Featured Artists for September
This month we are featuring landscape artists, Gordon Rossiter from New South Wales and John Duncan from the beautiful south west region of W.A. We also have semi abstract artist, Margaret Morgan Watkins from country Victoria. Here’s some information on each of their artistic journeys, and we hope you enjoy looking at their delightful paintings.
Gordon Rossiter has been painting professionally for over 30 years and is also an accomplished art judge and tutor. Over the years, he has won numerous awards for his work.
His work has been described as impressionistic and true to the subject. The majority of his painting is done on site and larger work often evolves from these studies.
Gordon conducts many workshops and he emphasizes the need to capture the feeling and atmosphere of a scene, rather than trying to reproduce the details of a photograph. He believes when the painter achieves this, the artwork is a success and will also help the viewer have a better connection and understanding of the painting.
Gordon welcomes commissioned work as many people have a place that is special to them and would like to have a painting of that particular place. A commissioned painting can be done from a photograph or on site.
John Duncan is now retired and lives in the South West region of Western Australia, where he devotes much of his time to plein-air painting. Since moving to the area many years ago, he has found endless artistic inspiration for his landscape and seascape paintings.
He feels very fortunate that as visual art goes, he has it all! This can certainly be seen by his magnificent paintings of his local environment.
John is mostly a self-taught artist and his preferred medium is acrylics. He quotes; “It is still a self-teaching process, and may it never end!”
Margaret Morgan Watkins has always been interested in art and feels fortunate that she grew up having several wonderful teachers who helped her progress and to expand on her artistic talents.
She initially took up oil painting, tutored by Ron Reynolds and Marion Bruere, and later explored the techniques of watercolour. She had many years of tuition from Julie Ford, David K Taylor, Alvaro Castagnet, Amanda Hyatt, John Orlando Birt and Joseph Zbukvic to name a few.
Although Margaret’s preferred mediums are watercolour and acrylics, she has also explored many different mediums including pastels, silk painting and encaustic wax. Her constant experimentation in various techniques has made her a very versatile artist in terms of style and subject matter.
Shortly after moving to Kilmore, Margaret became a member of the Seymour and Kilmore Art Societies and the Woodend Art Group. She has been particularly active with the Woodend Art Group where she currently conducts regular workshops in acrylic pouring techniques and silk painting.