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11/10/20

Was thrilled to have my painting Mina Mina selected for the John Copes Portrait Prize at Bowral Art Gallery.

john copes painting

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10/10/20

I planned a quick escape to stay at Umbi Gumbi which offers an artist residency program.  Its a gorgeous stylish retro beach house amidst a nature reserve of spotted gums right on the beach.  If that doesnt sound perfect enough they also have an artist studio !! Sooooo good.  I didnt want to leave and cant wait to go back. 

umbi gumbi

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18/09/20

Link to : Ancient Sea - Email Catalogue

 

ancient sea pic

We had a wonderful time at Fern St Gallery and had a very successful exhibition with lots of work finding homes with collectors.  Please look at the catalogue and let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of the remaining work.

 

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18/09/20

So thrilled to be included in this event again this year. 

The Little Things Art Prize 2020 is an annual community event, established in 2015, with the goal to encourage shared reverence and celebration of the little things in life that make us feel good, bring joy and inspires feelings of gratitude. This now seems more important than ever!

saint cloche

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17/09/20

I donated this deconstructed painted box artwork to the Save The Box campaign who launched a fundraiser to contribute to funding gynaecological cancer research conducted by ANZGOG.  

www.womencan.org.au/event/save-the-box/virtual-art-gallery 

 

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07/09/20

Went on a road trip to Broken Hill for the opening of the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize. Was so happy to be included in this iconic event and of course made the most of being in the outback soaking in as much as possible and spent some time working on some plein air studies.

https://www.bhartgallery.com.au/PHOAP-2020/Finalists/Patrice-Wills

 

pro hart opening     silverton painting         

 

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24/08/20

Piccolos Cafe on Darling St in Rozelle is providing some wall space to show some of my work.  Its a great little space doubling as a gallery and currently hanging my Desert Flower series.  All available for sale.

 

piccolos

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17/08/20

Very proud of my involvement with the community of artists at Blacktown Art Centre.

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/best-of-the-week-what-to-see-hear-and-do-from-august-16-22-20200813-p55lba.html?fbclid=IwAR0ZutZ4kW2krQ6wGi9IWP6p2zX5t5mhI3o1-WjF7zYQEVG6D6C5pegGjzo

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11/08/20

The Corner Store Gallery in Orange hosted a group exhibition called HOME as a way to celebrate their 6th anniversary.

Artists were invited to submit works created during isolation.  Happy that my painting 'Sleeping Girl' was selected.

https://www.facebook.com/PRIME7NewsCentralWest/videos/598201261123665/

 

corner store

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20/07/20

Headed out to Murrurundi for a painting weekend with some artist pals.  Had a great time working en plein air and exploring the local region discovering places like Paradise Park, Burning Mountain, and of course topped off with a visit to Michael Reid Murrurundi Art Gallery.

 

Murrurundi en plein air

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01/07/20

Finally the Art Centre in Blacktown has opened up again albeit with many restrictions.  Monir Harcourt came and sat for us one Wednesday afternoon so we could paint her portrait......

Blacktown studio

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21/03/20

I have been working at Blacktown Arts Centre making space for local creatives to access a studio environment and form creative alliances.  It attracts a diverse group cross cultural and cross generational.  However the Covid 19 threat and subsequent closures has bought it all to a halt. 

So we have moved online and can now be found on Facebook : 

Blacktown Arts Open Studio  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1096848987340015/?ref=bookmarks

blacktown studio

 

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08/03/20

'Herland 2 - Our Land' is an annual exhibtiion curated by Freya Black and presented by The Womens Library in Newtown which opens on International Womens Day.  This year Bonita Ely and Dr Kerryn Phelps were guest speakers.  Australian women artists responded to the question " How will Women instigate postive change for our land?"  Here is an opening night pic (by artist Sarah Yee) of me with one of my 'Cool Burn Chairs'  which was included in the exhibition.

 

Herland 2020

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07/03/20

As a public program to accompany the exhibition 'No Mans Land'  Gallery Lane Cove hosted a round table discussion to coincide with International Womens Day exploring the themes of our exhibition.  Zorica and Tamara began the event with poetry readings from feminist poets.

No Mans Land artist talk  

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04/03/20

Opening night for 'No Mans Land' exhibition at Gallery Lane Cove was a wonderful experience.  Am very grateful of the support of so many family, friends and collectors. 

No Mans Land

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13/12/19

I love painting these little 9x5 landscapes and look forward each year to the Waverley Woollahra Landscape 9x5 Prize.  Am gratefull to be included again this year with a little desert scape. Its a fab way to end 2019. 


Waverley Woollahra Landscape Prize 2019

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04/12/19

Over Summer you will find me at Blacktown Art Centre every Wednesday and Saturday facilitating an open studio space so that creatives can access the resources to work upon their own artistic goals and projects.  Also offering some workshops in alignment with the Blacktown City Art Prize and Kids Art Prize.

 

BCAC    

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27/11/19

Great opening night was had of the group show 'It's A Wrap' curated by the team at White Rhino Art Space. My desert flower paintings are included. They are painterly symbols of resilience and hope in the face of adversity. I love their feminine and sensitive yet strong character.

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02/11/19

A fun night was had at the opening of the Fishers Ghost Art Award 2019 at Campbelltown Art Centre.  Not only was it great to be hanging with such stellar company but some good friends Tamara Pavlovic-Pandelis and Karen Reithmuller from our postFRESH collective were also in this exhibition and to celebrate and share the event with them was special. 

fishers ghost

 

 

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10/10/19

Back to Sofala under the wing of Amanda Penrose-Hart and in the great company of some fab women artist friends.  We worked hard en plein air and back in Amanda's fabulous studio. We headed west after the opening night of Amanda's solo show at King St Gallery in Sydney which was such a stunning exhbition and launching pad for our week to follow.  Good food, wine, music, banter and laughs had us inspired and making art which will ultimately culminate in a group exhbition later in the year.  I stayed on for an extra week bush camping down the road on the Turon river with my family during the school holidays.

sofala oct 1

 

 

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01/10/19

This year I am supporting the drought relief campaign 'Art For Bales' which is an initiative of a few friends of mine Andrea Hamann and Kate Pittas. Last year they raised 77k!! to support farmers.  This year the sale kicks off on October 19th. Works are purchased from Instagram and funds donated to rural aid.  Help ease the sufferring caused by this relentless drought and get behind it. ... and in the long term please vote for the environment, climate action, and sustainable ethical farming practices. 

Art for Bales

 

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02/09/19

I was so happy to be included as a finalist of the 'Little Things Art Prize' at the beautiful little Saint Cloche Gallery in Paddington Sydney.  My painting of my son and his dog on a camping trip to Hill end titled 'Boy and Bear'  was a simple image as a reminder of the little simple things in life that bring so much joy.

little things

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01/09/19

I spent a few weeks in the Central Desert in the remote community of Yuendumu working at the Warlukurlangu Art Centre. What an experience to be on the beautiful arid desert lands of Warlpiri country and to be immersed in the creative activity of the communities artists.  So enriching and inspiring.

Yuendumu hill

 

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30/06/19

Was thrilled to be included in the Paddington exhibition of the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award - the biggest Art Prize for  small works!  Here is an install shot with my painting hanging in great company.

lethbridge install

 

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30/05/19

I was fortunate to spend a few days with some friends at the studio of Amanda Penrose-Hart in Sofala.  I just love Sofala and Hill End and Amanda supported us as we busied ourselves painting en plein air.

 

sofala plein air 2-sofala plein air

 

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17/05/2019                                                                                                                                                                   

I submitted a landscape work on paper to the Singleton Art Prize this year and went on a day trip to see the exhibition, and met up with some fellow artists from NOKK collective en route.                                                                                  wills singleton                                                                                                                                                                                   

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10/05/2019

I had two paintings hanging in the Camden Art Prize this year. I always enjoy entering this annual event as my parents live nearby. Dad is also an artist and participates in the local category. 

 

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25/03/2019

Over the last year I have been part of an online group hosted by Felicity O'Connor to support emerging women artists.  In celebration of the creative alliances formed we were involved in a group exhibition at Art Gallery On Darling in Balmain.  It was a great success for everyone involved and a wonderful testament to the fruitfullness of supporting other women in the arts.

 HerStoryHerStory Group

 

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07/03/2019 

wish you were here

 

I made a contribution  to ME Artspace fundraiser 'Wish You Were Here - The Secret Postcard Show'. Postcard sized artworks were donated anonymously by local and international artists to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation.  Running from 13 March to 30 march at ME Artspace in St Leonards, the exhibition will showcase the works of over 60 artists, whose secret identity is only to be revealed when supporters have made their purchase.  

 

wish you were here (1)                                                 'Wish You Were Here' oil on board

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06/02/2019

A wonderful night was had at the opening of postFRESH. Thankyou to all who came and supported the artists and collectors who bought work....

PostFRESH is an artistic concept proposed to question cultural attitudes that
emphasise the values of youth and perceived newness in the visual arts. PostFRESH
presents the work of five women who have been there, done that and seen a lot. The
artists’ rich and full life experiences and remarkable transformations have enriched
their perspectives resulting in imagery that gets to the core. Rebelliousness is staged
as the possibility of seeing things differently, tapping into the quiet, understated power
of the artists’ interior lives and relationship with the world

postFRESH exhibition opening night

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02/02/2019

Zorica Purlija and I were interviewed by Nicole Beck on 2SER radio about our upcoming group exhibition and postFRESH concept. Here is the link to the live recording ....   https://2ser.com/postfresh/

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14/12/2018

My little oil on wood panel was a finalist in the annual Waverley Woollhara 9x5 Landscape Prize.  I dropped by on opening night to view all the wonderful paintings.  This work 'Land of the Long White Cloud' inspired from a recent trip to NZ sold at the exhibtiion and I am now tempted to return to the imagery of this sublime dramatic landscape to create some more postcard sized memories. 
WWAS 2018

 

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1/08/2018

Thrilled to have my painted image shown as a projected video work alongside other artists contributing visual responses to the deeply disturbing individual leaked Nauru Files, at the 'All We Can't See' exhibition in Melbourne. The objective is to illustrate these stories through creative expression, using art to shed light on all we cant see within Australian draconian offshore detention policies.


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1/06/2018

Happy to be part of this new artist collective which is an intiative born from some connections formed in the Masters of Art Course at UNSW Art and Design.....

Not the Kool Kids confidently describes the rejection of egotism, pomposity and ageist sentiment. NOKK is a collective which identifies with this dismissal, assembling a unique group of multi-disciplinary artists ranging in age and gender, who as creative allies come together to inflame, agitate and blissfully excite.


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