I was born in Velden/Vils Bavaria Germany in 1945. At the age of 9 my family migrated to Australia. I grew up at Leigh Creek in the far north of South Australia where I developed a love of this unique vast country. Drawing was always a pre-occupation and in the late 1970’s studied drawing, design and painting at the Stanley Street School of Art North Adelaide.
Two teachers, namely Dr. Jolly Koh and Trevor Goulding had a profound influence on me.
In 2002 and since my retirement, I began to paint in earnest.
I feel so fortunate to have had a life time in designing and painting. I set up my own jewellery business some 30 years ago and after many years I have come the full circle to paint again.
I have based my jewellery mainly on Australian flora and fauna including the use of fossils and other found objects.
My work has brought me in contact with so many people in all walks of life that are now friends.
Sue lives locally and is a self-taught artist, working in all types of mediums - acrylic, pencils, pastels and her favourite - watercolour. “I love how unpredictable it can be”, Sue says, ‘I like to test myself by using all types of surfaces as a canvas, such as paper, paperbark, palm fronds and even canvas! I enjoy them all”.
Sue has also designed greeting cards for ‘Heart Kids Australia’ as a fund raiser, and Christmas cards too.
Working in the upholstery industry for many years, Sue now combines her artistic eye with her upholstery skills to create colourful and unique patchwork chairs in bright and interesting fabrics.
“I have been a member of Art@Goolwa since the beginning in 2012 and very happy to be here alongside so many gifted artists”.
Anne was born in Richmond, New South Wales and lived in Sydney most of her life until moving to Adelaide in 1991. She has now established herself as an emerging artist. Being self taught, Anne’s interests are varied and her work has expanded from creative watercolours to experimental acrylics.
Her work includes a wide range of subjects from Australian scenery, quirky animals, abstracts and a variety of other subjects. Anne’s personality shines through in everything she creates, with her versatility and ability to capture light and movement in her paintings. The use of vibrant colours and the flow of watercolours on paper
Annette first discovered a love of painting as a fifteen year old, when studying art at High School. Now almost forty years later her affair with the acrylic medium continues.
From the pristine beaches of Kangaroo Island and the mainland coast to the birds, flora and wildlife that call our state home, each of her paintings has been inspired by what Annette sees through the lens of her camera.
Using acrylic paint, these images are then meticulously preserved in intricate detail onto the canvas. ‘Applying paint to a canvas is just part of the process. It is having experienced the moment that brings a painting to life.’
As a frequent visitor of the Porter Street Gallery for a number of years, Annette is thrilled to join this talented group of artists and display her work in this delightful Gallery.
My love of art began when as a young teenager a neighbouring artist, Alice Collins, started an art class in her Blue Mountains studio. She encouraged me to use all sorts of mediums, ink wash, oils, even sculpture which made me feel open to new ideas and not restricted by rules. I gained confidence from winning several prizes when Alice submitted my work to art competitions - at age 14 winning a prize in the National Art Awards, a treasured book of Modern Art.
My passion is shared between paintings, some where colour flows together to suggest dreamy landscapes, pen and ink line and design, mosaics, photography and ceramics.
This is where I can utilize either the graphic line designs in black & white or designs of pure colour as portrayed in my work currently in the gallery.
The landscape always fascinated me.
Apart from some basic painting lessons by the South African landscape artist Johannes Blatt during my high school years, I had no formal training in art.
Later, as a life stock agent I travelled extensively and had the opportunity to observe the intimate relationships between light, sky and land.
I admire the masterful delicacy of Arthur Streeton, the brave steps of Arthur Boyd into the new and the bold confidence of Kenneth Knight.
In my efforts, may the observer recognise a little of that fascination and share in some of the joy.
Lindy Downing has been exhibiting her work for around 15 years. Inspired by nature, the landscape and associated mythology, she has been drawing, painting, photographing and studying the natural history of Goolwa for over 25 years.
Lindy has won many Awards including:
• 1st in the Nature section of The Goolwa Rotary Art and Photographic Exhibition (2014);
• Diamonds Camera Award in the Characters of The Fleurieu Exhibition, McLaren Vale (2014);
• 1st in the Digital Art section of the Royal Adelaide Show (2014).
As a fellow of the Royal South Australian Association of Arts and a member of Art@Goolwa Gallery, Lindy’s work is always on display somewhere.
After a long career in Graphic Design Dave has returned to his first love - fine art.
Dave graduated in 1991 with a Diploma in Graphic Design, majoring in drawing and photography.
He has worked as a Graphic Designer in Government, not-for-profit organisations and freelance for the past 30 years. His projects have included designing for print and digital mediums as well as illustrating and cartooning.
Dave loves to paint in bright and vibrant colours, reflecting his graphic design background.
Favoured mediums: Acrylic on canvas.
Dave’s main inspiration comes from the Impressionists and the always interesting landscapes of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Maria completed a bachelor of Visual art & Design in 2010 with a major in jewellery and a minor in painting. Since then she has completed a Cert IV in Graphic Design and is now in the process of doing an Advanced Diploma of Marketing.
Much of her work is inspired by memories of childhood, the Art Nouveau period and a vivid imagination. Walking over wildflower covered paddocks in Holland gave her a love of nature. Many of those early memories, the nature by which she is surrounded today, and by using a combination of techniques such as anodizing, riveting and crochet, and a variety of materials such as; titanium, silver and craft wire enable her to create distinctive jewellery pieces.
Growing up in Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula and being surrounded by the natural wonders of the Murray River, the relatively pristine coast and the diverse wildlife, one is easily inspired.
My interest in photography developed after I picked up my first digital camera following the birth of my first son. I soon developed a passion for this artistic medium.
My first exhibition was titled “Chasing Light” and that is exactly what I do, I chase and capture the light that falls across our land and seas.
The rush and the feeling of excitement experienced when creating an image or capturing a moment that will never exist again is what I love most about my chosen field of art.
Helen started her artistic journey in 1985 at Mt Barker TAFE, studying for an Art & Craft Certificate. Her main interest at that time was hand building in clay and over time that led to a pottery business in Kapunda for 16 years.
After a busy career selling pottery all over Australia, Helen and her husband retired to Goolwa in 2005.
Helen then added spinning and felting to her artistic pursuits, later becoming President of the Spinners & Weavers Guild at Victor Harbor.
Today Helen spends most of her free time felting, embellishing and knitting, creating her unusual textile creations. Helen also enjoys teaching felting from her Goolwa home.
I was born in Adelaide and have been a practicing leather artisan since 1974. My skills have been acquired over many years including training with a European master shoemaker. I have frequently exhibited locally, interstate and overseas.
I have been teaching leather skills since 1985 to local groups and many Textile Fibre Forums around Australia specializing in lastless shoe-making, soft bags and small accessories, always encouraging students to aim for the highest possible achievement.
Leather is an extremely satisfying medium with which to work both visually and sensually.
Working with wood has been both a career and a passion for me. I was fortunate to have a secondary school woodwork teacher who introduced me to the beauty of wood and the joy and precision in working it. Retirement allows me to indulge my continuing love affair with wood.
Turning is an opportunity to create useful and beautiful articles from a raw material which always holds surprises. In some cases ‘opening up’ a piece of wood on a lathe reveals a weakness or fault causing an almost complete article to fly apart.
At other times an unexpectedly beautiful figure and colour is revealed which enhances the original design concept and the final article.
In both cases there is great excitement for the turner, in the former case the frustration of a beautiful article destroyed, in the latter, an opportunity to share with others the unexpected beauty which enhances the created shape.