Kathy Smoker

Kathy Smoker

I was born in Goulburn NSW.

I had my first art lessons in the late 90’s and discovered that I loved painting and drawing.  The art classes that I took weren’t really very helpful but I enrolled, in the following years, in some very instructive workshops. I have been inspired by the landscape workshop tutors and by absorbing information in many art instruction books and magazines and looking at the accompanying images, and by viewing paintings in exhibitions.  I also realised early on that, in order to improve my landscape, etc. painting skills, I had to paint outside i.e. plein air.

I discovered life drawing in 2007 by enrolling in a life drawing group and in 2009 I discovered portraiture by enrolling in Sue Cesarini’s portrait group. I have never taken portrait or life drawing classes – I’ve learned by doing it.

I had a severe skin reaction to oil paints and had to stop using them. I had already discovered pastels, which I love using.

I’m never really happy with any of my paintings and I’m always trying to work out how to improve. My aim is, and has been for the last few years, to also ‘loosen up’ my paintings – I’m still trying to do both!

Painting is an essential part of me. I hope to be able to paint for as long as I’m alive – to not be able to do so would be very distressing.

Websites:    www.kathysmokerart.com

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Easter Competition and Exhibition

The South Coast Pastel Society 2021 Exhibition and Competition is the society’s premier event for the year with artists entering works in four categories: Landscape; Seascape; Flora/Fauna and Still life/Interior. This year’s judge was highly regarded Narooma artist Janet Jones. The winners and runners up in each category will be awarded cash prizes generously provided by the society’s loyal sponsors who have continued to support the society throughout these difficult times.  61 entries were received across the four categories with standards set very high. Judging took place on Thursday 1 April, prior to the exhibition opening the following day.  This year’s “Best in Show” award was won by Margaret Moran for her wonderfully rendered painting “Nature’s Recycling – Nuttley Creek”. The exhibition continues until Sunday 11 April.

The South Coast Pastel Society is a vibrant group of local and regional artists working mainly in pastel – a pure pigment media with centuries of tradition that is just as fresh and relevant today.  The SCPS has been organising quality exhibitions and activities since the 1980’s and offers regular, world class workshops with renowned local, national and international pastel artists.


Margaret Moran receives her award for Best in Show

Judge Janet Jones with her selection for Best in Show