|Artist Name:||Hazel Howie|
|Art Groups:||Huon Art Exhibition Group|
The Australian Guild of Realist Artists
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
Animals and art have always been a major part of Hazel’s life. Completely self-taught, Hazel is a multi-award winning wildlife artist and her atmospheric paintings have gained international recognition. She is also a dedicated animal rights advocate and wildlife rescuer.
Living in Tasmania, Hazel is one of the original members of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary’s wildlife rescue team. Being a wildlife rescuer allows Hazel to get up close and personal with some unique species that one might not otherwise get to handle.
Some of the more unusual animals that Hazel has rescued include a water rat, Tasmanian devils, Eastern quolls, an Australasian gannet and a micro-bat - all invaluable experience for a wildlife artist.
Seeing and dealing with wildlife in this way inspires Hazel to paint and, in turn, she uses her art to raise funds and awareness for animals.
Over the last ten years Hazel has donated original paintings, prints, pet portrait gift vouchers and merchandise to various animal rescue organisations, such as Sea Shepherd Australia, The Orangutan Project, Soi Dogs and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, to use as fundraisers.
Art Group Memberships
Hazel is a member of several Australian art groups:
Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA)
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia (WASA)
Huon Art Exhibition Group (HAEG)
She is also a signatory member of the prestigious international group Artists For Conservation (AFC).
Being accepted into AFC was a real highlight for Hazel as selection is based on, not only artistic merit, but a pro-active commitment to wildlife conservation.
AFC raises awareness of important conservation issues, and directly supports organizations dedicated to addressing them.
One of AFC’s biggest fundraisers is their annual juried exhibition. Hazel has entered and been a finalist for the last 3 years running.
In 2014 Hazel held two successful solo exhibitions, On the Wild Side and Born to be Wild. 10% of sales were donated to Sea Shepherd Australia and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, respectively.
In December 2016 Hazel will be holding another exhibition, 'Still Wild, Still Threatened' which will be a fundraiser for the International Anti- Poaching Foundation (IAPF).
'Still Wild, Still Threatened' is a collaborative exhibition with Hazel’s daughter, Jennifer Pelham. Jennifer’s clever surrealism wildlife drawings will be an interesting contrast to her mother’s more traditional paintings.
A big believer in the continued existence of the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), Hazel’s half of the exhibition will feature her new thylacine paintings. Jennifer’s drawings will feature a selection of endangered animals.
“I like to try and offer something a bit different at my exhibitions” Hazel says. “For Still Wild, Still Threatened I’ve made 2 life-size thylacine models. We will be ‘blacking out’ one of the gallery’s rooms and creating a Tasmanian rainforest scene, complete with subtle lighting, waterfall, ferns, and rainforest soundtrack and, of course, my thylacines. I’m also planning some ‘How I painted it’ display boards alongside selected paintings. They’re always popular.”
The exhibition will be held at the Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny (Tasmania) from 9th Dec. 2016 – 8th Jan. 2017 and 10% of all sales from Hazel’s paintings will be donated to IAPF.
Hazel is proud to be represented by Huon Art gallery, 9 Wilmot Street, Huonville, Tasmania.
Awards & Achievements Include:
Awards & achievements include;
- AFC - Finalist for the last 3 years running
- People’s Choice Award – Hobart Rotary Art Show 2016
- Mayor’s Choice Award – Huon Art Awards 2016
- 3rd & 4th People’s Choice Award – Huon Art Awards 2016
- Finalist – Australian Artist Magazine Challenge 2016
- Packer’s Choice Award – Hobart Rotary Art Prize 2015
- People’s Choice Award – ‘Watermark’ 2015
- People’s Choice Award – ‘Watermark’ 2014
- Finalist – Holmes Art Prize 2015
- 2nd Place – Australian Artist Magazine Challenge 2014
- Finalist – Australian Artist Magazine Challenge 2014
- People’s Choice Award – Hobart Rotary Art Prize 2014
- 2nd Australian Guild of Realist Artists AAL 2014
- Finalist Mortimer Art Prize 2013
- 2nd – Poochibald Art Prize 2013
- 1st Best Oil/Acrylic ‘On The Edge’ 2012
- Countless Highly Commended/Commended awards.
Contact the Artist
Hazel is happy to accept both wildlife and pet portrait commissions.
0408 690 890