Awards won with various subjects and mediums:
Oil, Watercolour, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal, mixed media.
paint many large landscapes to give the feeling of being in the
large contemporary/abstract paintings are usually an impression of
like to paint and draw portraits and figures from life.
about 3 years while working full time, I attended the School of
Art Evening Classes, the tutor was Mike Taylor, who has art in
the Australian National Gallery.
painted and exhibited outdoor scenes with plein-air painters 'The
Wednesday Group' for many years, commencing when I resigned from
work to start a family. I enjoyed the company of the other artists
in the group and the atmosphere in the Australian bush. I learned to
paint from nature, and I also attended art workshops from top
interstate artists, starting with two workshops with Reg Campbell
from Bathurst, Colin Parker, Joshua Smith, portrait and still-life (he was the subject of Dobell's well-known portrait) and many others.
elected as Hon Secretary for the Artists Society of Canberra Inc. in
May 1984 and again in 1985, a busy time when my four children were
very young, the oldest was 7. (I was told that the Annual Ex. in 1985
was the first to make a profit.) - then elected to their Exhibition
Committee many times.
many years I was a member of the Canberra Art Workshop where I
directly painted portraits, flowers and still life.
voluntarily taught pensioners to paint – one morning a month at
the 'Drop-in Centre' Cooleman Court – then one day a week at the
Seniors Centre, Turner.
taught an evening art class at Philip College for a couple of years.
ASOC's Summer Art Experience I was a volunteer helper for a
few years about 2003. After that I attended a number of SAE
exhibited in my daughter Kylie Heslop's 'Art Gone Wild'
gallery which was in Bungendore NSW. She is a talented airbrush
artist who paints traditional and custom art, winning airbrush art
trophies at Summernats (car event) for three years in a row. She
gave an airbrush demonstration at ASOC, about 40 members attended.
Queanbeyan Art Society, NSW, I teach water-media to a friendly art
10.30-2pm (started many years ago). In a pioneer house (QAS art
gallery) by the
river, next to the cafe. (Gallery 02 62978181.)
I was one of the four guest artists at the QAS 10 Annual
Charity Art Show, City Walk, Canberra, ACT. (Near the
Merry-go-Round.) This year's charity was Motor Neurone Disease.
Guest artists donated a painting each for the raffle to help the
very nice when some of my grandchildren are keen to show me their
I've exhibited in many local art
shows for charities and schools, winning awards using various subject
and mediums. I've had paintings in Aarwun gallery. I was among
artists invited to exhibit at the Gininderra old school house
gallery. I had also exhibited in the former 'Art Gone Wild' gallery
in Bungendore, NSW.
Prizes in art shows:-
NSW, Berinba Arts Festival, 1st prize for a landscape in oil. (painted in plein-air).
Traditional Ex. 2000; 1st prize 'A Scribbly Gum with Wattle' a large
Society of Canberra (ASOC)
- 2002, Annual Members
Exhibition, Drawing 1 prize
Abstract/Contemporary, Commended 'Reflections'
Padua, 1 prize 'Clouds over Gungahlin' Oil painting
Catchment and QAS, 2008. Three prizes in the same Show,
exhibited in 'The Q', at Queanbeyan, NSW):-
- Overall Winner, large
pastel 'Bush Gully'
- Oil Section first prize
'Sunlit Qbn River'
- Acrylic section first
prize for 'Reverie' (sold to Qbn Council).
Along the Molonglo Competition, QAS,
- 2013, Acrylic 3
prize, 'At Waters Edge - Bushfire'
- 2015, Acrylic 1
prize. 'Rising Sun'.
- 2015, 3
prize, oil, 'Greeting the Molonglo Sunrise'
- 2016, 2
prize, Pastel 'Home for Wildlife'.
Queanbeyan Art Society,
- Overall Winner –
Portrait Section 'Her Stunning Eyes'.
- 2013, Oil, 3
prize, 'Hot Colours of a Bushfire'
. 2008, Portrait, Highly Commended 'Musician'.
- Acrylic, Highly
. 2010 2 prize Acrylic, 'City Lights'
- 2011 Any Other Media,
1 prize 'Country Scene'.
- 2013 'Old 'n New in
Nepal' 2 prize, large acrylic
Qbn City Travel & Cruise Comp
2015, Acrylic 1, 'Geranium Joy'
- 2015, Oil 3,
'Light on the Golden Bush Wattle'
Queanbeyan Age Abstract/Abstraction Competition
- 2010, 1
prize Oil 'Radiance'
- 2011, 1
prize Oil Section, 'Ethereal' Judge C. Primrose
- 2015, Acrylic Section
3 'Aqua', judge Ray Barnett
- 2016; Oil Section 2,
'Through the Forest', Judge Jan Vincent.
CootamundraWattle Time Open Art Exhibition,
- 2007, Overall 1st 'Most
Outstanding Work of the Exhibition' $1500 prize
- 2014, Open, second
Canberra Art Workshop;
prize inaugural Tom Parsons Memorial Prize, large pastel.
2006, Annual Art Exhibition, first prize with a still life
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2011, 3 prize in the
Special School, Invitation VIP Auction – large acrylic abstract
Artpath exhibition,December 2016. 53 Colbee Court, Phillip ACT, 2nd prize $250 with "Taking a Well Deserved Break".
on my winning paintings written by judges:
Acrylic, 1'Rising Sun'
sun and dancing waters -
is light and light is colour.
joyous painting well done with well
balance of positive and
space. An inspiring
by ICON Water
3 'Greeting the Molonglo Sunrise'.
handled colour capturing the moment when
world really does appear to be an abstract
Colour, space and light overpower
physical definition. Well done.
by ICON Water
Overall Winner – Portrait
striking painting. Wonderful use of
colours – enough green
dominant red. Personality shows
the richness of the background.
J Ballis & J Greinke
by Julie & Geoff Ballis
'n New in Nepal'
by Qbn Leagues Club
The Molonglo Catchment Group
Waters Edge – Bushfire'
colour and feel. Huge
engaging with some mystery.
Molonglo Catchment Group