Roxanne Minchin is a major talent in the rich and prolific Broken Hill art scene. She spent her early years at Wamberal on the central coast of New South Wales. Colouring and drawing long before she started school, Roxanne won her 1st colouring-in competition at the age of 4 in the Sun Herald Juniors, a Sydney newspaper publication. Art became a constant theme during her youth, followed closely by music, which she studied for seven years, and she often did sign writing for businesses such as Coles, where she worked after school. Art was one of her matriculation subjects and her major work was chosen to become apart of the Department of Education New South Wales travelling art exhibition.
Art took a back seat for a year while Roxanne pursued a career in Law through the public Trust Office. The constant commuting to and from Sydney initiated a move to broken Hill. Although Roxanne was in the early stages of establishing herself as a contemporary artist, she began studies with Eric Minchin, founder of the Brushmen of the Bush not long after arriving in Broken Hill. By 1980 she had resigned from her position to become a full time artist. Her love of modern art gradually melded with Eric’s more traditional style and Roxanne’s unique and distinctive art has been a result.
In 1986, they were both presented with the Key and Seal to the city of San Angelo, Texas, where they were representing Broken Hill as part of the South Australian Jubilee 150 Sesquicentennial Celebrations. One of Roxanne’s paintings remains in the city collection. Another major exhibition followed in America in 1989 at Robert Fields Gallery in Tulsa. In the same year, Roxanne, together with the Brushmen on the Bush, launched her first Limited Edition Prints nation wide through Stokes Mint and American Express. In December that year the then Governor general, the Hon. Bill Hayden, opened the gallery.
Roxanne and Eric helped raise many hundreds of thousands of dollars with their involvement in charity and service club exhibitions and by donating not only their expertise but paintings and prints too. They both worked hard promoting the profile of Broken Hill. Roxanne continues both tasks. Sadly, Eric died of a brain tumour four years ago. Roxanne’s career continues to shine. She secured permanent exhibitions aboard the liner QEII for 1994, 1995, 1996 and conducted workshops on board in 1995.
In 1996, she was awarded the Broken Hill most Popular Artist Down Main Street. Her paintings have been exhibited widely and extensively around Australia, as well as overseas and she is represented in public, private and corporate collections worldwide in a variety of art forms.
In 1997 she undertook Public Speaking engagements and was also commissioned by the Regional Tourism Association, Broken Hill and St Patrick’s Racing Committee and the Australia Day Council of NSW to produce paintings for their future promotional activities. Roxanne has also been an Australia Day Ambassador since 1997. All this whilst fighting a successful battle against breast cancer. In 1998 Roxanne was awarded Broken Hill Business Woman of The Year.