Guest Artists

Our Guest Artists

Marcel Desbiens (Director)

Marcel founded Brisbane Painting Classes in 2005, after discovering considerable interest in his unique oil painting methods, developed through decades of study of the techniques of the Old Masters, such as Caravaggio, Rubens and Rembrandt.

Marcel’s belief that anyone can paint, given appropriate instructions on the right tools, skills and techniques, led him to develop a series of classes in oil painting, from the foundations for absolute beginners, through to advanced techniques for those wanted to extend their skills and experience.

Over the years, these oil painting classes grew and Brisbane Painting Classes expanded to include an increasing variety of classes in different mediums, with an increasing number of award-winning artists delivering classes and workshops at the studio.

Marcel’s passion for painting and his enormous in-depth knowledge for the medium of oil are clearly visible in his teaching and ongoing dedication to his own art.

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Andrew Bonneau (Drawing, Oil Painting)

Andrew Bonneau’s unique perception and ability to capture the essence of his subjects led to his selection as a finalist in the 2017 Archibald Prize.

Working predominantly with oils, Andrew’s subject matter includes portraits, figures, still life and landscapes – to which he brings a deep sensitivity of the forms of nature and the subtlety of light, embodying many qualities of the Western Realist tradition.

Born in Tasmania in 1981, Andrew earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at The National Art School in Sydney and later studied with Charlie Sheard and at the Grand Central Academy, New York.

In addition to his selection as an Archibald Prize finalist, Andrew has been a finalist in many art prizes including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. His work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Australia, Dubai and The United States and is in private and public collections around the world.

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Barry & Lucy McCann (Acrylic, Oil)

Both full time professional artists, Lucy and Barry McCann are a husband and wife team who work largely on a commission basis, and aim to produce quality paintings, with viewer appeal.

They teach and produce art in their studio in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia but are often travelling to gather subject matter for their paintings or teaching art groups.

Barry and Lucy have participated in numerous joint and group exhibitions winning many awards and have been finalists in some of the most prestigious art competitions throughout the world. Their work has been widely exhibited, published, awarded and collected.

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Brett Lethbridge (Gallery Curator)

Brett Lethbridge is a multi award winning artist with a national reputation for his boundless creative energy. His work ranges from the sublime and beautiful linework of his drawings to the vivid richness and exquisite detail of his large paintings.

Having finished a degree in Law, Brett took hold of his vocation and began drawing and painting in 1998. Winning numerous awards and on the encouragement of his friends Brett decided to extend his artistic pursuits in Europe. A year in Siena, Italy was followed by numerous international exhibitions including Singapore, Germany, New York, and Romero Britto’s gallery in Miami, Florida.

In 2004 Brett opened his own gallery in Paddington, Brisbane. Lethbridge Gallery exhibits, encourages and mentors some of the best artists in Queensland and has a reputation for showing artists with excellent technical skills.

The gallery runs three annual art awards and regularly participates in art fairs in the United States, Asia and Australia.

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Cherry Hood (Watercolour)

Cherry Hood’s distinctive oversized watercolour paintings of faces have led her to winning the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2002, as well as to being selected numerous times as an Archibald finalist – including the first watercolour painting to ever be hung as part of the Archibald.

Having studied art at St George Tech, the National Art School and Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney), Cherry is passionate about education and regularly shares her knowledge and practices through workshops and gallery talks.

Over her 20 year painting career, Cherry has had countless solo shows in Australia and overseas, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and Zurich, as well as being invited to contribute to numerous group and theme exhibitions. Her works have been collected by most major institutions in Australia as well as by many corporate and private collectors.

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Colley Whisson (Oil Painting)

"Better paintings begin when you are totally captivated by the subject. I have a strong belief that painting is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas."

Internationally recognised impressionist artist, Colley Whisson, credits his introduction to the art world to his father and a brief stint as a picture framer.

Having started painting at the age of 20 in his home town of Brisbane, Colley quickly mastered the technique of capturing light to create atmostphere – a ongoing distinctive feature of his work – leading him to become known as one of Australia’s finest young Impressionist painters.

Colley’s first solo exhibition at the age of 24 was a sell out, and since that time he has held another 30 solo exhibitions, won numerous awards, published two books, a number of demonstration videos and many print based and online articles.

He is now in demand as a judge and a teacher, teaching students how to create impressions of their subject using big, bold brushstrokes.

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Christine Clark (Pastel)

Christine Clark is a professional artist and sought- after Tutor adept at helping students develop their own individual style and guides each student in reaching their potential, in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Christine has won numerous awards and in 2007 was awarded Master Pastellist of Australia, status from The Pastel Society of Australia and in 2012 the prestigious Pastellist of the Year Award. Examples of her work have also appeared in the Australian Artist Magazine. Recently in January 2015, Christine appeared on the TV show ‘Colour in Your Life.’

Born in Melbourne Chris has always had a passion for drawing and painting. Now living on the Sunshine Coast for the past 25 years with her family, she has been inspired by a variety of subjects, figures, portraits, seascapes, flowers and animals. Chris has painted in various mediums, but regards pastel, oil and charcoal as her favourites, loving the soft luscious strokes, texture and vibrant colours.

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David Henderson (Oil, Watercolour)

"People and the spaces they inhabit – whether in the form of historic cities, interiors or the nude are the subjects which interest me most. It is through direct observation of the way these interact with more elemental factors – light, shadow, space, atmosphere – that I believe it is possible to catch a glimpse of each subject’s true spirit."

Award-winning artist & Royal Academy graduate, David Henderson, spends half of his year painting in Australia and the other half, painting in Italy.

David believes Italy to be unique in its concentration of artistic treasures, architectural splendour and beauty of light and landscape – elements which are stunningly captured in his drawings, watercolours and oil paintings.

After studying architecture in Brisbane, David enrolled in a course in painting at London’s Royal Academy School, graduating in 1985. He has since held numerous solo exhibitions of his work in Brisbane, Melbourne and London and has been the recipient of several awards and commendations. For many years, David taught art part-time at various institutions, including lecturing and running courses in art history and design at QUT.

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David Wells (Pastel)

"I believe that a living person is more interesting than any artwork ever made; therefore, everyone is a masterpiece waiting to be painted."

David Well’s stunning pastel work has featured internationally on the cover of both the Pastel Journal and The Artist Magazine, while his portrait of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is now part of the Royal Family’s art collection.

With a focus on portraits and figurative work, David has been the recipient of a long list of local and international awards and has exhibited extensively in South East Queensland, and in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – and all since starting painting at the age of 26!

David’s relaxed, yet highly informative teaching style, and his eclectic professional background (ranging from visual artist and graphic artist, to musician, circus and street performer) has made him one of Brisbane Painting Classes most popular tutors. His passion for art and especially pastels is matched by his extraordinary talent, which he is more than happy to share with anyone willing to be taught.

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Daniel Butterworth (Acrylic, Oil, Watercolour)

Doug Moran and Archibald Prize finalist, Daniel Butterworth is an established artist specialising in portraiture – frequently using self portraits to express social, political and personal views.

Having started his working life as a sign-writer, Dan later completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Latrobe University and has been a practising artist for more than 20 years. Working from his studio in Kyneton, Victoria, Dan has most recently been producing large scale self portraits, using oil on paper.

With numerous solo and group exhibitions to his name, along with selection as a finalist in a large number of high profile portrait prizes, Daniel is now in demand as a guest artist and teacher in Australia.

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Donald J Waters (Acrylic)

"At the early age of three my potential as an artist came to the fore. I would sit on the lounge room floor painting and drawing with anything I could lay my hands on… boot polish, nail polish, lipstick… anything that had colour and could be used as paint!"

From these early experiments with colour, Donald James Waters has gone on to establish an illustrious painting career spanning well over three decades. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres and features a unique style that uses stylised strokes, overemphasised characters and bold blocks of colour to tell a story.

Donald’s career has taken his art to every corner of the globe and his distinctive style has made its way into the catalogues of many private and corporate collectors alike, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s art collection.

Don sees art as an adventure that must be experienced not only by the artist, but also by the viewer – comparing it to the feeling of driving into a new land and looking down into a valley he has never been before. He shares this sense of adventure and passion for art with his students in his highly engaging and entertaining guest workshops. 

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Heidi Willis (Watercolour)

Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught natural history watercolour artist.

Her work illustrates our native and exotic plants, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful, distinctive portraits of Australia’s unique and spectacular bird life offer viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it.

Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s leading emerging artistic talents and her international reputation as an exceptional natural history, wildlife artist and botanical artist is well established.

Her works can be found in significant public and private collections around the world and are often sold before completion.

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Helen Cottle (Mixed Mediums)

"My main aim is to paint passionately and enthusiastically… with variation, versatility and diversity… always changing and evolving so as not to become staid. I feel the need to continually keep my work alive, looking for inspiration evoked by emotion, mood or atmosphere."

Helen Cottle’s realistic/impressionist painting style has grown out of decades of experimentation with different mediums.

Born in Williamstown, Victoria, Helen’s artistic life started in early childhood where she spent hours drawing from life. However, what began as a part time hobby, over time evolved into a passion to express herself creatively in whatever medium the chosen subject calls for.

Inspired by and studying the brushstrokes and techniques of artists such as Arthur Streeton, John Singer-Sargent and Harold Herbert, Helen initially focused on oil painting before moving on to specialise in watercolour. Recently Helen has moved into acrylic and mixed media. She believes that regardless of medium, having a fascination with the effects of light on a subject and observing life’s intriguing details, enables everyday views to be transformed into dynamic and interesting works of art.
Helen has had many successful solo and joint exhibitions and is now a popular and highly sought after tutor and educator.

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Herman Pekel (Oil, Watercolour)

"From the age of 12 I was addicted to paint: its tactile quality, the smell, and the feel. Forty years later I am still obsessed. The subject for me is of less consequence than the simple act of applying paint. As long as the shapes within the picture plane harmonise with one another, the obsession can continue."

Herman Pekel was only 17 when he held his first, and highly successful (a sell-out!), solo exhibition.
Born in Melbourne to Dutch parents, Herman initially experimented with abstract expressionism. However, he has gone on to become known nationally and internationally for his contemporary impressionist works in oil and watercolour – works that capture a wide range of subjects from city and landscapes, through to café and bar interiors and dynamic industrial scenery.

Herman’s love of landscape and concern for environmental issues is evident in his work, as are his early experiences of working on location and painting directly from the light source.

As well as winning numerous art awards, Herman’s work has featured in several books of Australian art and is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas. He is now also a sought-after teacher, sharing his extentive experience with students across the country.

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Hobie Porter (Oil)

Hobie Porter is a contemporary landscape painter focused on place and environment.
He lives & works in the Tweed Valley, North-Eastern NSW. His most recent exhibition, Unnatural History: The Tower Hill Project(2016) Warrnambool Art Gallery highlighted the problems of restoring Tower Hill to its pre-colonial splendor. His work has been selected for recent survey exhibitions, including Assemble | Disassemble(2015) Caboolture Regional Gallery and The New Arcadia(2011) Lismore Regional Gallery, among others. He is currently producing work about North Head’s significant natural history, to be exhibited at Manly Art Gallery & Museum in December 2017.

Hobie has been shortlisted for the 2014 John Leslie Landscape Art Prize. In 2013, he was a finalist in the Colville-LLoyd Rees Landscape prize (Colville Gallery, Hobart), the Mosman Art Prize (Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney) and the Paddington Art Prize (Mary
Place Gallery, Sydney). In 2012, He was awarded Highly Commended in the Essential Energy Countryscapes Art Prize (Bathurst Regional Art Gallery).

Hobie is a Henry Lawson Scholarship recipient, holding a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) with Honours (Contemporary Art) and a Graduate Diploma of Education. Hobie has been exhibiting regularly since 2004 and teaches painting at the North Coast Institute of TAFE. Hobie is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney.

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Jane James (Graphite, Oil)

The natural world, sea and marine conservation are central themes and inspiration for Brisbane-based visual artist, Jane James. Spanning a range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking, Jane’s work is underpinned by a deep love of draftsmanship, craftsmanship and design.

Jane has a deep fascination with the language of art and how it may be employed to convey meaning. This is evident in the rope motif often found in Jane’s work, as well as through objects cast in paint – a unique process developed by Jane which she continues to explore in her latest body of work.

Her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Australia, in New York and Fiji, and have been selected as finalists and winners in Marine and Natural History Art awards.
Jane regularly travels through the Asia Pacific region, collecting material for her art projects and conducting teaching residencies in Marine Art. She also has many years of experience as a lecturer and tutor in Australia.

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Jenni Kelly (Acrylic)

Jenni achieves a realistic expression in her creative freestyle painting leaving the viewer free to exercise their own imagination. These paintings have an appealing sense of colour, freedom and movement with subjects close to nature. Jenni regularly exhibits throughout Australia including 21 paintings hanging throughout the Holy Spirit Hospital at Chermside Brisbane.

Jenni is basically self-taught and is constantly improving her skills by attending other artists workshops, e.g McGregor Summer Schools Toowoomba, Mitchell Summer School’s Bathurst and Clifton Art workshops regularly. Jenni currently lives in Murrumba Downs at North Brisbane.

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John Lovett (Watercolour, Oil, Mixed Mediums)

John Lovett’s passion for travel, landscapes, people and the environment is reflected in his powerfully evocative watercolour, oil and mixed media works.

Born in Cooma, NSW, John studied at Newcastle’s National Art School and has painted professionally since 1979. In that time he has held over 40 solo exhibitions, participated in numerous joint exhibitions and become a regular featured artist and contributor to the ‘International Artist’ and ‘Australian Artist’ magazines.

John’s work possesses an emotive power and vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, color and strong sense of design and is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA.

John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular.

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John Wilson (Oil)

John Wilson’s oil paintings, which capture the more elusive qualities of Australia’s unique landscape, have earned him the reputation of being one of Australia’s leading and most respected oil painters and a much sought-after judge and tutor.

John’s childhood was spent in the beautiful Blue Mountains of NSW, which inspired a deep love of the rugged grandeur, spectacular colours and the many moods of the landscape.

John is now a multi-award winning artist, with 47 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows to his name. He has exhibited in London, USA, Japan, Canada, Beijing China and Seoul Korea and his highly collectable paintings are represented in private, corporate and public collections throughout Australia and internationally.

John’s Masterclass workshops always book out very quickly – a testament to his renowned gentle teaching style and the sheer quantity of expert information he shares during his workshops about the techniques of the Old Australian landscape masters (like Streeton, Roberts, Gruner and Johnson) and the secrets of how to paint beautiful and exciting landscapes.

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Lyn Diefenbach (Oil, Pastel)

"I’m often asked for advice on how to progress with an art career and my answer would be to never stop learning." Lyn Diefenbach

Lyn Diefenbach’s stunningly realistic florals and portraits in pastels and oils are the result of a 25 year journey of discovery of herself and the craft of painting. Her works reflect a celebration of this journey and of Lyn’s pursuit of masterly quality and technique. For the past 20 years, Lyn has also shared her insights into the pursuit of quality and technique with her students.

Lyn’s works have received awards and accolades nationally and internationally, including the Pastel Society of Australia’s Pastellist of the Year award in 2016 and her paintings are represented in major regional and private collections within Australian and overseas.

Lyn has been featured numerous times in the International Artist, Pastel Journal and the Australian Artist magazines, while her ability to communicate her ideas has entrenched her as a respected and sought-after tutor across Australian and internationally.

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Lyn Mellady (Pastel)

Lyn is a 6th generation Australian and paints the images, atmospheres, light and colours of the Australia she loves.
Adept with both oil or pastel, Lyn works frequently with the soft pastel medium (pure, compressed art pigment with very little binder – the same pigment used in both oil and wathercolour but without liquid content.)
Lyn’s work has now won many dozens of awards, and commendations She appears in eight art reference books including ‘Luminous Colour’ by Linda Hibbs ‘50 Australian Artists’ ‘About Face, permanent collection’ and Worlds Best Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil Artists 2010 & 11 by Kennedy Press.Lyn is a charter member and juror for which is based in Canada.

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Lyne Marshall (Oil)

Lyne Marshall’s stunning contemporary paintings, inspired by remote landscapes, can be found in galleries across Australia and in New Zealand, China, Japan and the USA. Her paintings reflect a time and space; a glimpse of a pristine wilderness, untouched by human hands. While not specific to an area, they are based on deeper impressions, of a childhood living on a remote island and now as an adult on an isolated mountain range in Tallegalla, just outside of Brisbane.

Whilst Lyne’s focus is predominantly on experimental painting, she also produces conceptual artworks, as well as being a sculptor and the author of four books on the philosophy and creative process of being an artist. Lyn is strongly focused on helping others to find their creative destiny through her workshops and her books, both of which are in high demand.

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Keiko Tanabe (Watercolour)

Keiko Tanabe’s watercolour paintings have been described as “...being caught between the 'physical' and the 'spiritual'. It is if they are glimpses of who we are and where we have been” (Brian Sherwin, art critic).

As a child growing up in Japan, Keiko painted and drew and won many children’s art awards. However, it wasn’t until 2003, after undertaking a course in basic drawing and watercolour painting at a community college in her current home city of San Diego, that she decided to pursue art as a career.

Keiko’s love of travel is captured in both the exotic and familiar landscapes, cityscapes, waterscapes and interiors that are the focus of her work. Her use of colour, texture and signature brushwork have earned Keiko many awards, and her work can be found in collections around the world.

She is also the author of six books and a sought-after workshop teacher, having conducted more than 170 workshops and demonstrations in the past 6 years.

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Margaret Coulson (Oil, Pastel)

Margaret Coulson spent her formative years drawing people and architectural landscapes in graphite, pantone pens and ink, before discovering pastels. In recent years she has refined her pastel painting techniques, becoming particularly interested in the many facets of water and the reflective compositions that the element of water helps create. Architectural landscapes and portraits continue to be a focus for Margaret.
Margaret’s works have been accepted into a number of competitions and she has produced several pastel portraits on commission.
Most recently, Margaret is sharing her passion for painting and drawing with children and young people, developing and presenting a series of workshops for students on different aspects of drawing and painting.

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Maria Nazyrova (Drawing)

For Russian-born Maria Nazyrova, nature is the greatest source of inspiration for her drawings. Using finely developed skills in observation, perspective, control and precision of lines, Maria’s drawings embellish and transform her subjects into exquisite recreations of reality.

After studying traditional drawing methods for 8 years in her native country, Maria has continued to develop and refine her skills and style and is now passionate about sharing her knowledge with others.

Maria’s students benefit from her in-depth understanding of traditional drawing techniques and what is needed to create a good drawing, as well as from her wealth of knowledge and great resources on artists, drawings and drawing materials – all of which she shares generously with her students.

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Martina Pook (Drawing, Oil)

"Martina’s passion for art and her friendly, informal approach to teaching makes her classes both entertaining and highly informative. I highly recommend her “Business seminar” to artists wishing to expand their understanding of business practices as they relate directly to visual arts." (Stever Cardno, Art Director, Creation Magazine).

Martina’s love for the arts was sparked by her grandfather, a German artist. This love led her to study art at the Peter Schneider Atelier in Germany, before becoming a commercial illustrator – a profession that she followed for more than 15 years.

After immigrating to Australia in 1991, Martina’s ongoing work as an artist and illustrator soon expanded to include the teaching of art, which has been one of her passions ever since. This included creating and co-directing Illustration House at Southbank – a gallery and art school training children, adults and teachers in visual literacy.

In addition to her teaching, Martina has held numerous roles in the arts industry, including as a judge for art shows, a selection committee member and arts board member, and as a regular presenter of art business seminars and workshops.

I passionately held numerous roles within the arts industry, including presentations and lecturing of art business seminars and discussion rounds for emerging artists. Teaching became my main interest in 1999. But I also operate as art show judge and present talks in relation to artwork critiques, business skills and planning within the art sector.

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Mignon Parker (Acrylic)

Mignon’s foray into the art world began at North Sydney Technical College, after which she went on to attend the National Art School’s Diploma of Design, before being offered employment in the advertising industry in Sydney. During her career in the arts Mignon has remained a prolific artist, submitting art work to mass media publication magazines, conducting workshops at well-established art schools and her home studio. Mignon exhibits widely and is represented by the Maulton Gallery in Sydney. Her work is not limited to one style, rather a unique and diverse ride through many different styles and techniques. She is inspired by the Australian Bush and the vibrant bursts of colour and subtle textures that surround her.

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Penelope Gilbert-Ng (Pastels, Watercolour)

A Master Pastellist and finalist in the Archibald and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes, portrait artist Penelope Gilbert-Ng has been creating art for more than 40 years and is a sought after judge for art competitions.

Inspired by the impressionist era, Penelope’s oil and pastel portraits exhibit both fine craftsmanship and a sensitive eye through which she coveys the inner essence of her subjects – capturing them in a realistic, yet not photographic way.

Penelope’s great passion for painting and never-ending fascination for people is not only evident in her work, but also in her teaching, which she has been doing for almost 30 years.

Her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and her commissioned paintings are represented in corporate and private collections across the world.

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Patrick Jones (Life Drawing, Oil)

“I believe core foundation drawing skills are essential for creating a confident artist's hand, and that understanding gesture is the key to drawing the figure with style.”

Patrick J. Jones' oil paintings place his figures in imaginary, fantastical lands, in order to portray the human spirit without the distraction of the modern world. His figurative work is strongly grounded in his superb drawing technique.

While growing up in Belfast, Ireland during the worst of the ‘troubles’, Patrick spent most of his childhood drawing. He then spent fifteen years as an illustrator before heading off to travel the world, and eventually settling in Brisbane.

Patrick is now an award winning artist, author and teacher. His work has featured in major U.S. exhibitions, both in NYC and Pennsylvania, and his oil paintings reside in private collections worldwide. He is also the author of two bestselling art technique books - ‘Sci-fi & Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques’, which chronicles his oil painting methods, and ‘The Anatomy of Style’ which details his figure drawing methods.

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Paul Margocsy (Watercolour, Gouache)

Paul was born in August 1945. As a child he loved to draw but had no formal training or direction. After school he started window dressing at Myer Melbourne. He was called up for two years in 1966 as a conscript and served one year overseas in the army.
In 1978 he became engrossed in wildlife art. After much research into ornithology and through self-taught efforts and experiments he started to get the hang of it. A few years later he became a member of “The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia” and the very next year won first prize for the best painting.

Since that eventful exhibition many things began to formulate ~ Paul was included in a book launch in 1990 featuring 70 of the best living traditional artists in Australia. He also had a book published on his own paintings. Australia Post commissioned him in 1991 to do a water bird series of stamps and he was subsequently commissioned by the United Nations to paint a series of endangered species in 1994, which was released in Vienna.

Paul has had solo exhibitions in London and Japan, six solo shows in America and two at the exclusive “Raffles” Hotel in Singapore, making his international career blossom. To be chosen to exhibit at the prestigious “Leigh Yawkey Woodson Birds In Art” show in America (80 selected from over 3500 entries) was a “feather in his cap”. He was chosen two years running in 1995 and 1996. Paul was honoured with a fellow membership to “The Wildlife Art Society Of Australasia” for services to the society and wildlife art. In 2006, he became the first Australian wildlife artist to have a solo exhibition in Hong Kong. In 2009 he released his second book “Away With The Birds”. In 2010 he was featured in a 4-page article in the prestigious “Art In Watercolour” magazine which was released in Paris.

Paul uses water colour and gouache with airbrush backgrounds to achieve his artwork.

His love for painting, with that of his wife, son and daughter make him a truly contented artist.

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Peter Griffen (Oil)

Peter Griffen is a full time Sydney based artist and has been painting for forty five years, during which time he has traveled extensively and has had numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas. He enjoys painting outdoors but the bulk of his time is spent in the studio creating abstract images derived mainly from the landscape. Typical of his work is its playful dynamic quality and the strong use of colour.

His qualifications in education are clearly evident in his teaching style and his experience in tutoring workshops is quite extensive. He is currently involved in tutoring a series of workshops in association with the Art Gallery of NSW, has taught with the Art Gallery of SA and in such places as Italy, UK, USA, Portugal, Birdsville and the Flinders Ranges.

Peter has had five solo exhibitions in London, four in Paris, two in St Tropez, one each in Lyon, New York and New Zealand. He has had about sixty solo exhibitions throughout Australia, has been in numerous group shows and is represented in many private and public collections.

He has been selected as a finalist in several prizes including the Blake, Sulman, Dobell and Fleurieu prizes and apart from many other texts, has been published several times in the Australian Artist magazine, in particular, in issue number 109, “Making Sense of Abstract Images”. His work and personal comments appear in his book, “In and Out of Abstraction”.

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Rikki Fisher (Sketchboard)

Rikki Fisher is recognized internationally as a Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA). Currently only 4 Australian artists have attained MSA accreditation with the International Society of Scratchboard Artist (ISSA).

Rikki is motivated by her passion for wildlife. She is considered one of the pre-eminent practitioners of this art form. Rikki is both proficient and versatile in the craft and well able to impart her extensive knowledge.

Rikki has won National and International awards for her work. A resident of northern NSW, Rikki holds workshops and has given demonstrations at local, State and International levels.

Her exquisitely detailed works speak for themselves.

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Robyn Collier (Oil)

Robyn is well known as a prominent Australian wilderness landscape and seascape painter of contemporary realism who started painting in the early 70’s – when traditional art was really taking off and Sydney Galleries were frequent and successful. Most of what she has learned has been learned from the observation of nature and constant hard work –being a self realised artist. Having spent many years painting en plein-air she then graduated to studio work and subjects requiring more time and reference while still retaining the Alla-Prima technique. (Direct painting, wet-in-wet).

For the past twelve years Robyn has been travelling round Australia and New Zealand tutoring workshops – a direction which is proving to be most fulfilling.
Painting will always be her first love, but feels enriched by being able to impart knowledge to others who are also enjoying the journey of art – something that has formed and enhanced her life beyond belief.

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Silka Huang (Ink, Drawing)

Silka Huang specializes in Chinese Paintings of landscapes and ‘birds and flowers’. She completed her Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts in Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China on an academy scholarship.

Silka participated in the Excellent Works Collection in XAFA in 2016, Chinese Young Artists Exhibition in 2017, and Graduates Art Fair in 2017. Her works are displayed in China, Italy and United States of America. She has been an art teacher since she completed her studies.

Silka commenced working with Brisbane Painting Classes in an administration capacity and tutor from late 2018.

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Tianni Fazio (Mixed Media, Sketching)

Tianni is a creative and easygoing tutor who always carries a journal when travelling. She filled lively journals in great depth when living in Japan which she will share in this workshop.

Tianni has an abundant knowledge of art materials and will help you bring your thoughts on papers with any materials you have on hand.

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