Artist Biographies 2016

Eve Arnold

Drawing inspiration from the Australian landscape and flora, Eve transforms industrial sheets of metal into works of art. Contrast in tone is achieved by offsetting blank against hand-etched and distressed surfaces, reflecting the light, each creating differing areas of brilliance or illusory shadow. This elegant, contemporary work is enriched by accents of 24 carat gold leaf. Born in Germany, Eve has lived in Perth since 1975. She studied Fine Art at Claremont School of Art, the WA School of Art, Design & Media and completed her Diploma of Visual Art at the Central Institute of Technology. Eve has exhibited at 10 solo and over 90 group exhibitions locally and internationally, including New York, Italy and Germany and received several awards in Italy and Australia.

Greg Ash

Greg has been working in art glass for 13 years. He was featured in Australia’s best art craft magazine, Craft Arts International last year, after winning the Artistic Excellence Award at the 2014 Tascraft, Australia’s largest working craft fair. Greg’s work includes kiln-formed fused work using WA themes. Sculptural glass, wall hangings and cast work show a variety of styles. Vivid colour is usually present due to the influence of the Austrian artist, Hundertwasser.

Warayute Bannatee

Warayute is a self-taught artist from Thailand who has been painting for over twenty years. He ran his own gallery in Thailand for six years and then moved to Australia to live in 2002. As well as working on commissioned pieces, he enjoys entering art competitions and has held two exhibitions; in Port Hedland at The Courthouse and at the Claremont Showgrounds. A number of awards include People’s Choice at the Gascoyne Art Show in 2004, the Kimberley Art Prize winner of the Open Category and People’s Choice in 2010, and Best Oil Painting at the 2014 Gascoyne Biennial Art Show.

Christine Blowfield

Working with acrylics, Christine enjoys portraying subjects from the South West of Western Australia, especially flora. Her works show different textures and layers and try to convey a feeling of atmosphere and light. Christine’s art has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has won many awards, the most notable being the Vasse Art Award, Perth Royal Show and The South West Survey.

Marilyn Boast

Marilyn describes herself as an Australian Artist born in NZ. She paints mainly in acrylics and enjoys the fun she can have using them. Each year she submits portrait paintings of the students at Mt Lawley Senior High School which have been specially created for the auction. Marilyn has had a number of successful exhibitions and her works are held in many places in Australia and Overseas. She is a member of Trigg, North Coast Art and Wanneroo Joondalup Art Societies.

Lindy Boyle

A Western Australian Artist, Lindy has been involved in the Mt Lawley Art Auction for a number of years. She is best known for her large abstract creations and poppy paintings. She also enjoys painting the Western Australian local landscape and the female figure. Her work is bold and colourful. Lindy has exhibited throughout Western Australia since 2008 and Ferrara Italy in 2012. She also teaches her techniques through workshops and private lessons.

Maureen Bradshaw

Australia is a country alive with colour and natural beauty and this is what inspires Maureen in her art. Maureen’s paintings are mainly abstract or abstract landscapes and aim to always be evocative of emotions and feelings as well as colour and movement.

Anya Brock

Hailing from a background in fashion, Anya Brock is a prominent Australian artist known for her bold kaleidoscopic colour palette. Her works of fierce females, animals and playful birds can be found as large scale murals adorning the urban walls of Perth, Sydney and Los Angeles. Now running galleries in Sydney and Perth while painting in both cities, Anya has also launched a homewares line and is gaining recognition nationally and internationally.

Mikaela Castledine

A sculptor, collage artist and a writer, Mikaela was born in the Western Australian wheatbelt and now lives in the Perth Hills. She has been working as an artist for more than twenty years, participating in many solo and groups shows and has won many awards including the Sculpture by the Sea 2013 Scholarship. Her creative impulse is to make things out of anything that comes to hand; paper, thread, wire, wood or words.

Stephen Castledine

Stephen prefers to use watercolour and enjoys drawing in unexpected ways. He held his first solo exhibition in 1987 and has participated in many exhibitions since. Stephen’s art is represented in private collections in Australia and overseas and he has won numerous awards for his work.

Yau Chau

Born in Guangdong Province, China in 1968, Yau Chau studied oil painting from famous masters in Hong Kong when young and held exhibitions in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. He migrated to Western Australia in 1996 and has won several awards for his paintings since such as the WA Country Awards. In 2006, Yao Chao won an award of excellence in “Cathay Harmony Ode,” an exhibition of World Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings. He is now the owner of “Market Gallery” specialising in the mounting and framing of traditional Chinese paintings, oil paintings, water colour paintings and more.

Edward Chin

Edward Chin has been practising Chinese calligraphy for many years. He was formerly the President of the WA Oriental Culture and Art Association and has taught Chinese calligraphy at the Confucius Institute at UWA for two summer sessions.

Jillian Ciemitis

Jillian’s work is influenced by eighteenth century printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and endeavours to echo both traditional etching and printmaking, using contemporary techniques. A multi-award winning printmaker and photographer, Jillian has works in a number of permanent collections both in Australia and Internationally. Her most recent exhibition was in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was awarded the WA Print Media Award in 2012 and has won numerous photographic awards. Jillian has participated in over 30 group exhibitions nationally, and numerous solo and joint shows and she has been awarded various residencies.

Peteris Ciemitis

Peter’s art practice spans 20 years, and includes numerous solo and over 60 curated group shows in Australia and internationally. He has represented Australia in major exhibitions in China and has received many significant art prizes and commissions. Notably, in 2010 he won the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize twice. The work offered here is a bamboo, brush and ink drawing of geographer and academic, Professor George Seddon who was also the subject of Peter’s 2007 Archibald shortlisted painting.

Sue Codee

Based in Albany, Sue’s focus is on “This Papercut Life”, a creative business that has increasingly grown in size and success. Through this she designs and creates contemporary papercut and woodcuts, jewellery, art objects, designs for public spaces, and distinctive logos. As well as handcutting large paper artworks, she also uses lasercutting to cut and etch her designs in paper, perspex, wood and occasionally metal. The themes of her work generally are community, environment, and family- with a storytelling aspect, while using a playful and figurative style that both adults and children strongly relate to. Since completing a Fine Arts degree at Curtin University in Perth in 1988, her experience has included public art projects, arts consultation, community arts, and exhibition curation.

Chani Crow

Chani is a practising visual artist with a wide range of experience in teaching and community arts. Chani has a particular interest in exploring drawing and portraits in a range of mediums.

Michelle de Bruin

Michelle was born in Pretoria, South Africa but has made Perth her home. She is a teacher by profession and specialised in art. Michelle has always had a passion for art and her love of the ocean and its beaches has been a major focus over the years. She likes to capture the spirit, light and energy of the sea. Pastels is her favourite medium and her work is held in various city art collections.

Gail Dell

Gail is finding her voice as a contemporary artist with her first successful London show in March this year and another in June. After shifting from a business career to full-time practice 3 years ago she now manages a busy exhibition schedule and is represented by galleries in England and Australia. Growing up in a family of artists and surrounded by creativity, painting, music and horses, her style has developed as confident, contemporary and expressive. She draws her inspiration from passionate people, the environment and organic shapes in nature. She does not work from a visual reference, but instead paints a visual narrative of her inner landscape and gathered memories.

Kerrie Di Cataldo

The photographic medium, in all its aspects, is the inspiration for Kerrie Di Cataldo to produce images that provide a different insight into how an image may be presented. The texture in the image submitted provides an unexpected facet to the overall form of the image. She is interested in the way the surface on which a photograph is taken can influence our perception of the subject. Kerrie holds an Assoc. Dip Arts and has participated in numerous group and one solo exhibition. She has won several photographic awards and has taught photography for TAFE. She was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigous Minnawarra Art Awards.

Pippin Drysdale

Internationally acclaimed Fremantle Artist and Master of Australian Craft, Pippin Drysdale’s career as a ceramic artist spans 30 years. Her passion for the craft merges with a love of the landscape, which has travelled across continents and in most recent years has focused on the vivid desert landscapes of Australia. Her works evoke a timeless and breathtaking sense of space and place within finely crafted porcelain vessels, narrating the vast colour experienced in the Australian landscape. Pippin’s works are included in major public and major private collections around Australia and overseas, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Pippin recently exhibited new works for Adrian Sassoon in London and the Maastricht Art Fair in Holland.

Joanne Duffy

Joanne’s art is inspired by the landscape where she grew up, in the mid-west near Perenjori. With a strong following in Western Australia and on the east coast, Joanne’s award-winning work is held in private and public collections. Works are available direct and from The Studio Gallery in Yallingup and Gallery 360 in Subiaco. Enquiries are welcome for bespoke artworks by commission. Recent achievements include winning the Stirling Art Award and Rockingham Art Award, becoming a finalist in the Busselton Art Awards and a prize at the Perth Royal Show in 2014.

Nick Economo

Nick began his career as an artist in 1972 initially as a sculptor, inspired by a Rodin exhibition. Within a couple of years he started painting as well. Gradually he leaned more towards painting although he has never abandoned his love for sculpting which is evident in his work with the lavish, bold and liberal application of material. Nick’s paintings celebrate an extravagance of colour and texture embracing a somewhat impressionistic style using his own self-developed techniques to manipulate materials to gain depth and texture. Nick is renowned for lavish floral paintings although he also creates landscapes and abstracts using similar techniques. His work can be found in collections in Australia and throughout the world.

Neil Elliott

Neil’s primary objective when painting is to explore and to have fun. By constantly experimenting and introducing new mediums he is able to maintain passion and excitement towards his work. His artwork is usually on board as it offers a robust surface that allows him to glue, screw, nail or rivet items to the surface. The items that are attached are usually recycled or found objects, chosen because of their texture or colour.


 TashiFace was brought up among the birds and beasties of Western Australia’s Kimberley region; the oldest lands of our world. While at first she would draw the odd and curious creatures around her with smeared dirt or the scratching of sticks, she has gone on to work with more civilised tools. Scrabbling away with traditional mediums, she draws the animals around us. Not just by their outward appearance, but with an aim to capture an impression of their inner character.

Silvana Ferrario

Silvana has worked in glass (lead light, copper foil and mosaics) since 1997. At this time, it was a mental release from her day job as a subsea engineer. She started working in fused glass in 2009 and took a Glass Sculpture unit at Edith Cowan University. She has attended numerous courses with renowned glass artists and had pieces in a number of exhibitions. She won the Emerging Artist Award at MAGE 2014, Mansfield Victoria. Her inspiration comes from her experiences, memories and surroundings, particularly her affinity to water. Her pieces make use of the glass’s properties when hot and molten and also its transparency.

Julian D.Fisher

Born and educated in South Africa, Julian attained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1955 and began a parallel career as an artist 10 years later. Julian immigrated to Australia in 1988 and soon established himself in the corporate gallery and art show worlds, gaining many commissions from organisations such as Woodside, Wesfarmers, BHP Steel, Hong Kong bank and GEOS, Japan. He continues to exhibit locally and internationally. Julian’s work interprets subjects and objects from within. He employs depth and vision in his unique semi-abstract and expressionistic style.

Lyn Franke

Lyn Franke is a multi-award winning mixed media artist who is inspired by the colours, textures and patterns of our unique Australian landscape. She incorporates many different materials, including acrylic/mixed on canvas paintings and textiles/silk on stitched works, to create interesting textures and surfaces. She has won over 30 art awards and her works are held in many corporate and private collections both in Australia and overseas.

Karla Freitag

Music has inspired the art of Karla Freitag. She has been fascinated by Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas for most of her life as her father, who is now in his 80s, is a pianist. A recital by Paul Lewis in 2014 transported her to unimaginable heights. The programme included Opus 109 and Opus 111. Such aspiration is her inspiration for being an artist. Karla was born in New Zealand and now lives in Perth.

Francesca Gnagnarella

Francesca is an Italian contemporary abstract artist, now living and working in Perth. She started exhibiting in Paris prior to finishing her degree at Sorbonne University and she held her first solo exhibition in Rome, in 2006. Bold yet sophisticated; the artist’s work translates classic indulgence into a sleek modern style. Francesca incorporates bold brushstrokes and dripped paint together with thinned veiled stains to created shifting layers of colour. Her artworks are known for the use of 23 Carat Gold leaf, which enriches the painting with a unique luminosity and elegance. Francesca exhibits regularly between Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and Australia and her paintings are held in many corporate collections.

Jeremy Goodchild

Jeremy is a Perth artist specialising in portraiture and was a finalist in the Black Swan portraiture prize in 2014. Recently Jeremy has experimented with other mediums and abstract works.

Jane Grierson

After qualifying as a Graphic Designer in 1981, Jane worked as a commercial artist for many years and is currently completing her Advanced Diploma in Visual Art at Central Institute of Technology. She has taken part in four private group exhibitions in Perth, won 14 awards, and her work has been acquired by the Cities of Melville, South Perth, Victoria Park and Belmont for their collections. She judged the Pastel Society Annual Awards in 2011 and 2013 and before returning to her studies. She also taught pastels at Canning Arts Group, and Trinity School for Seniors. Jane was born in South Africa, immigrated to Australia in 1998 and currently lives in Perth.

Keith Hamilton

Keith paints mainly West Australian landscapes and floral art. He has won many highly commended awards, was an art teacher at Claremont School of Art before it closed, and is a past Vice President of the West Australian Society of Art. He enjoys painting with oils and hopes that you enjoy his presentation this year of the colourful sunflower.

Marie Hammat

Marie is a visual artist practising in painting and sculpture. Extensive travelling throughout Australia and a childhood spent in the Murchison region have contributed to her contemplation and reflection of the line, form and light that are displayed throughout the Australian environment. For Marie, art is an opportunity to explore the shapes of our changing environment while using a range of media to express and interpret our responses to the given challenges. Marie has a Diploma of Art and Design, a certificate of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Education with a major in Art. She teaches and exhibits in Perth.

Nidia  Hansen

Inspiration for Nidia’s work comes from elements of the natural world and her purpose is exploring color, the horizon, abstraction, structure, bio-mimicry and sustainability. During the past two years inspired by patterns from nature and the Australian vast fields she has developed a new body of works merging some previous techniques, allowing her to develop a unique style. Nidia is a multidisciplinary artist born in Colombia and her practice includes drawing, painting, printmaking, installations, soft sculptures and contemporary crafts and designs. She studied Arts and Crafts and Art Events Management at Central TAFE and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including a solo show in Melbourne in 2011.

Janis Heston

Jan’s work is a celebration of the power of fire on the earth. Fire has always been the means of transforming clay from earth into an immutable material of function and beauty. Jan’s simple forms are the canvas to showcase the beauty of fire in that process. They are coated with many layers of Terra Sigilatta which are a very fine particle liquid clay slip, with each layer burnished to build up a lustrous surface further enhancing the effects achieved by the firing process. Fired at low temperatures to maintain porosity and to allow the smoke to penetrate the surface, Jan’s pieces may be fired many times before the desired effects are achieved. After the firing, Jan waxes and polishes to enhance the colours and surface.

Patricia Hines

While mixing mediums and exploring techniques has become common practice among artists today, achieving results that are formally successful and visually satisfying remains a significantly more difficult challenge. Artist Patricia Hines fully understands the inherent tensions in such creative decisions. Patricia delights in the freedom to experiment with both medium and motif. Her singular and unique mono prints, complemented by forays in the field of ceramics, reflect a seemingly boundless capacity for technical adventure that continues to be informed by creative possibilities in strong and subtle ways. With a printmaker’s affinity with the hidden patterns and repeating rhythms of a landscape, Patricia’s artworks move quickly away from literal description.

Robert Jenkins

Rob Jenkins’s art is often described as surreal, dark and macabre yet with a playful sense of humour, from blood stained devils and demonic monsters to whimsical furry animals covered in brightly coloured flowers, patterns and signature little blue people. Originally from the Black Mountains of rural Wales, the self-taught artist now lives in Perth. Rob has taken part in many local group shows as well as exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney. His first solo show was “Dreams and Nightmares” in 2010, followed by “Creatures and our Masks” in 2012. Rob has also been published in and created illustrations for a number of magazines.

Martin Kidd

Martin hopes you like his latest offering to the Lawley Art Auction, called “Blackfish.” His first exhibition was in 1976 at Cremorne Art Gallery in Perth. Since then he has had a number of solo exhibitions in WA and in Spain, where he lived for ten years. Since his return, he has exhibited in solo and mixed exhibitions, winning awards along the way.

Loretta Lincoln

Experienced WA artist, Loretta Lincoln, has a career spanning 33 years. Her ‘Organics’ series of works channel her Italian heritage and the influence of her grandfather who was a stonemason in marble and granite. Loretta was a founding member of North Folk studios and has won a number of awards and grants as well as exhibiting her work in a range of venues from the UWA to Howard Street Gallery and most recently at Boranup Gallery. Loretta has been an artist in residence at Mt Lawley Senior High School since 2014.

Malcolm Lindsay

Award-winning artist and illustrator Malcolm Lindsay lives in the Perth hills. For more than 30 years, he has created pieces for local, national and international clients. Having completed a successful solo exhibition last Spring in Subiaco, Malcolm is now working towards his next show, in Pemberton, later this year.

Sherryn Lloyd

Sherryn’s art journey began two years ago at a weekend workshop with Ivana St John has since become a passionate constant in her life. She now lives in the creative world of canvases, paint tubes, colour wheels and brushes where her creativity and skills continue to grow. Sherryn’s inspirations are fabulous friends, nature’s very own canvas of raw beauty and her dreams, where the seeds of creativity begin, mingling colours and shapes in all their abstract form. She allows her imagination to write stories as we did when we were children and does not allow the seriousness of adulthood to dull the imagination.

Jane Marie

Jane Marie is an intuitive and spontaneous abstract artist. Her style is continuously evolving and is inspired by the environmental influences of her travels and nature. Jane enjoys using texture, colour and a variety of mediums.

Lawrence Marshall

Lawrence Marshall has been a photographer since 1976, producing work for book and record covers, editorial and publicity images and photographing paintings for artists. Lawrence works with black and white film which is toned and dyed, and with digital formats. He regularly teaches photography privately and is represented by the Saatchi Gallery, London. His Photographic Book ‘Travelling in Australia’s North-West’ is now in its second print.

Jenn McGrath

Living in Western Australia amongst stunning scenery generated Jenny’s passion for painting from an early age. She loves the beauty found in nature and uses a visual language of colour, form, and texture to emphasise mood, feelings and expression. Her work enables the viewer to lose themselves in the study of form, colour and atmosphere. Jenny studied a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Visual Culture at Curtin University and her works are held in private and corporate collections both in Australia and overseas.

Jennifer McKenna

Jennifer is a professional illustrator working in the precious metals industry. She experiments with multiple mediums including pencil, copic marker and digital. In her free time she busies herself with crafty projects and designing fun characters and creatures.

Sunita McWhinney

Sunita loves experimenting with different textures and watching how the water, pigments and intensity of colour react on paper. A kindergarten teacher with an interest and flare for anything creative, Sunita has studied Art and Design and explored a range of media. She has exhibited at the Lawley Art Auction for a number of years and has also contributed to several group exhibitions.

Louise Mihailovic

Louise loves capturing the personality of the person using pastel, charcoal and pencil. She is dyslexic and draws inspiration from nature, culture, people and landscape in a realistic style. She studied technical drawing as a young person and 30 years later is taking up her love of painting again. Her ultimate aim is to paint scenes that describe our history. She also does Art Therapy and Creative Wellness Activities and is mainly self taught. In 2014 she was awarded ‘Best Exhibit in Art’ at the Swan View Agriculture Show.

Lucy Musca

Growing up in an artistic house, Lucy loved painting from a young age. After studying a year of fine art at Curtin University she went travelling around Europe taking art courses in London and Paris. Her artwork focuses on the female form and female portraits. She often takes inspiration from strong women who have influenced the world in a positive way. The portraits all carry a distinct recognisable quality, with the eyes being overly exaggerated and are often colourful and bold with references to Contemporary Art and Pop Art.

Margot Nattrass

For many years Margot worked as a “decorative artist”, making a name for herself creating murals, Trompe L’oeil, and faux marbling for numerous residences and restaurants. She also won several art prizes during that time. Her 2004 solo exhibition, “Just Women” represented a serious return to her passion, painting, which she had put on hold while raising her five children. It was however, a three month “Master Class” in India and training as a Transpersonal Art Therapist, that has influenced her work the most. Her last solo exhibition, in 2013, “The Audacity of Diversity”, was a collection of brightly coloured and mainly figurative abstract paintings. Margot now chooses a more subtle palette. The paintings often have strong binary illusions and interplay with positive and negative spaces.

Pippa Newby

This work was created as Pippa Newby wondered at the serene peace and the crazy confusion of this unique place. An artist and retired Art Teacher, Pippa once taught at Mount Lawley Senior High School! Focusing more recently on her work as an artist, she has entered several group exhibitions, and last year had her first solo exhibition. She has produced murals for the Loftus Recreation Centre and the Lords Health Club and completed a number of private commissions. She describes her art as eclectic, using drawing, watercolour, acrylic, oils and pastels and some décor work. Her latest solo exhibition is currently at the Boulevard Centre, Floreat.

Linda O’Brien

Linda is an established Perth based artist who has been exhibiting for many years. She is a renowned pastelist, also painting in acrylic/oil on canvas to excite her with experimentally new ideas. A grandmother of two, she has discovered a love of baby portraiture! Linda’s work is continually evolving, her journey forever seeking to portray light and its effect in atmosphere, luminosity and colour. Since her first successful solo exhibition in 2004, she has held nine solo exhibitions and more than 20 joint exhibitions with inspiring fellow artists. An accomplished artist, she has received over 150 major art awards.

Vivienne Peters

Barcelona is one of Vivienne’s favourite places on earth and this ‘jewel of a city’ inspired this painting. After graduating from the Claremont School of Art and lecturing in Fine Art at TAFE, Vivienne spent ten years in Spain. She worked as an artist and musician and held solo exhibitions in Spain and Holland as well as participating in mixed exhibitions in Spain and Gibraltar. Since returning to Australia she has been painting and exhibiting regularly, both in solo and mixed shows. Her work is in public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Japan, U.S.A., Spain, Israel, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Canada, Scotland and Ireland.

Jan Quinn

Jan is a retired art teacher who now paints for pleasure. She has exhibited in numerous joint exhibitions over the last ten years. She also creates ‘one-off’ cards which are smaller versions of her paintings, and sells these under the label JSQ ORIGINAL. Her work is Abstract Expressionist in style and she loves using mixed media to create interesting surface textures.

Colleen Rintoul

With a background in Secondary School art teaching and extensive experience in stage design and painting Colleen’s time was limited for her own work until fairly recently. She now takes an active part in fostering art in the community and participates in many exhibitions and workshops. Colleen is a curator of a community art centre and gallery. In her work she tries to go beyond what is immediately apparent to the eye. Landscape, water and boats are probably Colleen’s favourite subjects, sometimes moving into the abstract. Drawing, particularly life drawing, is an equal love.

Sandy Robertson

Sandy has a recognisable style of painting which embraces the true watercolour look while at the same time being colourful and contemporary. She has won many awards and was made a Fellow of the Watercolour Society of WA in 2015. Her subjects include many scenes from travelling and tutoring overseas and interstate. Many of her works are completed in her studio from sketches from her visual dairy. Sandy started her career in art as a China Painter and was a prominent member in the three associations related to this fine art.

Ileana Rozitis

Silver has been the preferred medium for Ileana Rozitis for many years. She has been exhibiting and selling her work for over 20 years, initially making jewellery. More recently she’s enjoyed making small silver “pictures” with a theme. Ileana began by studying art and design, including silver work, which she loved immediately. She has won several awards. Her inspiration comes from nature, faith and relationships.

Jude Scott

Contemporary landscapes are a favourite subject for Perth artist Jude Scott, who specialises in watercolour. Jude teaches regular classes and workshops both in Perth and rural WA Exhibitions, Italy and China have led to paintings being held in private collections in these diverse places. Her work is represented Boranup Gallery in WA.

Ben Sherar

Perth artist Ben Sherar spent many years travelling around the outback looking at the great scenery this place has to offer. His most formative experience was living in the northern Kimberley town of Kununurra for a large part of his childhood which lead him towards his chosen career path. Entirely self taught, Ben’s work endeavours to capture his surroundings in a realist manner while still maintaining some painterly aspects to his pieces.

Ivanka Siljanoski

Ivanka is a local artist and photographer residing in Bayswater, WA. She has participated in exhibitions of Bayswater Art Society and has been involved in number of community exhibitions in Perth and the Wheatbelt. Ivanka’s interests are abstract forms and shapes as well as landscapes. Ivanka is passionate about flora and fauna of WA and her orchid photos will be published in WANOSCG Orchid Book in 2014. Ivanka’s photography work was highly commended at the City of Belmont Photographic exhibition 2015.

Meredith Sonder-Sorensen

Meredith first developed an interest in painting after developing Rheumatoid Arthritis and being unable to continue as a Manipulative Physiotherapist. What started as a hobby has developed into a passion. She has studied under various artists at the Claremont Art School primarily using oils. This piece is part of a current study entitled “Red” using oils and acrylics as well as household building materials to gain texture.

Alexandra Spargo

Alexandra began painting at the Claremont School of Art learning Realism from artist John Paul. From here she started painting portraits of famous singers and people she knew. Her first exhibition came from doing a portrait of Kylie Minogue’s famous Gold Shorts when she donated it to Variety Club for Children where it was auctioned for $2,500. She entered the 2012 Archibald Portraiture Prize with a painting of famous 70’s Rock Star, John Paul Young. She still has it but now it’s personally signed and hanging on her wall. She also entered this piece, which is personally signed by Paul Kelly, into the Black Swan Portraiture Prize. She won her first Award for a Pastel drawing of Romulus, an Alaskan Malamute, at the Melville Art Awards in 2014.

David Spencer

David says he never wants to be tied to one style of creativity. He creates unique pieces because he doesn’t want to be known or recognised for a recurrent style. There’s nothing he’s bound to other than experimenting, so he can keep pushing and seeking new challenges to further develop his art practice, his learning and his artistic development. David’s paintings reference urban life and the modern industrial world, while acknowledging nature’s beauty and surprise. He loves the power and statement in simple compositions juxtaposed with areas of layering and detail. “It’s when all these elements are combined, I feel my paintings are successful and only then do I feel like an artist.”

Ella Steiner

A former student at Mount Lawley Senior High School, Ella Steiner graduated in 2014 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Fine Art and Fashion. This is Ella’s third year with the Lawley Art Auction. In the past year Ella has worked as an assistant at the Creative Kids Art Club, helped with displays and events at the Bassendean Volunteer Centre and sold her work at the Propel Youth Kickstart Markets. Ella looks forward to once again having one of her delicate Papercut artworks in the auction.


William Stransky

William was born in Perth West Australia in 1958 and began painting while living in the south of Japan in 1989. In 1995 he held his first solo exhibition at Mick’s Jazz Club in Yatsushiro City and over the next seven years held a number of solo exhibitions in Japan. Returning to Perth in 2004 his style changed from delicate and colorful landscapes to more abstract compositions. Throughout 2015 output was prolific, rich and experimental and by October while a subtle shift can be detected, the work is always intersecting the brush strokes of Japanese calligraphy. In 2016 the artist is confident, in a space where control implies an even greater creativity and the new year looks to being a Monkey of a time.

Ellie Sutherland

Ellie is following in the footsteps of her mother, Julie Sutherland, with her own interpretation of her mother’s well-known owl paintings.

Julie Sutherland

The Original Owl paintings by Julie are created from her love of Owls. Each Owl painting has its own character and is one of a kind. Julie has spent most of her life living in the country in WA and nature has always been a inspiration for her paintings. Julie has won many awards since 2009 , the most recent being 10 prizes at the Swan View show.

Alli Sylvestre

Alli enjoys the lovely passions that evolve from her artwork and its process. In 2006 and 2007 Alli received awards at the Vincent Art Exhibition. She has had several joint exhibitions and continues to do so. Currently she is an Artist in Residence at Studio Eleven in Fremantle. Her abstracts are bold with beautifully balanced forms. Alli says being an artist is all about not permitting your logic to decide what happens next. Her mission is to allow her art to flow from her heart and to invite a sense of felt connectedness to those who wish to view her work.

Sioux Tempestt

Sioux has participated in numerous art awards and group shows and has held several solo exhibitions. In addition to painting, Sioux also creates digital photographic collages, urban style art and murals. Sioux has twice been a finalist in the Black Swan Heritage Prize and her work is held in public and private collections. The work in this auction explores the delicate nature of relationships and in particular, the spaces in between the spoken words.

Fran Vaux Koenig

Fran lives and works in a studio in Sorrento, painting mainly in Oil or Encaustic mediums and sometimes combining the two. Fran has been painting for about 8 years while attending classes with Leanne Pearson in Duncraig and Lindsay Pow in Palmyra and participating in workshops in NSW and Italy. Over the last few years Fran has participated in several exhibitions with the last one in March last year at the Moores Gallery in Fremantle and creates private commissions when requested. The artist was a finalist in the ArtGeo Awards in 2016 and highly commended in the York Art Award on two occasions.

Joie Villeneuve

Joie was born in the USA and became an Australian citizen in 2013. She is finding flora and fauna to be an exciting muse. Joie works predominantly in the medium of painting but enjoys mixed mediums. She completed a BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 1991 majoring in painting and printmaking. She exhibits her work internationally having recently had shows at The Studio Gallery in Yallingup, in Perth at Gadfly Gallery and at Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work is held in various collections including New York, St. Paul, Sydney and Saudi Arabia.

Tammy Vlachou

Tammy has only recently developed her artistic passion thanks to her husband who is also an artist. She has always had a passion for photography and her husband encouraged her to combine that with her love of art. She entered last year’s Lawley Art Auction with a photographic piece. Tammy lives locally and has two children at Mt Lawley Senior High School and a nephew in the SVAPA program.

Joanna Wakefield

Joanna is a practising ceramic artist living in Victoria Park. Her work takes the form of zoomorphic and figurative sculptures. Intrinsic aspects of her work are terracotta or raku clay and strong form. Joanna has been working with clay since she was 13 years old. She studied for a Diploma in Ceramics and has a B.A. in Arts Management, WAAPA. In 2008 she took a one year Sculpture course at Central TAFE. To date she has held 5 solo ceramic exhibitions as well as participating in numerous group exhibitions and art awards. Joanna has won 8 awards in 3D categories. In 2013 she held a solo show at Crown gallery in Carlisle, UK and in 2015 at the Upstairs Gallery, UK, and has also exhibited at Adagio Gallery, Sydney.

Glynda Ward

Glynda began painting in the mid 1980’s whilst completing a Bachelor of Education degree at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education. She took a year off from teaching in 1990 to do the first year of a Visual Arts Degree at Edith Cowan University but then returned to full-time early childhood teaching. She continued her artistic endeavours by attending short courses at Claremont Art School, Fremantle Arts Centre and Tresillian Arts Centre. She has been painting regularly for 12 years and has exhibited in joint exhibitions during this time. Glynda enjoys working with colour and is continuing her series, “Women at Play”. Recently she has been exploring the medium of mixed media.

Charles Warren

Charles is a dedicated art teacher at Mt Lawley Senior High School who studied art and teaching at Curtin University. He is proud to be supporting his talented students by auctioning his own painting, “Resurrection”.

Louise Wells

Louise is a textile artist with a passion for colour who finds pattern in architecture and nature a continual influence. Her work is often inspired by our untold or hidden stories, the ones we keep close to our hearts. She is fascinated by the contrast and often conflicts which these cause. Only through enquiry do we discover the complexity of the journey people have travelled. Louise uses a variety of techniques such as screen printing, stamping, block printing, shibori, hand dyeing and transfer printing to create pattern and texture on silk and cotton fabrics, usually in bold and vibrant colours. Many of her works involve stitching layers of selected fabrics together and then cutting away sections to reveal hidden, sometimes surprising layers beneath the surface.

 Josh Wells

Josh is a Mt Lawley based Portrait and Fine Arts Photographer. His work has been exhibited in areas including Mt Lawley, Leederville, West Perth and Fremantle. His work won the 2014 Emerge Art Awards people’s choice category, and he has been a finalist in the Iris Portraiture awards, the Stirling Photography Awards, and the Mandurah Portrait and Landscape Prize.

Delma White

Raised in rural Western Australia, Delma always had an interest in drawing and studied for an Art Diploma. Pastel drawing became her favourite medium portraying life and characters from the farms of her childhood. Exploring Western Australia’s bushlands has become Delma’s passion, resulting in brilliant flora paintings full of colour and light. Delma uses just three colours to create vivid still life and botanicals. Since 1999 Delma has entered and won many art competitions, most notably The Belmont City Art Award for Local Theme and Metrochurch Art Awards 2011 and 2012 for Best Depiction of Nature.

Danica Wichtermann

A childhood spent beachcombing, camping trips in the wilderness and a keen interest in botanicals led Danica Wichtermann to channel her creativity and natural curiosity into the fine arts. It was a passion that inspired the Fremantle local to study visual arts. The results of her studies have enabled her to create her own ceramics collection, Rediscover Ceramics, which she makes by hand in her studio in Wattle Grove, WA.  Danica has a Diploma of Education and a BA in Fine Arts from Curtin University. She has won multiple awards for her ceramic sculptures, participates in numerous exhibitions and is represented by multiple galleries in Australia. Her Porcelain Collections start their humble beginning on the pottery wheel. Over time, mounds of clay evolve to become a canvas that tells her story.

Ruth Williams

Ruth is an artist who very much enjoys painting the northwest of Australia. To capture the shapes and form, light and magical colours of these landscapes, oils are the medium of choice. She studied at Curtin University and Claremont School of Art. Ruth has held several exhibitions with fellow artists and is represented in private collections. Further inspiration to paint and create comes from listening to classical music and singing in a choir.

Jill Yelland

Glass designer and serigrapher Jill Yelland was born in Perth Western Australia. She studied Graphic Design at W.A.I.T (Curtin Uni) and Schule fur Gestultung, Basel, Switzerland. Since 2003 Jill has worked with glass, studying with some of the world’s best glass artists, in the USA, Germany and Australia. This new work ‘Cosmology Nocturnal’ was inspired by space, the planets and the universe. It is created by kiln-forming layers of glass and finished with Dichroic (2 or 3 colour reflective glass). This special glass was developed for the space industry for sending and receiving different frequencies by the antennae (dishes) for tracking missions into deep space and beyond. The large antenna at New Norcia has a $10 million Dichroic mirror at its core.

Aurelie Yeo

Perth born artist Aurelie Yeo is passionate about the Australian wilderness and also the coastal regions. Both reflect ever-changing colours and moods due to climate, weather and the forces of wind, sand, water and decay. Canal Rocks is always a source of inspiration with its land and rock forms and elements of the ocean. Aurelie has had 23 solo exhibitions since 1986, including two major solo exhibitions at the Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park 2014 and 2016. The artist has also been represented in over 100 invitation exhibitions and participated in the annual WA Water Colour Society Exhibition, winning in 2013.