Featured Artists for December
This month our focus is on Pastels and we’re pleased to feature the works of Penelope Gilbert-Ng, Helen Miles and Maureen Bainbridge, all of whom truly excel in this wonderful medium.
The use of Pastels as an artist’s medium originated around the time of the Renaissance, and gained considerable popularity in the 18th century, when several notable artists made pastel their primary medium. Today, so many artists have come to really appreciate the texture and versatility of pastels.
We know you’ll be amazed by our Featured Artists’ fabulous pastel paintings which range in styles from abstract to realist, and no doubt you’ll be interested to know more about their individual artistic journeys.
Queensland based artist Penelope Gilbert-Ng began her artist journey in early childhood and commenced formal training in her teens through studies at the East Sydney Technical College where she achieved a Diploma of Painting in 1971. She then went on to further her artistic development by painting in isolation in Papua New Guinea for a period of 13 years.
Upon returning to Australia in 1986, Penelope studied with noted artists in Australia, New York (Pastel Society of America Scholarship), and New Mexico (International Association of Societies Convention).
Penelope believes that continual learning is essential for self-development as an artist. She is Past President of Pastel Society of Australia and Master Pastellist and Life Member with the Pastel Society of Australia, Past President and Fellow of the Royal Qld Art Society.
In addition to Penelope’s extensive list of awards and achievements, she was also a finalist in both the Archibald and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes .
Over the years she has held numerous solo and joint exhibitions, has had paintings commissioned by corporate and private collectors worldwide, and has been invited to judge at many art exhibitions. Since 2000, she has also written a total of 9 articles for the Australian Artist Magazine.
Being a much sought-after tutor with art societies and groups nationally in all mediums, Penelope teaches privately and through regular art classes and workshops.
Penelope was also recently featured on a ‘Colour in Your Life’ segment. The viewing is most enjoyable and very informative. To learn more about pastels, its origins, and some important health safety tips, be sure to watch the show on the following link;
Some of Penelope’s latest artworks will be exhibited at the Pastel Society of Australia to be held at The Gin Gin Regional Courthouse Gallery from the 5th to the 30th January 2019.
Melbourne born artist, Helen Miles works in a variety of subjects, styles and mediums. Her devotion to creativity has been a driving force for most of her life. The wonder of colour and light has been a constant inspiration during her thirty years of painting.
Helen has taught painting professionally for many years and her commitment and passion for art is revealed in her involvement in several art societies and as group president of the Kilmore Art Society. She is also the Artistic/Exhibition Director for the well regarded Kilmore Art Expo, which held its inaugural show in 2008.
Helen’s paintings and demonstrations have been published in both the Australian Artist and Artist’s Palette Magazines. She has won well over 120 awards, prizes and commendations and her paintings are held in private and corporate collections worldwide.
Queensland artist, Maureen Bainbridge has always loved to paint, and began receiving several art awards at a very young age whilst still attending Primary School.
In 1980 she had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of oil painting, but due to family commitments, her creativity was put on hold until 1993 when she was then able to fulfil her dream to devote her time to painting. Shortly after, she commenced studying at the Brin Jones School of Fine Art school which gave her a great deal of encouragement and inspiration.
Now living on the Gold Coast, Maureen enjoys the natural beauty around her and takes the opportunity of choosing subjects for her artwork that provide a variety of personal challenges. Although her subject matter varies consisting of animals, birds, flowers, landscapes and seascapes, her favourite is close-up studies of roses. These exquisite original artworks are superbly produced in pastels and many are also available to purchase as prints.
Maureen thoroughly enjoys the wonderful creative medium of soft pastels and the challenge of capturing the light and atmosphere on the delicate petals of a rose highlighting the details of the tiny veins and dewdrops. She says her art has enriched her life and feels richly blessed.