Jan was born in New Zealand and is of the Ngai Tahu family in NZ. Her art practice has developed since she moved to Brisbane and then to the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Over the recent years she has taken many opportunities to study and exhibit.
IE. The Brisbane Institute of Art (Certificate and Diploma of Fine Art).
The Queensland University of Technology (MFA)
Studies at the Salisbury Atelier, Brisbane
A ten week immersion at the New York Academy of Art, NY
and recently a residency at FOURWINDS,Aurielle France.
These experiences have all contributed to the progression and variation within her work.
Jan now lives in the Hinterland Noosa and works from her home Studio. Over the past two years she was commissioned as part of ART X3 as the official artists for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival (now Noosa Alive) In this undertaking she became known for her environmental installations“ The Dress’s.
On review, her paintings, drawing, and environmental installations continually revolve around the human form and its relationships, the environment and the concerns of modernity.
I am primarily working in acrylics and pastels and enjoy the use of strong colours in modern land and seascapes and still-lifes.
I love the landscapes of Queensland art legend John Rigby and also the still-lifes of Criss Canning. I have been lucky enough to study pastels with Leonie Duff and Max Wilks, two of Australias best known pastellists, as well as acrylics with Mignon Parker at the McGregor Schools in Toowoomba.
Travelling both in Australia and Overseas provides continuing inspiration and of course my art provides an excuse for more travel.
Annie's studio is situated outside Peachester, south of Maleny. From the Kilcoy Beerwah Rd, turn into the delightfully scenic River Rd. Drive approximately 5km , cross a double concrete bridge, and follow the signs to an original Queenslander farmhouse, situated right at the roadside amongst pasture and forest. Access is easy, lots of parking.
Annie participates in the Open Studio trail and is happy to show visitors her art techniques and practices. There are art works displayed gallery style as well as works in progress to see.
Printing is my passion. I love making marks and images with objects and plates, using many techniques. Favourite methods involve photopolymer plates, and collagraphs, where the printing plate is essentially a collage.
An initial interest in science and biology can be seen in my artwork, along with the influence of a somewhat feral childhood along the Canning River, Western Australia.
I am strongly influenced by a love of the colours, forms, patterns and designs of plants, and by botanical illustrations.
I also explore abstraction, especially of botanical forms, sometimes through fragmentation of print editions and then collage.
Until my acquisition of a press in 2004, I initially focused on papermaking, fabric printing and batik, but since then my main focus has been on printmaking.
Judi is a multimedia artist and her art practice includes painting, drawing, photography, videography, mixed media and writing.
Her works of art are an eclectic collection of paintings, movies, photography and books. However, regardless of the medium, her collective art practice usually records a personal visual diary of her experiences, her garden, Maleny and surrounds, and her travels.
Chris Blake has been painting for over thirty years. He is a multi-award winning artist, working in pastels, oils, acrylics and pen and wash, and is a master pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia.
His favourite subjects include outback, marine and town scenes. His style is vibrant impressionist. Whatever he does, it is usually exciting and dramatic. Chris could be described as a tonal colourist. In his paintings, he pushes tones to their dark and light extremes while also layering colour to create intensity and depth.
Chris is also a dynamic tutor and demonstrator, giving speedy and informative demonstrations of technique, while at the same time adding spice with interesting, humorous stories and anecdotes. He teaches classes on Tuesday mornings in his own studio and ensures that his students learn as much as they can while still having a lot of fun.
Chris has collaborated with Unison Pastels, UK, to develop the Blake Outback sets of pastels. His work is represented in a number of private collections in Australia and overseas. It can be seen on the website www.chrisblakeart.com , on his facebook page, ‘The Blake Studio’, and at his own studio in Landsborough by appointment (07 5439 9558).
Working as an artist is not always confined to the studio, I am a sculptor who draws and paints with an interest how the two inform each other. Wood and metal are materials that keep me wondering how one compliments the other.
The work encompasses issues of social justice as well as political commentary in so much as an obligation to "keeping the bastards honest" The latest works are an effort to use recycled timber and question the use of what some may consider waste or discard materials giving them new life and meaning. The skill level required to using substandard materials becomes a juggle as this challenges the process of construction. This material is metephorical for the fragility of the dispossessed.
My arts practice is changing and evolving with new environmental directions and passions. I find myself comfortable expressing these through different mediums, varying from an eco dye pot, brush to an etching press, or speaking out through my community filmmaking. So much to say and so much to learn, I feel I will be creating to my last breath.
My newest venture is along the Healing Arts path. Reversible wearable art coats and clothing infused with Australian Bush Essence for healing. Life is never dull on the creative path.