Feathery Things – a group exhibition of Wildlife Art
Joanne Barby, Jan Barnett, Wayne Byard, Helen Fitzgerald, James Luck, Janet Matthews
Exhibition opening & meet the artists 2pm Saturday 17th May
Exhibition continues until 24th June 2014
Helen Fitzgerald is an experienced artist and teacher with degrees in Applied Science and Art Education and has studied overseas at the University of Vienna and the University of Perugia in Italy. Helen was accepted for the Wynne Prize exhibition when she was only nineteen. She offers refreshingly new aspects of the landscape and exquisitely detailed and beautifully seen botanical representations of flora and fauna. She holds a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society and recognition by the Society of Floral Painters both in the UK, and is a long time member of the American Society of Botanical artists.
Jan Barnett has won over 80 major art awards including awards from competitions held at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery and throughout NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Practicing in oils watercolour, pastel, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture, Jan translates her subjects in a realist figurative style with humour. On other occasions she prefers a non-traditional interpretive approach.
Wayne Byard has had an interest in wildlife and the outdoors all his life. Combined with his natural artistic ability, his focus on wildlife art has been a natural progression. Most of his work is watercolour and gouache paintings of Australian wildlife, however he is always experimenting with mediums and subject matter. Wayne has received many awards and his passion and understanding of wildlife and their interaction with the natural environment is evident through out his work.
James Luck is an award winning and highly respected Australian Wildlife painter. He has exhibited both in Australia and Internationally since 1985 and has twice exhibited at the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition in Wisconsin, USA. James’ work has been published as greeting cards, in various magazines and as fine art prints. His love of native flora and fauna is wonderfully reflected in his work.
Joanne Barby is a mother of three from Nelligen on the South Coast of NSW and has been pursuing her art career for the past ten years becoming more serious as the years go by. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has placed well in various competitions. Joanne conducts regular workshops and in late 2014 will take up an invitation to conduct a workshop at the Domna Downey Studios in the US.
Janet Mathews is a wildlife artist well known for her signature highly detailed realistic works. Janet's individual style of combining coloured pencil and graphite imbues her gentle drawings of animals and birds with personality and humour. She has won numerous awards and exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas. A unique rapport with her 'critters' is evident in her portrayal of animals and birds, either in their natural environment or co-habiting in suburbia.