AUSTRALIAN PASTEL EXPO
- 2022 TUTORS -
International Guest Tutor
Tony is an award winning painter, instructor and author who has been painting for over 45 years. A member of several art societies including Pastel Society of UK, Pastel Society of America, Master of Pastel Artists of New Zealand, a member of the Master Circle IAPS, a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, UK.
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Dawn Emerson is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America signature member, and has been since 1997. She is the author of “Pastel Innovations”, which was published in 4 languages in 2017. She has produced several pastel instruction videos and was a juror in 2021 for The Pastel Journal’s Wildlife Category. She has multiple awards and has been represented in the following galleries: Mockingbird Gallery/Petersen Contmporary Art, Bend, OR USA since 1997.
She hopes to inspire people to enjoy the freedom the pastel medium offers. She loves to experiment as she paints and hopes to encourage others to enjoy the discoveries along the way, rather than the destination.
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With over 20 years’ experience working with pastels, Lyn has a unique approach to her art. Her art has evolved from realism into paintings which express stories, memories, and feelings. For Lyn, abstract expressionism gives her the freedom to explore the ‘what if’ of pushing ideas, through the layering of colour and texture, and most importantly, having fun!
The pursuit of masterly quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach whose work is imbued with a celebration of her faith and of life. Her paintings in pastel and oil cover a myriad of subject matter with her bold florals consistently receiving accolades nationally and internationally. Lyn was accepted into the International Guild of Realism in 2008, and holds Master Pastellist status with the Pastel Society of Australia.
Born in New Zealand, Pauline moved to Sydney, Australia where she worked as the Advertising Manager of a national retail chain for 20 years. Relocating to Queensland meant that her long postponed passion for art could be given some attention, nurtured, and brought to life. She painted and exhibited landscapes and figurative works in many art shows and galleries, until she finally found her niche, and her passion. People! She mentors student artists from all over the world and has collectors for her paintings in Italy, France, England, Ireland, America, Russia, Finland, Germany, Holland, Cyprus, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand & Australia.
Stephie Clark is an Australian based soft pastel artist. Self-taught, Stephie began her love affair with soft pastels in 2011, cultivating inspiration from the Impressionism art movement and her close observation of beauty in nature. Stephie cherishes her connection with her many students worldwide and has an active Patreon community in which she shares monthly tutorials, mentorship and material reviews. Stephie has been a featured artist in demonstrations held by the Pastel Society in Australia and New Zealand and is also a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe and has been interviewed & featured in French magazine, Pratique des Arts.
Janet Hayes works in a variety of media; predominantly pastel, and including acrylic, charcoal, ink, watercolour and printmaking. Janet is currently working on pastels from her series of Ballet and Dance. She has had eleven solo exhibitions - including exhibitions at Libby Edwards Gallery, when it was situated in South Yarra, and Adam Gallery, in Melbourne CBD. Among several awards she has received is the Allied Artists of America Award at the Pastel Society of America annual exhibition, New York City in 1993. More recently, in July 2019 Janet was awarded the Innaugural John Dudley Portrait Prize in Melbourne, and in August 2017, she won Best Pastel/Acrylic at the Bayside Art Show, Brighton, for her Pastel: Lotus Lillies NT.
Lyn works most frequently with the soft pastel medium using its beautiful versatility and purity to paint her favoured sea or waterscapes and the untamed often fragile beauty of Australia. Five of her works have been acquired for government city collections in Australia and Japan. Lyn features in seven art reference books, and online she was invited to feature in the Best of Worldwide Artists Collectors’ edition – World’s Top 13 Seascape Artists. The Australian Guild of Realist Artists have given her Life membership and her Fellow status represents the quality of her paintings. The Signature Member status of the Pastel Society of Victoria reflects her cumulative art awards for pastel works.
Tricia Reust is a visual working artist in most media and a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia. Her many awards include the National Mortimore Prize in 2012 and 2nd Prize plus honorable mention in the 10th International Drawing Biennale. Tricia has recorded two episodes on 'Colour in Your Life'; published two books and recorded several instructional videos. Tricia employs layers of textures, story and glaze in her process to employ a fresh look.
Sandra is an international award winning wildlife artist working in this field professionally for over 35 years. She tutors in all mediums and subjects and has developed her 'slingshot' method from experience. She developed a worldwide app which enabled artists who wanted to improve to join her classes online.
Anne Yang paints in both pastel and oil from her home studio in Cooroy, Sunshine Coast, Qld and teaches pastel workshops, classes and demonstrations. Living by a lake in a bush-like setting, Anne finds plenty of inspiration for painting subjects, however a love of travel and exploration has led her to also find creative inspiration much further afield. In 2014 Anne was awarded the Master Pastellist Title with the Pastel Society of Australia.
JULIE AND MICHAEL FREEMAN
International Guest Tutors
Julie and Michael are international award winning artists from New Zealand who have over 40 years of teaching experience and share a love of pastel and have had a fascination with realism since childhood. Julie is a Master Pastelist (MPANZ), is in the Master Circle of IAPS and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA). Michael is in the Master Circle of IAPS, is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and has a Master of Fine Arts degree.
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Cuong Nguyen is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism, as well as having been awarded the distinction of Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Cuong works in both oil paints and pastels. Though he almost never blends his strokes, Cuong achieves a level of detail and smoothness of gradations that is unusual in pastel paintings. In oils, he aims for a realism that never crosses the line to photographic, so that the viewer always has a sense for how the image was formed from its raw materials.
Regardless of media, however, Cuong Nguyen's paintings always reveal a fundamentally optimistic view of the world and a sense of wonder towards the beauty that surrounds us.
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Leoni Duff lives in the provincial city of Launceston, Tasmania with her husband and family. An accomplished musician in her earlier years lead her to study at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart majoring in piano. While having an avid interest in art and art history, it was during the 1980s that Leoni made a serious effort to develop her painting skills. Starting with watercolour and progressing to oils, she sought every opportunity to study the old masters and early Australian artists for instruction. Largely self-taught Leoni has relied heavily on both historical and current art resources for guidance and direction. Leoni now works exclusively in pastel as her preferred medium. Summarising her philosophy of art, Leoni has said ...
"I am motivated in my art to reflect a sense of wonder and appreciation at the work of the Creator. I see beauty, design, order and drama in simple objects, landscapes, the human form and the endless material in nature to inspire the artist. Out of a spirit of thankfulness, and in keeping with my philosophy, I set out to reflect this beauty and design and share these observations with those around me."
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Christine Clarke grew up with a passion for drawing and painting, and has over 38 years of experience in painting, tutoring, exhibiting and selling her works. She has won over 40 awards, including the status of Master Pastellist from the Pastel Society of Australia Inc., in 2007 and in 2012 the prestigious Pastellist of the Year award.
Louise Corke's journey with pastels began in 1993. She was born in New Zealand to Australian parents. The visual experiences of both countries initially caused her confusion due to the vast colour differences between the two landscapes, but today the two augment and enhance her paintings. She was awarded the Master Pastellist Status with the Pastel Society of Australia, a scholarship to study pastel painting in New York, Pastellist of the Year Award 2007 and 2017 and multiple awards in both pastels and portraiture in Australia and Internationally.
PENELOPE GILBERT NG
A Master Pastellist of PSA Australia, Penelope's career spans over 50 years. Penelope has been a finalist in Archibald annd Portia Geach Portrait prizes. A champion prize winner at the EKKA Qld with 3 of her Champion portraits in pastel.Penelope's passion is pastel showcasing her love of colour and the vibrancy that pastel excels in.
Regina paintings are mostly inspired by her love of water, reflections and portraiture in the pastel and oil mediums where she seeks to capture an intimate mood and aliveness in her work whilst revealing beauty in the colours and light of her subject. Regina holds a Fellowship status with The Australian Guild of Realist Artists; a Signature and Honorary Life Membership of the PSVA and has been a past President of PSVA.
As a Master Pastellist with the PSA, Karol has had the privilege of teaching her love of nature in pastel across the world. Starting The Online Art Society in 2020, when Covid hit, is a career highlight as it allowed her to connect artists across the world in times of isolation. Pastel is her addiction and has been for the last 30 years. She loves painting from life, chasing the subjects Mother Nature spotlights and colours so divinely, especially when it involves water and the ocean.
Tricia Taylor is a Master Pastellist from Queensland, Australia with over 20 years of experience working with pastels. Having an impressionistic style of realism Tricia’s work has life and movement focusing on the beauty of light. She has awards in landscape, seascape, still life, florals and portraits along with being awarded Pastellist of the Year 2010. As an Accredited Unison artist Tricia has been given her own selections of Unison pastel sets. Including Seascape, Earth and Rock, Sand and more. Teaching from beginners to advanced students for 13 years. Tricia’s workshops are in demand in Australia and internationally
David Wells was born into an artistic family. He is an eclectic artist having worked professionally as an actor, graphic artist, web designer, circus and street performer, musician, children's entertainer and visual artist. He has exhibited extensively, and has been awarded over 30 prizes for his art. His work has been regularly published in international journals, and has featured on the cover of both “The Artists Magazine” (2009) and “The Pastel Journal.” (2009 and 2014) In 2014 “The Pastel Journal” also awarded David “The Grand Prize” in the Pastel 100 Competition. In 2014 his portrait of HRH Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, was accepted as a gift by the Royal Family and now hangs in the Royal Collection. For the past 10 years, David has been running workshops and master classes around Australia, and has developed a reputation for his relaxed, generous and entertaining style as a teacher.