Featured Artists for May
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve chosen “Flowers” as our special focus for this months’ Featured Artists. Flowers are great for brightening up a room and, while fresh flowers have a limited life, a beautiful floral painting can last forever.
Floral works provide an infinite array of colours across a wide range of styles. From lively and vibrant impressionist works through to highly detailed botanical reference pieces, you can find a floral work to suit any space.
This month we’re proud to feature 9 exquisite floral paintings by very talented artists; Dawn Luttrell, Melissa Fraser and Moyra Le Blanc Smith.
Painting floral scenes can be challenging but, in the hands of these fine artists, the results are stunning. The featured works provide great examples of the use of light and colour to create depth and texture.
Perhaps this Mother’s Day, treat someone special with a painting they can admire and treasure for many years to come. You’ll find a great selection of paintings by Dawn, Melissa and Moyra on OzArt Finder.
We’re sure you’d like to know more about each of our Featured Artists, so here are their stories and be sure to view their individual galleries on OzArt Finder to fully appreciate their expertise.
Dawn Luttrell is currently based in Old Bar in New South Wales. Her love for painting began at a very early age, and she is grateful to her devoted father who converted a back yard shed into an art studio to encourage her interest in art.
She studied art for five years at high school and entered one of her first paintings in the Lane Cove Art Exhibition.
Later, she attended art classes in St Ives where she studied watercolour which lead her to painting on fabric, silk and t shirts, which developed into a profitable business.
After the loss of her dear father from cancer she began painting murals and was commissioned to paint those in the children’s Ward of the Sanitarium Hospital in Wahroonga. At this time she also took on various private commissions.
After residing on the Central Coast in New South Wales for almost 20 years, Dawn has recently moved further up the coast to Old Bar. Now living in close proximity to the beach, she has found new inspiration in capturing the beauty of waves.
Over the years, Dawn has dabbled in various art forms. She entered a painting in the Grandma Moses art competition and worked with others on the mural on the water tank for the Peninsula Women’s Health Centre in Woy Woy. The Brisbane Water Historical Society asked her to illustrate their cookery book which was published in 2014.
Recently she began painting in acrylics – mainly flowers, fruit and vegetables as she is an avid gardener and is amazed at the beauty, richness of colour and intricacies of nature.
Dawn intends to leave not her “Footprints in the Sand” but her “Brushstroke on Mankind” and hopes that people will get pleasure from her work for many years to come.
Melissa Fraser grew up in Melbourne and graduated from Phillip Institute of Technology, Coburg in 1986 where she majored in art while completing a Diploma of Primary Teaching, and later a Bachelor of Education.
Melissa’s artwork, consisting mostly of florals and landscapes has developed over the years into a unique contemporary, semi-abstract style. Much of her inspiration has come from her desire to travel overseas and appreciate the cultures and scenery of foreign countries throughout Europe and Asia. Her bright and cheerful oil paintings are usually on large box canvases ready for hanging. These paintings reflect Melissa’s desire to simplify her work, something which has become a real focus for Melissa in recent years.
Her work as Media Adviser at the Law Institute of Victoria inspired an exhibition of works based on the legal fraternity. During this period, Melissa was commissioned for a series of paintings of court houses that were featured in the Law Institute Journal. Most of these paintings were sold to private buyers, legal offices, the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court and the (former) Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Victoria.
Moyra Le Blanc Smith is based in Victoria on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong.
She believes highlighting the fragility of our natural world and the need to preserve it for future generations. It has become her goal to paint beautiful, natural subjects which she hopes may bring an awareness of the environmental concerns facing Australia.
Moyra has a passion for painting the Australian Bush. Whether it’s the beautiful greens of the ferns and paddocks of the Otways Ranges, or the turquoise water and creamy coloured sand of Australia’s beaches, the reds, ochres and soft greens of the outback or gnarled old gum trees clinging to life on a creek bank or reflected in water, all are a constant source of inspiration.
A love of plein air painting, experimenting with new ideas, exploring new technology, subject matter or colours means that Moyra’s work is constantly evolving.
Moyra works in oil paint as she loves the colours, textures and ‘feel’ of the paint. Her main subjects of Australian landscapes, florals and waterlilies are done in traditional oil painting style.