Brian Neal was an established artist when moved from Sydney to Batemans Bay 17 years ago.
He found his interest in pastel painting really grew, inspired by the evocative natural beauty and colours of the South Coast. This has led to a true passion for the medium, and success as a selling and commissioned artist within Australia and overseas.
Lessons with renowned pastel artist Grace Paleg stretched his creative abilities as he built a growing reputation as a key member of our dynamic artistic community.
His artistic endeavours actually began as an eight-year-old in his native England. National art programs were in place to help children make sense of the war. Brian won a national prize for designing a war poster – it was printed, and is now kept at the British Museum.
Brian is active in local art groups including as a committee member of the South Coast Pastel Society. He participates in some 10 exhibitions throughout Australia each year.
Over his time as an artist Brian has won many awards including the Chris Vardon Portraiture Prize which led to other portrait commissions.
His native bird series, popular lighthouse paintings, colourful nudes and his moonglow series also keep him very active.
Danielle Williams (née Atkinson) grew up in Lake Bolac in the Western District of Victoria. She attended Lake Bolac High School developing a lifelong love of art, music and all things theatrical thanks to that extraordinary little town and her extremely musical and talented large family of 11. Danielle was selected to travel overseas to Germany as a Rotary exchange student and upon her return, finished her secondary education in Melbourne at University High School. Art, languages, sculpture, singing and painting continued to exert a lasting influence throughout her student days. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Music and Drama at LaTrobe University before undertaking a Diploma in Education and starting work as a teacher of primary and secondary students, with the occasional stint as a professional contemporary ‘indie’/jazz singer and musical theatre actor.
Danielle met her husband, archaeologist Doug Williams, in Canberra while teaching and performing, and the pair went on to live, work, sing, dig and make chocolates across NSW, Victoria and the ACT, ending up in Moruya on the NSW South Coast with 5 beautiful children.
Taking up art again as a member of the South Coast Pastel Society in 2004, Danielle has gone on to exhibit in local and national exhibitions, achieving regular sales and the occasional award and was most recently awarded first in the Contemporary Section of the 2015 SCPS National Pastel Exhibition with ‘Marina’.
As well as her community work in associations such as the Granite Town Music Festival, the South Coast Pastel Society and Broulee Moruya Giants AFL club Danielle also works as Coordinator and Artistic Director of the Riverlights Project – a truly community public artwork project involving art, disability, school, family/friendship and community groups in the 4 month construction of giant floating lanterns of paper and cane which are then towed by paddlers on the Moruya River. Since envisioning the project in 2013 Danielle has become passionate about community and public Art.
Describing her art style as ‘colourful, fresh and vibrant in application and line’ Danielle’s artistic heroes include great ‘modern’ artists of the late 19th and early 20th Century – Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck – and she likes to think of herself as ‘a contemporary Fauvist and colourist who likes to explore abstraction’.
For further inquiries into Danielle’s artwork, please contact the artist:
I have always had a keen interest, passion and love of painting which started at an early age and continues to this present day. I grew up in Canberra, however a desire for travel took me to many parts of Australia and overseas which fuelled my love for vibrant & strong colours, diversity and subject matter. Always seeking new avenues of expression and medium I have attended numerous workshops to continue my artistic development. I am now located in Batemans Bay after living in Maroubra, Sydney for over 25 years.
Individually I have not limited myself to a particular style or colour with each work reflecting the moment or the mood. My subjects are diverse and can range from traditional to contemporary/abstract and can display a quirky or naïve nature. As I enjoy an artistic challenge I like to work in a range of mediums which include oil, pastel, watercolour, inks, acrylic and pencil/pen & ink.
I am a member of the Batemans Bay Arts & Crafts Society, South Coast Pastel Society and Queanbeyan Art Society. Whilst I do not hold a formal fine arts degree and am basically self-taught, my original Sydney tutor Fred Jones honed my oil skills. I have attended Master Pastelist Grace Paleg’s pastel group and Adrienne Conway’s watercolour group along with fortnightly life drawing and paint in sessions. By attending a range of workshop, tutored by not only international artists, Margaret Evans & Stan Sperlak, and respected Australian artists Janet Hayes, Jenni Kelly, Ray Barnett, Eric Strachan, Val Fitzpatrick, Raelene Sharp, Herman Peckel, Paul Margosy, Naida O’Laughlin, Sheryl Miller, Wilma Southon, Patricia Reust, Tracey Creighton & Chris Blake, my repertoire of knowledge has increased in all media as I continue to strive for excellence.
I have had solo & group exhibition since 2011 as feature artist of the month at the Olive Tree and my works can also be found in local businesses within the Batemans Bay area. I have assisted Ovarian Cancer, Bowel Cancer and Animal Welfare with donated art works for fundraising. I have been fortunate to have many works hang in homes in USA, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Malaysia and throughout Australia and I am represented on the South Coast Pastel Society’s website and facebook pages as well as on my own facebook site and google.
Awards:- 2010 Highly Commended (BBASCS) for Early Morning – Watercolour : 2011 Commended (SCPS) for Pastel “ Old Punt Road” 2012 Highly Commended (BBACS) Water Media for “ The Gorge” : 2014 1st Mixed Media for “Ice Tsunami (QAS) – – 2nd Mixed Media (QAS) & Commended (BBACS) for “Monteray Moments” and 2nd Overall in Show(QAS) for “Autumn’s Orange Glow” (watercolour). 3rd (QAS) for “Deep Forest Stream (Pastel)
Recent Pastels by Lyn WoolridgeMalua Bay Artist Lyn Woolridge was born in Sale, Victoria and spent her childhood in nearby Maffra. She always loved art as a child and drew and painted prolifically.Later she majored in Art at Burwood Teachers College then followed a career in teaching and community Services. Lyn moved permanently to Malua Bay in 2000. She has continued her art studies throughout her life, working at improving her skills by attending numerous art classes and workshops. She has worked in many mediums but she is best known for her pastel paintings of seascapes and rivers capturing the light on water, reflections and changing moods of the sea. Many recent paintings have some watercolour underpainting to increase the depth and sparkle of the images. Her paintings are in collections overseas as well as interstate and locally. She has completed numerous commissions in particular of local beaches and always welcomes new commissions.PublicationsAustralian Artist magazine April 2001 and February 2002Awards 2012 Viewer’s choice award at the South Coast pastel Societies 21st Birthday Exhibition2009 First Prize Pastel Batemans Bay Annual Arts and Craft Exhibition2009 Highly Commended Pastel Montague Art and Craft Society Inc.2009 Peoples Choice Award South Coast Pastel Society “Splash of Colour” Exhibition2009 Second Prize Photographic – Artistic, Queanbeyan Rotary and Art Society.2009 Commended The South Coast Pastel Society”A Celtic Experience Exhibition”2003 Commended Pastel Montague Art and Craft Society Inc.MembershipLyn is a member of the South Coast Pastel Society, Batemans Bay Arts and Crafts Society.Contacts email: email@example.comPhone: 02 44713056Location of WorkBeachSide Bakery, 366 George Bass Drive, Lilli Pilli
Background – Retired early from a 39 year Banking career to enable more full time painting/drawing both locally and overseas with 2 of 7 trips to the U.K. being for whole calendar years when extensive travel and painting brought quite reasonable commissions and sales.
It Began – at an early age with wins for drawing in annual shows and a school poster comp. Then landscapes in oils late 60’s at the encouragement of Robert Lovett
Awards – numerous awards over the years at Rotary type exhibitions over 2 States with quite reasonable sales.
Tutorships – basically self-taught, believing the best tutor is “just doing it” however enjoyed a week painting around Castlemaine Vic in 1992 with Max Wilks; weekly still life oils 1993/4 with Gregory R.Smith and a 1 week watercolour workshop at Balmoral Castle with Sue Ford in 2001.
Memberships: Past exhibiting member of Victorian Artists Soc many years;
MACS Narooma 4 years. And currently a member of Aust. Guild of Realist Artists, Camberwell Vic South Coast Pastel Society; Batemans Bay Arts & Crafts Society; Queanbeyan Art Society
Mediums Practiced: Oils, Watercolour, Pastels,Graphite in which medium I conduct workshops ,mainly on subject of old buildings for which I am constantly on the lookout for subject matter (before they are destroyed). Drawing I believe is an essential prelude to good traditional painting but also a finished art form in its own right.