Featured Artists for May
We’re pleased to present our Featured Artists for May; Julie Rooney, Helen Cottle and Angela Parr.
You could say this month our focus is on artworks that evoke a sense of happiness. If you’re feeling a bit glum as the winter months approach, you only need to look at Julie’s vibrant paintings, Helen’s wonderful ‘Poppy Punch’ or Angela’s incredible wildlife creations to brighten your day.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy viewing their beautiful artworks and learning a little more about each of these highly skilled artists.
Julie grew up in a household where her family members were continually exposed to music, books and painting. Her father always encouraged her to carry drawing pads and pencils and to sketch outdoor scenes in their local area. She enjoyed many occasions sitting on the banks of the Mordialloc Creek sketching the boats.
Over the years Julie continued drawing and painting, but working full time and raising a family, her interest in art was put on hold until her retirement in 2014. With the freedom to paint every day she now happily devotes herself to painting.
Julie has been inspired and influenced by the works of Matisse and Chagall and Australian artists, Margaret Ollie and Charles Blackman. She admires their vibrant use of colours and bold lines which have helped her develop her own contemporary style.
Since 2014 Julie has exhibited her work in the Bendigo area and has won numerous awards through the Bendigo Art Society and other local Art Exhibitions.
Helen is a self-taught artist who paints in a range of mediums in a realist/impressionist style. To continue on her own path of self education, she sought out tutors to further her technical knowledge and understanding of certain mediums. Being inspired by the works of Arthur Streeton, John Singer-Sargent and Harold Herbert, she closely studied their brushstrokes and techniques.
In the early years, Helen experimented with several mediums and initially focussed on oils, before choosing watercolour as her main medium. Although watercolour can be very challenging for many artists, over the past 20 years Helen has fully mastered the medium through her determination and dedication.
In recent years, Helen has moved into acrylic and mixed media, but still continues to produce many large scale watercolours. No matter which medium is chosen, she believes that having a fascination with the effects of light on a subject and observing life’s intriguing details, everyday views can be transformed into dynamic and interesting works of art.
Helen has worked for many years as a professional Artist and Art Teacher in the Macedon Ranges area in Victoria. She generously offers her students all she has learnt and discovered. She is a very popular and much sought after tutor and currently conducts classes and workshops, teaching drawing and painting in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.
Helen has been awarded numerous prestigious art prizes, has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions locally and internationally and has also taken on many commissions from both private clients and various publications for local schools and churches.
Angela is a realist artist who works in pastels, acrylics, watercolours, inks, graphite and coloured pencils.
Angela is passionate about animals and wildlife, both African and Australian Native animals which feature strongly in her work. She is also passionate about helping people in need and has travelled often throughout Australia and overseas, not only to gather material for her art, but to also do charity work mainly in Australia and Africa.
In 2014 she walked with camels, along with her beloved Red-Heeler Ruby, for three months through the outback, raising funds for Swags for Homeless people. She has also held Art Auctions to raise funds for orphanages around the world. Three Exhibitions raised a total of $25,000 for orphanages in Bali, Thailand and Zimbabwe.
We are very proud to present Angela as one of our Featured Artists this month, not only to showcase her amazing wildlife paintings and drawings, but also for her generosity in helping others. She has a balanced perspective on life and her artwork reflects her life.
Angela recently opened her own galley in Knockrow, Northern Rivers, New South Wales. Bingara Gallery is a small intimate gallery behind the well-known “Macadamia Castle”. The gallery showcases Angela’s beautiful wildlife paintings, prints and colourful cards. Proceeds from the sale of her artwork go to several local Wildlife Charities in the area, namely Friends of the Koala, Northern Rivers Seabird Rescue and Northern Rivers WIRES.
For further information visit http://www.bingaragallery.com.au