Featured Artists for July
For July, our Featured Artists segment showcases the artwork of three very talented artists; contemporary watercolour artist, Glenys Gaston and wildlife artists Christelle Grey and Kathy Medbury.
We hope you enjoy viewing their amazing artwork and finding out more about their individual artistic journeys.
Christelle Grey is a portrait and wildlife artist who works in watercolours and oils. Although mostly self taught, Christelle has travelled to New Zealand and Canada for workshops and private tutoring. Attending various workshops has given her further inspiration whilst expanding her artistic skills. Like many artists she finds watercolour to be a challenging and unforgiving medium, but once mastered, it is so very satisfying.
Christelle moved from South Africa to Australia in 1998 with her family. Growing up in South Africa gave her the opportunity for frequent visits to National Parks from which she developed a deep appreciation and connection with the wildlife of her home country.
She has always been inspired by the textured beauty of nature, such as the rough and dusty folds of an elephant’s skin and the pure softness of a cat’s fur. It gives her great pleasure and a sense of peacefulness to connect to her memories of the stunning African animals through her paintings.
Whilst her favourite subject matter is the wildlife of Africa, she also enjoys painting portraits of people and pets and welcomes commissions for pet portraits.
Christelle will be exhibiting her work in November at the CSTUDIOS Art Gallery in Newcastle. Further details will be available closer to the date of the event.
Kathy Medbury is a well established artist, illustrator and sculptor, who started her career in art at an early age of just 16. Working as a Graphic Artist she designed and produced art for the Department of Defence and Armstrong’s Advertising Agency. From 2003 to 2012 she worked for a local primary school where she produced designs for school jackets, catalogues, letterheads and logos. During this time she also illustrated five children’s books.
Kathy loves to experiment in many painting mediums and to explore various types of stone, marble and bronze for her sculptures. Her artistic style is generally realism and nature inspired. Drawing from her surroundings she is able to fully capture the beauty that is hidden within the Macedon Ranges and beyond.
From 2012 she joined several local art groups in which she has successfully exhibited her work and has also won numerous awards including ‘Best Sculpture Award’ at the Sunbury Art Society shows for three consecutive years.
Although Kathy is very versatile in the artwork she creates, she has a special talent for capturing the beauty of our Australian birds, some of which are sadly on the brink of extinction.
Glenys Gaston is a contemporary artist based in Bendigo, Victoria. She paints solely in watercolours and for many years has been truly fascinated by the magical and often unexpected elements of this unpredictable medium.
Her artwork predominantly consists of villages, people and forests often painted in a rather quirky, but very unique style. She develops each work of art by applying multiple layers of paint taking a great deal of time and patience. Her colourful, imaginative paintings are well thought out compositions to ensure a perfect balance of colour, shapes and design.
In addition to many successful group and solo exhibitions held throughout Victoria, other achievements include the publication of a 12-page watercolour demonstration published in the Australian Artist magazine in 2010. Glenys was also asked to judge at a large regional art show and to tutor at the Fay Boyd Fine Art workshops in Grafton in 2012.