As a child, art was my escape and my outlet, as an adult I explored painting in both oil and acrylics. The creativity and freedom in which I am able to work, allows me to explore and variety of materials to create varied end results. I will continue my exploration and journey knowing for me art is about opening up and expanding.
Undertaking a Diploma of Arts around 13 years ago, allowed a movement an energy in my artwork along with a sense of permission that I had not previously had.
It is with this permission that I now work, at my art is the result of this movement of energy, emotions, feelings, techniques and freedom. I experience great joy while creating each and every piece.
I hope you enjoy my art, not only visually but beyond the visuals . Let art work speak to you, absorb the creative energy and be inspired to move beyond rigidity.
I first handled clay as a child growing up in Bendigo but I i began working with clay in the late seventies in kerang . I enjoy the malleable feel and endless possibilities of using the wonderful materials. In 1987 I completed a diploma of fine arts in ceramics at bendigo TAFE, achieving the highest AGGREGATE IN THE COURE . I AN NOW IN MOOROOPNA WHERE I AM ABLE TO WORK IN MY STUDIO and also teach privately and at Shepparton Art Museum
I enjoy making work on the pottery wheel as well as making hand formed figuratives and sculptura work. I make my own glaze and enjoy the challenge of the alchemist , constantly adapting and modifying my glaze until they create the rite surface and finish for my pieces.
Raku firing creates the depth and richness of surface that I want for my raku pieces which were inspired by the vastness of inland Australia and the straight line of the horizon .
The forms are lifted while still red hot from the kiln using long tongs. They immediately placed in metal bin containing sawdust which ignites creating poor firing reduction. The burning transforms the glaze and an intricacy of surface colour is created when the flame licks over the walls of the form.
RUKU firing is something I look forward to in autumn as the weather cools . this is a cold weather activity to create a form that describes the heat of the interior, licked by flaming and blackened by smoke.
This exhibit is an eclectic range of work from the many talented members of the Shepparton Art Museum.
MEAC Artists will exhibit the works that they have created during the year. This will include drawings, paintings and ceramics by all members of the group, including leaders.
MEAC Artists will exhibit the works that they have created during the year. This will include drawings, paintings and ceramics by all members of the group, including leaders
Oil, acrylic and ink artworks. This exhibition refers not only to the literal flight of birds but also to thoughts and ideas which can and do fly free. Bev is known for the delicate whimsy in her work.
Opening July 29th at 5pm
This exhibition, organised and curated by Dylan McIntosh from Aged and Disability Services, Greater Shepparton City Council will showcase the artworks produced by a group of artists who have been working with Dylan at SAM.
We use a mirror to see our face. We use works of art to see our soul.
George Bernard Shaw.
For the first ten years of her life, Esther lived in Cheshire, a settled and happy family life. One of her early experiences of looking at art occurred when her father took her to a gallery and she realised that what appeared to be a blob close up, was an actual ”thing” when viewed at a distance.
Along with her parents and siblings, she migrated to Australia in 1964. Her father ran a small pig farm in Shepparton and she attended High School there. This was not an easy time for Esther as her accent labelled her as ”different” and she had problems with acceptance and forming friendships.
Although Esther had loved drawing from a very early age, she chose not to select art as a VCE subject as she was deter.mined to become a nurse and needed other subjects to qualify for her course. She nursed for two years before marriage and babies took over her life. During that time Esther did occasional drawing and painting whilst holding down a cleaning job and raising her children.
In 1996, Esther attended PACE college and learned how to paint with oils with Jean Vistarini, a well respected painter and teacher in Shepparton. Jean taught her to paint realistically using scale, depth and colour.
Her art practice intensified when she began attending Dynamic Drawing sessions at Byron Bay with Ron Curran as facilitator. Here she learnt to lose her fear of imperfection and began to loosen her marks on paper.
In portraiture, Esther feels that the way the subject is painted reflects the emotional state of the artist as well as the subject. Choices of paint application, colour and background come from the artist and contribute greatly to the emotional feeling of the work.
Contemporary art also interests Esther. Recent works, exhibited with Splinter Contemporary artists, of which she is a member have a conceptual meaning and have been sculptural as well as painterly.
Esther currently lives in Toolamba with her husband Rocky.