Australian National Trust and the Eton College Library.  Represented in private collections in Australia, England, Spain, Japan and USA and included in many corporate collections.

Elaine Mortimer   




Born Drummoyne, NSW, 1938.  Trained in commercial art at East Sydney Technical College and worked in that field until her marriage. Held her first exhibition in 1976 and has had eight solo shows as well as over thirty group exhibitions at venues which include Lavender Bay Gallery, Gallery 460 at Gosford, Wagner Gallery in Hong Kong, Orange Regional Gallery and at the Australian Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibitions for over ten years, the last six as a member. Has taught at secondary school level and privately. With her husband, Ian, built and operates Warriwillah Art Centre, Australia’s first private residential Art School. Since its inception over ten years ago, it has gained a fine reputation for the standard of its courses and the calibre of tutors. Attained a Diploma in Travel Journalism and Photography in 1992 and has used these skills, together with her art to write and illustrate more than a dozen sketch books and diaries. Some of her articles have also been published. ‘My art has taken me in many directions over the years, which I have found stimulating and satisfying. My best work is done on impulse, usually on location, and this is my favourite way of working. I love a change of scenery and subject and have been fortunate enough to be able to indulge in this. While we were building the Art centre, the urgent need for cash flow saw me taking on several commissions to paint many historic homesteads, which proved to be exciting and educational as I moved about the countryside. I have been fortunate also to have travelled quite a bit, one of our most recent visits, high in the mountains of Irian Jaya, painting and drawing at the Goldmines. Following this, a commission to paint two mine paintings for the 150th Annivesary  Exhibition in Orange Regional Gallery depicting the past and present. My work could probably be described as free and expressive.


    Roger Murphy




Born Hobart, Tasmania 1939. He was apprenticed to a commercial printer as a lithographic artist and studied life drawing under AWI Member Jack Carrington Smith at the Tasmanian School of Art.

He has won a number of prizes including:  the Derwent Festival Art Prize in 1967; the Inaugural Wrest Point Casino Art Prize (watercolour section) in 1996, and was outright winner in 2007.  He has exhibited in Fujian Province, China with the Australia China Friendship Society in 1989.  In 2005, the Mercury newspaper ranked Roger Murphy as one of  Tasmania's 'Top Ten Artists'.

He has recieved numerous commissions including those from:  North Broken Hill Peko, to paint in and around their operations throughout Australia in 1990; Tasmanian Government Printer, to undertake five paintings of the Hobart waterfront for a series of prints in 1990; International Catamarans, for twenty paintings to be hung in two of their ships during 1990; Tourism Tasmania, for six watercolours to be used as posters in 1991.  He was also commissioned by Arts Tasmania to undertake a major mural in the new Mental Health Secure Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital.  The mural was based on a painting done at the Douglas River on the East Coast of Tasmaia.  He was engaged to design three sets of stamps and associated postal material for Norfolk Island.  The Tasmanian Government purchased a painting to present to the Fujian Province Government, China in 1983.

Roger is represented by the Raglan Gallery, Manly, New South Wales; the Strickland Gallery; the Handmark Gallery and the Wellington Gallery in Hobart; the Greenoaks Gallery in Launceston; and the Saddlers Court Gallery in Richmond.

Since 1989, Roger has painted full time in watercolours and oils from his home studio in Kingston Beach, Tasmania.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005.


    Robin Norling



Born 1939, Windsor NSW.
Studied at National Art School, Sydney. [ASTC Honours].
Royal College of Art, London. [ARCA].
Taught: NSW Dept of Education, Alexander Mackie CAE, Sydney University, Julian Ashton Art school [Summer Schools], Art Gallery of NSW, Arts Council of Australia [travelling tutor], Meadowbank [TAFE] Art School.
Publications: “Looking at Australian Painting” NSW Dept of Education.
“A Young persons Guide to Art In Australia” MacMillan Aust.
Exhibitions curated and organised: “Light and Shade” Art Gallery of NSW. “Composition, Artist’s Glue’ Art gallery of NSW”. “The Act of drawing” Art Gallery of NSW. “Faces” Art Gallery of NSW, “The human figure” Artarmon Gallery.
Exhibitions: Fact & Fiction” [2 man show] Royal Art Society; “Flesh, Sacred & Profane” [2 man show] Von Bertouch Gallery; “The Nude 60-90” [personal survey exhibition] Regional Galleries. Numerous Archibald, Wynne & Sulman exhibitions at Art Gallery of NSW and "The Shared Studio" exhibition (two man show) at Manning Regional Gallery 2007.

Exhibited with AWI in Mexico and Korea in 2005/06.
Prizes & Awards: The Robert Le Gay Brereton drawing Prize; The NSW Travelling Scholarship; The Sulman Prize, The Sun Herald Cook Bi-Centennial Prize; The Gosford Art Prize.
Currently: Co-Director of the Patonga Bakehouse Gallery, Patonga NSW, where past and present work is always on display.

 Vicki Parish 




Born Yarrawonga, Victoria 1955. Grew up in country NSW, moved to Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Arts with  Honours in Fine Arts at University of Sydney, 1973–76 whilst also studying Life Drawing in the evening at East Sydney Tech.  After the first year of a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, decided that her interest lay foremost in painting and enrolled in full-time studies at Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, 1977–80. Travelled to Europe, 1982–83 to paint and study in galleries. Completed Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies at City Art Institute 1985. Tutor in Graphic Design, School of Architecture, University of NSW, 1986. Revised and developed many courses in art history, colour theory and art appreciation for Centre of Continuing Education, University of Sydney, 1987, then taught same 1987–91.  Painted and studied in New York, 1994, France, 1995 & 2003 - 2005. 

Exhibitions and artist-in-residence at Chateau de Gizeux, Gizeux, France, 2006 & 2007.

Exhibited in solo exhibitions and many group shows in Australia and France.

Represented in IBM, Commonwealth Bank, corporate and private collections in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei and New York.   

Member of AWI since 1995.

Lives and paints in Newtown.

Daniel Pata




Born 1952 and lives in Sydney.  His art studies were at the Julian Ashton Art School, the National Art School under Tom Thompson, and at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, where he graduated with a post-graduate diploma and subsequently a Master of Fine Art degree.

He is predominantly a figurative landscape painter, enjoying the extremes from coastal environments to arid regions of the outback, where he has travelled on painting excursions accompanied by artists including Terence O'Donnell and Earle Backen AM.

Daniel has frequently travelled to Europe, particularly Paris where his first Artist-in-Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 1987 developed a deep interest in France.  There his interest involves both urban and rural subject matter; much of his work is painted directly from the subject, 'en plein air'.  He has exhibited widely throughout Australia and France, most recently in 2004 with an exhibition écho de luminè: paysages australiens et français that travelled in the south of France.

Daniel has lectured in several art schools in Sydney, including the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. the National Art School, and the Sydney Gallery School.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2004 and Vice President since 2006.

Herman Pekel



Born in Melbourne in 1956 to Dutch parents, Herman showed an early interest in art which led him in his youth to studying plein-air (open air) oil painting with Roger Webber, Ernest Buckmaster and Lance McNeill. The raw experience of working (respectively) with them on location brought to the fore his passion for the “freedom of spontaneity” and the rigour of speedily capturing the fleeting glow and illuminating impact of subtle shifts of light across the landscape.

Painting spasmodically until he commenced a Fine Arts degree at RMIT under the tuition of Dale Hickey and Jeffrey Makin in 1981, like many young artists of his day he flirted with Abstract Expressionism before returning to an Australian realist base with a strong painterly technique. An artist of verve and enthusiasm with an expressionist leaning, he is best known for his “wild, impassioned, ebullient and kinetic atmospheric interpretations of the land/sea/cityscape” in oil and occasionally gouache – also he is a self-taught watercolourist of great merit.

Environmental issues are of paramount concern to Herman, and this love and veneration of nature in all “her” contrasting glory is unmistakably reflected in each landscape panorama he paints – “the energising spirits of the earth are alive and well here”. His pictures reveal a complex inner design often manifesting in vectored strokes, aptly scratched-in flourishes to perfect the compositional balance and internal pictorial rhythms, a lucidity of colour and surprising tonality. The scope of his pictorial world is somewhat daunting, ranging from soft, cosy draped interiors to dynamic industrial scenery, tempestuous Australian vistas and romantic European reminiscences.

In 2004 he won the Camberwell Rotary Art Show’s Best Oil, in 1989, 93 and 95 he won the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize, in 1989 he received the Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship, he won the Alice Bale Award in 1989 and 1993, and has won many other awards.

In 1994 Herman was invited by the National Taiwan Art Institute to participate in a book and travelling exhibition of selected artists from Australia, USA and Taiwan. His paintings are featured in Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists by Tom Roberts, 120 Years of Watercolourists, by the Australian Realist Artists, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand by Max Germaine and Profile on Contemporary Watercolourists.

He is a member ‘The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society’, ‘Australian Guild of Realist Artists’ and the Victorian Artists Society. He is in numerous private and public collections nationally and internationally.

Judy Pennefather


                                Think Pink - 2004

                                       55 x 59 cms

Born Sydney.  After raising her family, she attended the Royal Art Society Art School where her work was initially influenced by Allan Hansen.  Some years later, she was guided into watercolours by Frederic Bates.  In 1978 she was awarded the Royal Art Society's James R Jackson's Student Award.  In 1984 she received the Royal Art Society Art School Diploma.  She has taught for many years in the Art School of the Royal Art Society, particularly in the genres of portraiture and still life.

Judy was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 1980.  She has been a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award on many ocassions, and has also been a finalist in the Archibald Prize and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Judy is represented in public collections including:  University of Sydney; the Sydney Eye Hospital; and Willoughby Council.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2004.  Fellow of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales  from 1988 and elected to the Royal Art Society Council in 1998.  In 2000, she was elected President of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales, becoming the Society's first woman President.

Dr Peter Pinson oam




Born Sydney, NSW, 1943. Studied at the National Art School and Sydney Teachers’ College 1961–64.  After winning the New South Wales Travelling Scholarship in 1968, he travelled to Europe where he worked in the Sydney University studio in the Cite International des Arts in Paris. In London, he studied Zen at the Buddhist Society with Christmas Humphries, and completed a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art with a thesis which examined the relationship between Zen and contemporary art. Returning to Australia in late 1971, he took up a Lectureship at Wollongong Teachers’ College, where he met Col Jordan, whose retrospective exhibition he would later curate. In 1974 he was appointed Chief Education Officer at the National Gallery of Victoria. In 1977 he returned to Sydney, accepting a Senior Lectureship at Alexander Mackie CAE. On his retirement in 2004 from his position as Professor at the College of Fine Arts, the University of New South Wales, he was appointed Emeritus Professor. Member of the AWI since 1983. As well as undertaking curatorial projects – including the Elwyn Lynn retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and a survey exhibition of the late work of John Passmore at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery – he has written widely, including monographs on Rodney Milgate, Elwyn Lynn and Emanuel Raft.

Elected Life Member of the Institute in 2007.

Peter was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2007 - for service to the visual arts as an educator, painter and writer, and through contributions to a range of arts organisations.


Christine Porter




Born Kempsey, NSW. 1961. Studied at Armidale CAE, 1980–82. Taught as a primary school teacher in Western Queensland, 1985–89. Began working full-time as an artist, 1990. Currently studying part-time towards a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Southern Cross University. Lives and works in Lismore, NSW.

Awarded more than 70 prizes in various competitions which include Zonta Award for Women Artists, Brisbane, 1997; National Finalist, Canson Student Print Competition, Melbourne, 1996; Open Prize, Ernest Henry Art Show, Cloncurry, 1996; Works on Paper Award, Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane, 1992.
Annual solo exhibitions since 1990, in regional centres and Brisbane. Numerous group exhibitions which have included amongst others, curated group shows in Paris, 1997 and New York, 1998; ‘Profound Statements in Print’ travelling Regional Galleries Exhibition 1994–95; ‘Cool Changes in Printmaking’ 1997. Member of the AWI since 1996.

Represented in Brisbane City Council, Canson Australia, Australian Police Force, Queensland Arts Council, University of Southern Queensland, many shire and corporate collections in Queensland including Waggamba, Blackall and Barcaldine shire councils, Daily News, Warwick, as well as private collections world wide.

Desiree Prinsloo



Began painting full time in 1984, working in watercolour, oil, and acrylic paint.  Enjoys doing figurative, landscape and portraiture, also enjoys painting en plein air.  Became an Exhibiting member of the R.A.S. of NSW in 1988.  Served on the committee of C.H.A. Society and was a founder/committee member of the Combined Art Society.  Taught painting at C.H.A. Society’s White House Gallery for several years and conducted painting technique demonstrations.  Exhibits widely in collective art shows, Sydney.   Featured in the Australian Artist Magazine April 1992.  Spent several years in New Zealand.  Exhibits with the Studio of Contemporary Art and Parnell Gallery in Auckland. Rosslyn Gallery and Gallery De Nuovo in Dunedin.   Return to Sydney end of 1999.  Founder/committee member of Portrait Artists Australia during the first year.  Featured in the Australian Artist Magazine March 2001.  Finalist Doug Moran Art Prize 2002.  Has several exhibitions between Sydney and Auckland.  Became an Associate of the R.A.S. of NSW in 2006.  Guest artist with the Australian Watercolour Institute 2004, 2005, 2007.  Invited to be a member with the AWI in 2008.  Works from a private studio in Darlinghurst. 



 Linda Rees 



Born UK. Completed three years full time study in South Wales, United Kingdom. Spent five years in advertising before emigrating to Australia in 1966. A further eighteen months in advertising in Newcastle. In mid 1970s began painting watercolours, by 1981 had participated in numerous shared exhibitions throughout the state and several solo shows in Newcastle area. Member of AWI since 1979. From 1980–84 lived in Tokyo, Japan. A solo exhibition was held at the Genkan Gallery, Tokyo, prior to a return to Australia and Newcastle. Numerous art awards in Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Central Coast. Represented in public and private collections. Lives and works in Newcastle.

Rupert Richardson oam



Born 1929. Started painting in watercolours at an early age. (Mother had studied art with Datillo-Rubbo.) First exhibited at the Australian Watercolour Institute at the age of 16 and has been exhibiting on and off ever since. Has been a member since 1980. Studied in London 1953-54 and exhibited at Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters. Also has exhibited with the Royal Art Society of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the society. Awarded the Watercolour Section at the Royal Agricultural Society, NSW, in 1970 and 1979.Has had numerous exhibitions, mostly in rural NSW, including Tamworth and Port Macquarie. Has also done some teaching, mostly weekend adult classes. Started painting more or less full time about 25 years ago and has travelled extensively. Prefers to paint on the spot but of necessity is sometimes forced to work from photographs. Mostly working in watercolour although paints an occasional oil. Apart from painting has lived all his life on the land in Barraba and been involved in community affairs, having served 12 years as Shire President and a term as Rotary District Governor.

Venita Salnajs


Born Zwickau, Germany of Latvian parents 1945. Studied as a teacher of art at East Sydney Technical College and Alexander Mackie Teachers’ College, 1963–66. Taught art in secondary schools in NSW, 1966–75. Moved to the Blue Mountains 1976. Travelled overseas extensively 1968, 1976, 1990 to view major art galleries and art exhibitions in Europe, USA, USSR, Japan, Canada and New Zealand. Member of the AWI since 1974. In 1994 participated in an International Art Workshop, Brande, Denmark.Awarded Pring Prize for Watercolour, Art Gallery of NSW, 1976. Numerous solo exhibitions since 1977 and many group exhibitions at the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, NSW; High Court of Australia, Canberra 1990 and a joint exhibition with Reinis Zusters at the National Art Museum, Riga, Latvia 1996. Represented in National Art Museum, Riga, Latvia; Brande Remisen, Denmark; Federal Airport Corporation, Sydney; Blue Mountains City Council; University and School collections; corporate and private collections.


Bibliography: Latvian Artists in Australia 1979 A.L.M.A. Sydney; Hugh Speirs, Landscape Art and the Blue Mountains, Alternative Publishing Co-Operative Limited, 1981 Sydney; Spiral Vision – Reinis Zusters, Bay Books 1981; Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Lansdowne, 1979; Intensities –Venita Salnajs, Sydney, Fine Arts Press, 1991.

Wendy Sharpe



Born Sydney, 1960.  She undertook an Art Certificate at Seaforth College of Technical and Further Education 1978-79; BA in Visual Arts at City Art Institute 1980-82; a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies from Sydney College of Advanced Education; and a Master of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.

She has recieved prizes and awards including:  Sulman Prize 1986; Robert le Gay Bereton Drawing Prize 1992; Kedumba Drawing Prize 1995; Portia Geach Memorial Award 1995 and 2003; Archibald Prize 1996; an Artist-in-Residency of the Denise Hickey studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 1987; and a Dyason Bequest Grant 1987.

Scholarships include:  Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship 1986; Mercedes Benz Travelling Scholarship 1989; and an Australian Post Graduate Research Award at the University of NSW 1991-92.  Her commissions include an Olympic pool-sized mural on the life of Annette Kellerman at the Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic Centre, College Street, Sydney, commissioned by the City of Sydney 1997-98.

She was appointed Australian Official Artist to East Timor as part of a commission from the Australian War Memorial, Canberra in 1999-2000.  Wendy is represented by King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney; Phillip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane; Chapman Gallery, Canberra; and MARS Gallery, Melbourne.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005.

Wendy Sharpe lives and works in Sydney.

Susan Sheridan


                                      Weekend on the Myall, 2007

                                             75 x 104 cms

Born Sydney 1939. Studied National Art School 1958-60, 1962 part-time, Julian Ashton Art School 1960. Has exhibited in 28 solo shows including Mosman Gallery, 1972; Strawberry Hills, 1973; Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle 1977 - 2003; Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney 1979 - 2007  Bolitho Gallery, ACT, 1982. Two person shows with Gallery 460,Gosford and Bridge Street Gallery, Sydney.  Member of the AWI since 1991.

Exhibited internationally in  the Mall Galleries, London 1986. Canada, Hong Kong, 1996, 99, 2001 Shanghai 1998. Awarded the Mosman Art Prize, 1984; Royal Easter Show, 1982; many country awards. Exhibited in the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, seven times; selected to hang with Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London, 1986.

Represented in Manly Art Gallery and Museum; the University of New South Wales; University of Newcastle; Joint Coal Board; National Bank of Australia; OPSM; Chamber of Manufacturers of NSW; Pittwater Council; Mosman Municipal Council; Wyong Shire Council; Federal Airports Commission, Qantas collection and private and corporate collections in Australia, UK, Switzerland, Germany, USA, Canada, Japan and New Zealand Commissions include Hayman Island Resort, Park Lane and Hilton Hotels Sydney, Ramada Hotel Parramatta.

Bibliography: Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Lansdowne, 1979; Who’s Who in Australasia and the Far East, second edition.

Peter Smeeth




Born Griffith, New South Wales, 1949.  Educated at Yanco Agricultural High School. He studied Medicine at Sydney University 1966-71. After spending his residency years at Royal North Shore Hospital and Canberra Hospital, he moved to the Central Coast of  NSW, where he has been working as a General Practitioner for the past 32 years.

His art practice centres mainly on realism where he is interested in capturing the quality of light on objects and surfaces, in painting the space around them, and in 'making the subject real and alive'.

Peter has participated in exhibitions including:  Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, 2002 and 2004; Archibald Prize Salon de Refusés 2004; MacquariePortrait Artist Australian Exhibition in Washington DC 2005; Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards 2005 and 2006; Art on the Rocks Exhibition 2005 and 2006; Archibald Prize 2006 and 2007.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005.  Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW  and  Member of Portrait Artists Australia.

Ron Stannard 




Born Sydney, 1934. Painter in oil and watercolour. Commenced work in advertising in 1949, graphic design, illustration, art director. Studied part time at National Art School, 1951–54. Painting and study tours to Central Australia, 1966, 68, 83, 84, 88; to Tasmania in 1988, 1990; France, Italy, 1989; Britain and France 1994; Canada 1998. Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW since 1969, elected to Fellow 1983. Two terms as RAS Vice-President 1984–86 and 1989–91. President RAS 1992–96. Elected member AWI, 1988. Has been an exhibitor for many years with all group shows with RAS. Also with RAS, solo exhibition, 1981; two artist exhibition, 1993; three artist exhibition, 1994. Invited as one of eight artists ‘Celebrated Artists Exhibition’, Blue Mountains, 1991. AWI group exhibitions to Canada and Mexico. Commissioned  to paint ‘Australia lll, Defence of America’s Cup’ 1983; commissioned to paint ‘HMS Sirius’, for Bicentenary, 1988. Won the ‘Will Ashton’ RAS Medal 1989; Watercolour Prize, Blackheath, 1991; commended Doug Moran Portrait Prize, 1988, Finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize, 1992. Invited to judge competitions in Sydney and country areas of NSW.Tutor at workshops and painting demonstrations to many NSW art societies. Teacher of oil and watercolour, RAS, NSW. Appointed Director of the Art School in 1996.


Bibliography: Editorial Consultant for Australian Artist Magazine with written and illustrated articles in 1988, 1990–91, 1996–97; Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia, Craftsman House, 1984; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters, 1780–1980, Rigby, 1979; Tom Roberts, Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists; Graphic Management Services, 1991; Fifty Australian Artists, Artist Ink Australia, 1994.

Brian Stratton oam



                              Yorke Peninsular           


President Australian Watercolour Institute 1964 - 1972 & 2006 - 2009.

Born Sydney, 1936. Commenced part-time studies at North Sydney Technical College, 1952. Continued studies at East Sydney Technical College 1953–57 where the influential teachers were Alfred Cook and Douglas Dundas. Joined NSW Department of Technical Education as a full-time teacher of art, 1962. Took early retirement as senior head teacher from TAFE 1989 in order to take up painting full-time. Member of the AWI since 1961.  Elected Life Member of the Institute, 1989.  Has exhibited in the annual exhibition continuously since 1955.  A Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW, 1964. A foundation member of the City of Ryde Art Society, 1959. President, 1962–69.   Honorary Life Member, 1968. Awarded over 200 art prizes plus numerous commendations including the Mercedes Benz prize for watercolours, 1981 and 1988. Four Rothmans Foundation Awards from 1987 to 1991. The Grenfell Henry Lawson statuette for art in 1990 and 1994 and also the open awards at Currabubula in 1993 & 1994.  Open Award Kiama 2008, Open Award Central Coast Festival of the Arts 2008, Watercolour Prize Central Coast Festival 2009, The Thora Ungar Memorial Award 2009.  Participated in the Institute’s exhibitions in America, 1975, New Zealand 1977–78, Mexico 1990 and Canada 1992.  Busan South Korea 2004, 2006 & 2008.  Judged over 100 art competitions.  Published a limited edition of ‘Douglas Dundas Remembers’, a volume of the reminiscences of this distinguished Australian artist, 1974.

Awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 -

'For service to art as a painter and educator, and to professional organisations including the Australian Watercolour Institute'.

Bibliography: Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia, Lansdowne, 1979; Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson, 1968; Australian Artist Magazine, June 1987; Tom Roberts, June 1978.

Beverly Symonds




Born Melbourne. Studied full time at East Sydney Technical College and gained a Commonwealth Scholarship. Studied under Townshend, Thornhill, Badham, Gallop, Harvey, Gunter and the brothers James and Alfred Cook. Awarded Diploma in Illustration in four years instead of the usual five. Trained in commercial art at Lintas Advertising Agency. Freelanced for many years working for the leading advertising agencies in Sydney. Later studied under Inson and Joshua Smith. Past Councillor of the Royal Art Society; elected Fellow in 1989. Member of the AWI since 1989 and presently serving on the committee. Exhibiting member of Ku-ring-gai and Peninsula Art Societies. Painting and study tours to Europe, USA and Australia. Exhibited in international AWI exhibitions in Mexico and Canada 1992–93; Hong Kong 1996; Portia Geach and numerous local and regional exhibitions. Awarded the Ku-ring-gai Art Society Grand Prize, 1989; Drummoyne Art Society Watercolour Award, 1993; Caltex Award for Watercolour, 1987; Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Art  Watercolour Award and Statuette for Best Painting 1995; Castle Hill First Prize Watercolour Award, 1998, and various country awards. Represented in Great Lakes and Kiama Shire Councils; Comalco Electrolitic Refinery, Gladstone; and in private collections.


Bibliography: Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia, Craftsman House, 1990; Australian Artist, June 1996.

David Taylor




Born in Melbourne Australia in 1941.  Davids early career began in etching and a 6 year apprenticeship at the North Melbourne Printing School of Graphic Arts to colour etching assisted in his future career as an artist painter.  Many hand skills were learnt such as hand engraving, lino and wood cutting, also etching with zinc, copper and magnesium and later etching on film in lithography.

Davids painting career expands many years of studying the art of watercolour painting and he has been involved in teaching his great love of this medium to painters both in Australia and overseas since the late sixties. He is involved in regularly tutoring for the Australian and International Artist magazine and has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1983.

His numerous achievements include over 100 awards in watercolour, including the Herald Sun Best Of Show Gold Medal Award at The Camberwell Rotary Exhibition 2002 and a silver medal in 1976. and Silver Award currently in 2007.  He won the The prestigious Victorian Artists Society Artist Of The Year Award in 1976 ,1980, and again in 1989, and in the same year he received the Distinguished Leadership Award for outstanding services to Watercolour and teaching from the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and a certificate of merit for distinguished service to the community.

His works are represented in Numerous Public and Private collections World wide .

Davids work is regularly exhibited in Australia ,in several  States, and in England and the Channel Islands.

He has held regular one man exhibitions of his work since 1975 .

In each exhibition he expresses his love of working freely on location and his love of spontaneity, shape, light and colour.

Their have been many varying influences on his painting journey and aspires to the impressionists Monet, Turner and the expressive John Singer Seargeant also to include Winslow Homer, Brabazon Brabazon and Whistler to name a few.

The book titled 'Solving The Mystery of Watercolor' Features David Taylors work and was written by Ron Ranson.

His work is also on film and D V D  with A P V films


Selected Bibliography.


Australian Watercolour Institute 75th Anniversary 1923-1998

Australian Watercolour Painters 1780 – 1980 Jean Campbell

Australian Impressionist And realist Artists

Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand- Max Germaine

Whos Who in Australia and the Far East first edition 1989

Dictionaryof International Biography1990-91 Twentyfirst Edition.

The International Directory  distinguished leadership Second Edition.

Co Written Solving the Mystery of Watercolour,  David Taylor Ron Ranson

A P V Films Solving The Mystery Of Watercolour  D V D and Video



As we journey through life there are changes to our lives and to the world we live in.

My passion to express myself through my painting remains constant, the experiences are often challenging, moving and uplifting.  Capturing the essence of the subject as a fleeting moment in time requires speed of hand to achieve the spontaneity I like to record.  The light in its many guises and drama of fleeting impressions are important factors when I am viewing this special world that is ours to be a special part of.


In a personal way, I am writing my diary through my work which endeavours to express my interest , my experience and the place I find myself connected to at any given time.

David has been selected as the Principal Artist in Residence at the University of Southern Queensland Australia.

2006 Won the Wilbow Corporation Prize Best painting At the Camberwll Art Exhibition Australia.

Neil Taylor



Neil Taylor was born in Brisbane in 1953 and studied painting in the early 70's with William Robinson. After a short period of teaching he moved to the Sydney area and began to paint and exhibit full-time. He spent almost twenty years based around the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney and painting the local wilderness areas. He now lives in Sydney's lower north shore travelling extensively both in Australia and overseas researching new subjects. He is particularly well known for his treatment of ocean and littoral themes.

Taylor has held more than 30 one man shows in Australia, Asia, U.S.A. and the United Kingdom. He is represented in State collections as well as in a long list of major public and private corporations and private collections.

Member of the AWI since 2007

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Owen Thompson




                                     100 x 60 cms.  2007

Born Melbourne, Australia in 1958.  Owen, who majored in painting and printmaking at the UNSW college of Fine Art and at the Adelaide Art school for his Bachelor of Fine Arts, has held fifteen solo exhibitions to date, with four of these having ‘close focus’ plant  themes, two of them water themes and nine with pure landscape themes.  All have reflected his interest in the natural world and his ability to tackle complex subjects.  His works display strong drawing and compositional skills along with a love of colour and light, reflecting the influence of Australia’s early romantic landscape painters like Conrad Martens, John Glover, Eugene von Guerard and William Piquenit.

Owen has also had extensive experience as a teacher at various community, secondary and tertiary institutions, including several years as consultant for HSC major works at Roseville College.  He currently teaches drawing and watercolour at The Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney.

His works are in many public and private collections including ;- Adelaide Art school , the UNSW College of Fine Art, Lane Cove Council, Nepean Hospital and Artbank.

He has been an exhibiting member of  the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1996 and the Royal Art Society since 2000.

Represented by Katoomba Fine Art.


Guy Troughton


Born Surrey, England. Began exploring the natural world and painting animals from an early age. After drawing his way through an Honours Degree in Zoology at London University, he started to paint and draw professionally. Painting in oils, acrylics and watercolour but with no formal art training, he acknowledges the profound influence on his work of New Zealand’s Ray Harris-Ching, and the American, Andrew Wyeth. Between 1982 and 1996, he undertook commissioned illustration work for major British publishers and conservation organisations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Cambridge University Press and the World Wildlife Fund. He illustrated twelve monographs on British animals as well as many other natural history publications.

The connection between man and nature is a continuing theme. Lenny Ann Low, a writer for the Sydney Morning Herald commented on his work: ‘in each of Troughton’s delicately rendered paintings a spell has been cast and a lull has descended on a busy Earth’.

Will Paulson, a leading American art appraiser recently wrote: ‘the exquisitely fine detail and the intense yet blended colouring is wonderful’. He exhibited in group shows at United Kingdom galleries including: the Tyron, the Mall Galleries and the Royal West of England Academy, holding his first solo exhibition in 1993. He travelled extensively in search of wildlife subjects, moving to Australia in 1997 where he has had five solo exhibitions and exhibited in more than 30 group shows. A finalist in The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, the Blake Prize and the Mosman Art Prize, where he won the People’s Choice in 2005, his watercolour paintings have also been selected for the Salon de Refusés.

He is represented in collections including: the Massachusetts Audubon Society; and The Fauna and Flora Preservation Society. Significant commissions include: one from the United Kingdom’s National Trust Foundation for Art. In 2005 he was invited to teach watercolour at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1999. Member of Wildlife Art Society of Australasia.




     Ingrid Van Dyk




Born in Sydney. Completed a Diploma of Arts at the National Art School
in 1973 and a Diploma in Education, Sydney Teachers College, University
of Sydney 1974
1980 awarded the New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship.
Travelled extensively throughout Europe and the USA.
1982 awarded Moya Dyring Studio Paris France, and the Visual Arts Board
Studio New York, USA.
1982-1983 artist in residence, Natural History Museum New York USA.
1984 solo show Painters Gallery Sydney.
1990 completed Master of Fine Arts University of NSW.
1993 awarded Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.
2001 completed Master Art Administration University of NSW.
2003 finalist, Dobell Prize for Drawing Art Gallery of NSW Sydney.

Invited to join the AWI 2004.
2005 solo show at Esa Jaske Gallery, Chippendale.

Now lectures at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW and the Sydney Gallery

School, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE

Represented in collections: Australia Great Britain and the USA.

David van Nunen


Born Grafton, NSW, 1952. He graduated from the National Art School in 1974, and subsequently obtained an MA (Visual Arts) from City Art Institute (subsequently the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW) in 1988. He has been awarded a number of Artist-in-Residencies at: the Power Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 1980; at the Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory in 1990; at the Art Gallery of NSW in conjunction with that institution’s 1991 ‘Bohemians in the Bush’ exhibition; and at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanoon Trust property on the Shoalhaven River in 2002. 

David is an exponent of plein air painting. Among the central themes of his oeuvre are the Sydney Harbour foreshores, Australia’s wilderness areas, national parks and botanic gardens. The lush, verdant vegetation of Australian sub tropical rainforests is also a recurrent motif in his imagery, a visual influence of his early childhood in Queensland and the northern coast of NSW. Invariably, his landscape subjects are informed by the vibrant palette and bold brushwork of European Fauvism.

David’s awards include: the Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize for a landscape painting, which he won in 1981. Since 1974, he has exhibited in Australia, America, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Thailand, including the Australian Embassies in Paris, Washington DC and Mexico City. His work is represented in collections including: the National Gallery of Australia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and the Strdelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005. He was a founding Member of the Painter’s and Sculptor’s Association of Australia.

Selected Bibliography: 

Nevill Drury, Images 1, Contemporary Australian Painting, McGraw Hill, 1992. 

Bohemians in the Bush, The Artist’s Camps of Mosman, The Beagle Press/AGNSW, 1991. 

Nevill Drury, New Art One, Craftsman House, 1987. 

Robert Holden, ‘David van Nunen: A New Vision of the Australian Landscape’, Arts National, No2, Nov/Dec, 1985.

Cas Van Puffelen

Born Holland, 1919. Studied art at The Hague Academy of Art and Design under teachers from the Bauhaus. He designed industrial Fair Stands in Holland and Indonesia and later in Australia; he worked as a scene painter and designer in the television, theatre and film industries. 

Cas lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales, where he works across a variety of media including ceramics and bronze casting.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005

Robert Wade oam



                        'The Atrium, Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum'

                                                    51 x 76 cms - 1998

Born Melbourne, 1930. Educated Scotch College, Melbourne. Artist, author and teacher. Spent 40 years in Advertising and Graphic Arts. Has exhibited with most of the world’s leading Art Societies.Over 100 awards for Watercolour including 3 Gold Medals Camberwell Rotary 1981, 85, 87; Victorian Artist Society’s Artist of the Year 1985 and 1986; Cornelissen Award, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, London, 1983; Clay Kent Award (Marine Painting) Washington DC, 1985; 8 major awards, Salmagundi Club, NY 1984–93; Talens Award, Grand Prix International, Tregastel France, 1994; awarded Advance Australia Medal, 1986 for services to art.  In 2003 was Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia, 'For Services to Watercolour as Artist, Educator and Promoter of Australian Artists'.  Member of AWI since 1983.  Represented in Brooklyn Museum, NY; Royal Watercolour Society, London; Museum of Watercolour, Mexico City; R & A, St Andrews, Scotland; World Golf Hall of Fame, USA; City of Melbourne; Bank of Tokyo; Stock Exchange of the Netherlands; State and Regional galleries.


Bibliography: Max Germaine, Artists and Galleries of Australia, Craftsman House, 1990; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780 to the present day, Craftsman House, 1990; Tom Roberts, Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists; Alan and Susan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Allen & Unwin, 1994 and 2006.

Dr Guy Warren oam


                        'Picnic in the Bush'  2005

               80 x 100 cms - watercolour & pastel

Born Goulburn, NSW 1921. Studied post-war under ex-servicemen’s training scheme, National Art School, 1946–49.  Lived, worked, studied in London, 1951–59; New York, 1982–83; Paris, 1990. Many study tours UK, Europe and USA.  61 solo exhibitions Australia and abroad. Included in major group exhibitions Australia, Britain, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, USA, Canada, NZ, Indonesia, Poland. 24 awards and prizes, including Archibald Prize, 1985; Trustees’ Watercolour Prize (AGNSW) 1980; Bronze Medal, 4th International Triennale of Drawing, Poland 1988. Teaching experience 1968 - 85: National Art School, Sydney; Universities of Sydney and New South Wales; first full-time Director, Sydney University Art Workshop; Principal Lecturer and Head of Painting Department, Sydney College of the Arts. Resigned from teaching 1985. Director University of Wollongong Art Collection 1992 - 2005.  Represented in major public collections in Britain, USA, China, Taiwan and in the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, all State Galleries, many regional galleries, and public, corporate, institutional and private collections.   Member of the AWI since 1993.

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, 1998.

Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia - for service to art, particularly as a painter, lecturer and journalist, 1999.

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Visual Arts, University of Sydney, 2007.

Bibliography: Monograph: 'Searching for Gaia - the Art of Guy Warren' (Norbert Lynton, John McDonald & Deborah Hart) published by Walgrave Macmillan, 2003; Nevill Drury, Images 2 and 3: Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, 1994/1998 ; Alan and Susan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Allen & Unwin, 1994; D. Richardson, Art in Australia, Longman Cheshire 1988; Andrew Sayers, Drawings in Australia – Drawings, Watercolours, Pastels and Collages from the 1770s to the 1980s, Australian National Gallery, Canberra/OUP; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780–1980, Rigby 1983; Kym Bonython, Modern Australian Painting and Sculpture 1959–60, Rigby, 1960 and subsequent editions. Now lives and paints full-time in Sydney.

Warwick Webb



Born Sydney 1934.  He grew up in Mosman, a suburb surrounded on three sides by Sydney Harbour, where his early work was influenced by his location, and his father’s career in shipping and highly developed skill as an artist.

He pursued an administrative career in the NSW Public Service with the Valuer General’s Department and studied Art as a part time student at the National Art School, East Sydney Technical College and Newcastle.

His long associations with Sydney, Grafton, Wollongong and Newcastle provided the artist with a detailed appreciation of the NSW coastline, its ports and hinterland and added to his comprehensive knowledge of the State’s Maritime history. Both of these dimensions are drawn upon in his choice of painting subjects.

While his primary focus is to portray the strength, grace and beauty of contemporary and historic ships and shipping or evocative “small fry” such as tugs, trawlers and yachts, he is also inspired to address the raw beauty of the state’s hinterland and fast vanishing elements of its rural architecture.

His preferred medium is watercolour, however, his realist works extend to include the use of graphite, ink, charcoal and pastel.

He has been awarded numerous prizes and he is represented in public and corporate collections including the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Defence Industries, Tooheys Ltd., Wallenius - Wilhelmsen Lines, Port Waratah Coal Services and Carrington Slipways.

He has been a Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1984 and is a Foundation Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists, Past President and Patron of the Central Coast Watercolour Society, Member of the Newcastle Maritime Museum.

Periodically writes and illustrates articles for Australian Artist magazine and delivers public interest talks on aspects of Maritime history.

Now lives at Marmong Point, Lake Macquarie.


Australian Watercolour Institute 75th Anniversary 1923-1998. The Beagle press 1998

The Australian Watercolour Institute, Phillip Matthews Book Publishers 2006



Colleen Werner 



She was born in Sydney, Australia. Trained at Meadowbank Technical College (1978 -1979) awarded Art Certificate. Also trained at Sydney College of Advanced Education, City Art Institute (1980 - 1982) ,now a college incorporated in the University of N.S.W., awarded a Bachelor of Visual Art Degree

All her life Colleen has been drawn to the natural world. During her student days she learnt how to express her deep interest in fauna and flora, and current ecological issues through her art. Many hours were spent as a consequence studing and drawing at Taronga Zoo and the Australian Museum in Sydney as an adjunct to her art studies.

Soon after graduating from Art School she moved away from Sydney . Finally settling at Birdwood, west of Wauchope, N.S.W. where she has helped to develop a farm and a nursery growing and propagating local native plants, mainly rainforest species.

She is an elected member of The Australian Watercolour Institute. And a member of The Wildlife Artists Society of Australasia, The Queensland Wildlife Art Society, The Botanical Art Society of Australia, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Florilegium Society, The Australian Society of Miniature Art, and The Wildlife Art Society of the United Kingdom.

Her work is exhibited throughout the year in various exhibitions and galleries around the country and occasionally overseas. She has received numerous awards, mainly for watercolour and drawing, She was invited to exhibit with the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney – Botanica  Exhibition ,The Sceggs Westpac Art Prize ,and The Frank Saxby Prize. Also she has been a finalist in The Faber Castell Drawing Prize, The Jacaranda Drawing Prize and Three times finalist in The Hutchins School Art Prize. She was invited to contribute to the Royal Botanic Gardens bicentennial  florilegium collection. In 2006 she traveled to Busan in  South Korea to represent the Australian Watercolour Institute at the opening of “The Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour”. She was also granted a Residency at Bundanon. She has work in public Collections in Australia  which include  Bundanon, The N.S.W. Arts Council, The Greater Taree City Council, and The Port Macquarie Hastings Council. Her work is also held in collections in Canada, Germany, Holland, South Korea and Japan.

Colleen works in a number of mediums, including watercolour, graphite, oils, etching and leadlight, however her most used medium is watercolour. Most works are detailed studies of the natural world. A great deal of her inspiration is sourced fron the bushland that surrounds her home .She feels privileged to live where she lives, on the edge of the Werrikimbee Wilderness - a World Heritage listed area. She is captivated by the animals and plants she encounters in her ramblings. It is hoped that through these close studies, the viewer may be drawn into thinking of broader ecological questions, and be held in awe of the natural environment as she is.

Bibliography -

"Australian Watercolour Institute",75th Annivesary 1923-1998,Beagle Press 1998

“The Australian Watercolour Institute – A Gallery Of  Australia’s Finest Watercolours”, Phillip Mathews Book Publishers 2006.

"2002 Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour", Catalogue Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour held in conjunction with the Asian Games and the Busan Biennale, South Korea 2002.

"2004 Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour", Catalogue of Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour held in conjunction with the Busan Biennale, South Korea 2004.

“2006 Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour”, Catalogue of Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour  in Busan , South Korea 2006.

"Local Eye View", Catalogue to exhibition held at Port Macquarie Hastings Regional Gallery 2004.

 The  "Australian Artist Magazine".

 The  "Wildlife Artists Society of Australasia Magazine".

“Kalimat” Issue Number 24, September 2006, An international magazine of creative writing.

James White


                              'Sun Shower'  2005

                                     62 x 82 cms


Born 1946 and raised on the family farm in Boggabri, northern New South Wales. James White attended the local bush school before moving to The Armidale School. Here he came under the influence of Fred Roberts, who introduced him to the possibilities of art. Winning the watercolour prize at the Currabubula Art show in 1964, just as he left school, was a further incentive to continue painting.  He was to win the watercolour prize at Currabubula another six times over the succeeding years.

James White spent the next three years travelling overseas, sketching and painting. When he came back to Australia, he returned to the family farm at Boggabri. Inspired by local artist Rupert Richardson (who would himself become a Member of the AWI in 1980), watercolours became James White’s preferred medium. He felt that watercolour enabled him “to paint images with strong clean colours which are full of light”. His subjects are generally drawn from remembered images from visual incidents observed in other countries or sourced from his local environment. His content focuses on telling a story with, as he has put it, “a hint of humour”. He has had solo exhibitions of  watercolours at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale in 1998 and 2004,  and has also had solo exhibitions at Weswal Gallery in Tamworth, the Moree Gallery, the Narrabri Art Gallery, and Gallery 126 in Armidale.

In 1994, he became a Visual Arts teacher at The Armidale School, where is now the senior art teacher.

Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1991.


Australian Watercolour Institute 75th Anniversary 1923-1998. Beagle Press, 1998.


Windows are the Eyes of the World‚ Weswal Gallery, Tamworth  2005; Australian Watercolour Institute 82nd Anniversary Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery, 2005

Judith White  



                                                   Estuary Series: Drift, 2007  

                                       84 X 120cm  mixed media on canvas

Born Sydney, 1951. Trained National Art School 1970–72. Founded and administered a private art school in Sydney 1978-88. President Peninsula Art Society 1985-86. Bachelor of Arts degree New England University including Fine Arts through Sydney University 1983–88. Travelled extensively in Italy and England 1988. Study tour USA (New York), France and Italy 1990. Solo exhibition Nagoya, Japan, 1993, in conjunction with Gallery 460 as part of the government sponsored ‘Celebrate Australia Festival’. Olympic Co-ordination Authority commission 1996, for a work illustrating the addition of the Homebush Bay development as a new icon of Sydney. The resulting painting ‘Sydney – a Sense of Place’ is hanging in the Exhibition Centre at Homebush Bay.

Awarded Mosman Art Prize 1983, 1998; Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize 1985, 1988, 1993. Manly Daily Art Prize 1986; Wyong Arts Festival Open Art Prize 1984, 1992; Woollahra Bi-centennial Art Prize (Watercolour) 1987.  Held over 16 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Gosford, Melbourne, Canberra, Gold Coast, Queensland, Japan. Member of the AWI since 1987. Represented in corporate, private and public collections in Australia, Japan, USA, Holland, Israel.  Major work for new Hilton Hotel Sydney 2005.

John Woodland AWI, FRAS, FASMA, ISMP 



                                        "Cleaving The Sea"

"Born in Sydney in 1944, I was educated in The Rocks area where I grew to appreciate the significance of the inner city buildings ,the streetscape and harbour. I became interested in the local architecture and the ever changing scene on the harbour and wharves. These images are often expressed in my artwork.

I commenced employment in commercial art then later began a period with the Commonwealth Government Authority and its successors which were responsible for the control of stevedoring operations within the shipping industry. In this role I visited many ports and in 20 years of service I gained experience that led me to illustrate the various ways of life that have since disappeared from the Australian waterfront.

I have painted exclusively in watercolour for some forty years and I truly believe that it is the most beautiful expression of all mediums. Its difficulty is always challenging and sometimes frustrating but the rewards are worth the experience.

Besides my valued membership of the Institute, I am also a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales, a Founding Member and a Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists and a Professional Member of the International Society of Marine Artists.

I have won numerous awards over many years including the Royal Canberra Art Award, the Bright Watercolour Art Award, and many others but I have never lost the enthusiasm and appeal that this beautiful expression of art offers to an artist."

 Joseph Zbukvic



Born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia 1952. His formative years were spent on a small farm. This early experience gave him an understanding of man’s relationship with nature and still influences his choice of subject matter. His early education was very versatile and included both performing and visual arts. His parents felt that there was no future in the painting profession and enrolled him into a school of languages and literature (1967–70) to pursue a teaching career. This was interrupted when they migrated to Australia, first settling in Geelong, Victoria. Here he continued his formal education at Deakin University gaining a Diploma of Art in 1974, majoring in Industrial Design. During this course, he was introduced to the watercolour medium and began painting again, achieving early success in local art competitions. In 1976 he took a position with the Victorian State Government as creative activities co-ordinator in the Department of Health, Melbourne. In 1976 he took up painting full time and became a tutor at the Victorian Artists Society, 1988–90. During this time he started teaching at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, 1989–98. Earlier he became vice president of the Old Watercolour Society Club, 1991–94. He was also the artist-in-residence Mimara Museum, Zagreb, 1992. He is widely appreciated as a watercolour tutor and judge. Member of the AWI since 1998. Awarded 1986, 88, 90 Alice Bale Watercolour Prize; 1987 Victorian Artists’ Society Spring Exhibition; 1991 Norwich Industries Award; 1978, 97 Camberwell Gold Medal. Represented in Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum; Grafton Regional Gallery; Mimara Museum, Zagreb; City of Camberwell; City of Queenscliff; City of Box Hill Wildlife Association of Victoria; Sheraton Towers, Southbank, Melbourne; Regent Hotel Collection and numerous corporate and private collections.


Bibliography: Alan McCulloch, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson, 1968 and subsequent editions; Jean Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painting 1780 to the present day, Craftsman House, 1990; Tom Roberts, Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists; Graphic Management Services, 1991