He works mainly with sandstone, marble, timber, bronze and combinations of these materials. He finds that these materials are the best media for his ideas which are concerned with our relationship with nature, environmental issues, and the human condition. However he can branch out into other areas, especially cultural comments regarding religion, politics and gender. In these areas, he often uses humour, satire and parody to open up communication with the audience.
ALSO OPEN 1st SUNDAY EACH MONTH Paul Haggith is a Contemporary Realist painter whose work is based on water, figurative and cityscape themes. He has also accomplished many murals both in Australia and overseas. Paul was shortlisted for the 2007 Wynne Prize for Australian Landscape Painting at the Art Gallery Of NSW for his painting "The Rising Tide". Paul was also selected to hang in the 2009 and 2010 Wynne Prize. Paul exhibits out of his studio/gallery in Terrigal, At Gallery One on the Gold Coast and in France. MORE
Ann, whose work has appeared on several occasions in Australian Artist Magazine, is an award winning artist and teacher with over 25 years experience, holding an Associate Dip. Fine Arts. Ann is a dedicated teacher with a philosophy that a sound foundation and understanding of materials and fundamental techniques will assist in the freedom to develop independent creativity. Ann works in a diverse range of mediums, which include Oils, Pastels, Acrylics and Collage and describes her style as “conceptual representational art”. Ann’s main focus is on figurative works and portraiture. MORE
Helens images represent her passion and love of photography, colour and design. Having studied and graduated in Interior Decorating and further studies in colour and design in the 70's, colour and design have always been at the forefront of her Interest in art, fabrics and fashion. Helen developed a miniature style of painting incorporating Australian bush flowers and her work was available to an international market via The Australian Image Gallery in The Rocks - over a 7 year period Helen was part of many successful exhibitions and occasionally has been invited back to exhibit as a guest artist. Helen continues to pursue watercolour and since travelling to Morocco with nine other artists, has been inspired by this unique experience leading to quite a few desert travellers walking across her Arches watercolour paper. Helen draws her inspiration from photographs taken on trips to Shanghai, Beijing, Morocco, Spain, U.K., New Zealand and most recently Tasmania. Helen displays her watercolour miniature and gift cards in The Gosford Regional Gallery, Edogawa Koi Gardens Gift Shop.MORE
Helen Cunningham "Landscape" watercolour
Norma Dunston 1/96 Ridgeway Rd Avoca Beach
Norma works in oils, acrylics and the medium of collage. "The environment is my subject: the rich flora and fauna of the Rainforest and strong earth tones of the Kimberleys. I like to paint my impressions, my feelings of the many landforms I have journeyed over. During the last two years I have been experimenting with natural vegetation to dye various fabrics, stitching them together with silken threads to form landscapes and also using them in a soft sculpture. I have always been a gatherer of shells, seed pods, leaves and rocks and have recently decorated driftwood totem poles with them as symbolic links between my artworks." MORE
Cathryn' s focus for the past 6 years has been water. She is particularly enamoured with the junction of sea and land and the myriad of colours, light and shapes it provides as a a subject. She had a major solo exhibition at the Gosford Regional Gallery in December 2016, titled "Wavelength". Cathryn has exhibited in Canada, Australia, Italy and Mexico. MORE
Mostly self-taught; after studying and working as a fashion designer and Illustrator, followed by a stint in Digital Art, Janelle has been painting full time for the past 10 years. Her artwork is generally figurative and is mostly unashamedly nostalgic in its imagery, taking inspiration from vintage family home movies and photographs. “I’m interested in the cultural and visual changes that occurs over a lifetime and aim to invoke a feeling or recognition of a time familiar to the viewer, a memory perhaps''. The Landscape is also important to Janelle and is almost required as a balance and a respite from the crowds of people she often paints. People on the beach are a recurring and ongoing theme. Working mostly in Oils and Acrylics, sometimes Pastel and Collage but always dabbling in other things like junk art and organic art, taking inspiration from amazing local environmental artists. Janelle has consistently been a Finalist in both the Hunters Hill and Gosford Art Prizes, First Prize Winner-Grandma Moses Art Prize 2015, People’s Choice Winner- Art Studio Small Works 2016. Janelle has also participated in various solo and group exhibitions and her work is represented in both Australian and International Collections. MORE
Janelle White 'Shifting Sands' oil on canvas
Camelle Denny 33 Shelly Beach Road, Empire Bay facebook
Artist Camelle Denny is a contemporary oil painter mostly self taught and has travelled for many years giving plenty of inspiration and memories often depicted in her paintings. Oil is her medium of choice “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” where we all see and appreciate art differently. We come to art from all walks of life. “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures” (Henry Ward Beecher) Camelle changes her technique and subjects often, from beloved pet portraits to mountains to seascapes with occasional paintings influenced by the “Northern Lights” as in her “Energy of Light” paintings. Painting from her heart, being inspired by the awesome power and beauty of nature’s, stillness, yet always moving whilst trying to capture her elements as she sees and feels them. For Camelle, art is a visual expression of emotions. Music is her companion as she paints and can sometimes determine the outcome! Camelle has been greatly influenced by Artists Philip Gray, Byron Pickering and Carol McIntyre. MORE
Camelle Denny "Early Light Avoca Beach" oil on canvas
Janet Hoyer Cobb gained a diploma in Figurative Art and Portraiture from Julian Ashton Art School, followed by 2 years of tonal studies with Graham Inson. She has also studied sculpture at both the Rhok Academie in Brussels and Tom Bass in Sydney. Originally a landscape painter her love of figurative art evolved as she immersed herself, exploring contemporary figurative art, in major galleries and collections whilst living in Europe. ‘Drawing is the foundation for my art work, executed in a wide variety of mediums, where I enjoy the tactile connection created by line in both edge and surface quality. Abstracted design underpins my artworks enjoying exploring the emotional impact of space and rhythm within the framework of Contemporary Realism’ Janet runs classes in Life Drawing and Workshops in Portrait Drawing and Watercolours at her Avoca studio. She has won many prizes, has had 10 solo exhibitions in Australia and Overseas and participated in numerous group shows. Her work is included in public and private International and Australian collections. MORE
Janet Hoyer Cobb "Reflection you may come tomorrow" (oil on canvas)
Willemina Villari creates mostly abstract pieces in 2D and 3D. Her creative process is driven by her interest in form, balance and colour and her desire to explore the possibilities of working with a variety of materials including wire, wood, stone and mixed media and collage on paper. She draws inspiration from the environment she lives in near the ocean and the bush. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Sculpture from the National Art School (2001) and has participated in many exhibitions in Sydney, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Avoca Beach and New Zealand including numerous times in Sculpture by the Sea, the Paddington Art Prize and the Gosford Art Prize of which she was the overall winner in 2008 and the winner of the sculpture prize in 2009. She won the Artist’s choice award at Art in the Open at the 5 Lands Walk event on the Central Coast and the Mayor’s Prize at Sculpture at Sawmillers in Sydney in 2016. Her passion as a tutor is to inspire others to create.