Diane Casimaty is an experienced art teacher who is able to help students with a variety of painting mediums and methods. Whilst landscapes feature prominently in her own work, Diane is able to support and guide students across a wide range of subject matter. Students in her classes generally work with watercolour, pastel and acrylics. In 1971 Diane was approached by Rosamond McCulloch, the founder of the Colour Circle, to become a tutor with the group and, 46 years on, she is still generously sharing her knowledge, skills and expertise to support students in her Colour Circle classes. Diane is also an Art Guide at the TMAG, a member of the Tasmanian Art Group and a life member of the Arts Society of Tasmania. In addition to exhibiting her own work, Diane is a highly respected judge of art works entered in Tasmanian Art Exhibitions.
Joan Humble OAM
Joan started her painting career in London in 1972 studying under Frank Walter, an excellent Adult Education teacher who has influenced her teaching methods for the past 40 years. Joan delights in portraying the moods and beauty of Tasmania, resulting from close observation and many field trips. She has a strong interest in water in all its forms.
Her prizes and awards are too numerous to list, but the standouts are A Medal of the Order of Australia “For services to the visual arts as a Landscape artist”, the Gold Memorial Bowl awarded to one of her miniatures by the Royal Miniature Society in London, and twice being a finalist for the John Glover Prize.
Lindy Whitton is a Tasmanian based, visual artist whose work is heavily influenced by the coast and waterways. Her principle mediums are pastels and acrylics although she enjoys experimenting with inks, watercolours and collage. Lindy is a largely self-taught artist and has supplemented extensive reading, gallery and museum attendance at major international institutions, and daily art practice with participation in many workshops with well-regarded Australian artists. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with others through tutoring, her website and You Tube Channel. Her tutoring style is one of supporting students through theory discussion, demonstration, and one-on-one constructive critique as they find their own style and subject preferences. Lindy has won awards and held successful solo exhibitions but feels her biggest achievement is seeing students progress in knowledge, skills and confidence.
Felicity Lovett is a Hobart-based visual artist and art tutor, working primarily within the field of painting and drawing. Felicity completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012, and was awarded First-Class Honours in Painting in 2014. She works primarily in oil and acrylic paint on a medium to large scale, but also maintains an ongoing drawing practice. Her work frequently addresses sociological themes around self-presentation, gender, and consumerism, and features the human form, interiors, social customs and relationships. She favours a bold and gestural style that highlights the physical, transformative nature of painting, with high emphasis placed on the play of light and colour. Felicity has is passionate about art education, has been tutoring since 2015. She has been involved in a number of group and self-directed exhibitions and prizes, and was recently the grateful recipient of the Artery Emerging Artist Award, 2017.
Tim Price loves making paintings and teaching the skills, theories and histories of painting. He paints a wide range of subjects and utilises a variety of styles. These include painting landscapes, figures in the landscape, drawings, and abstract paintings. He enjoys imparting his broad knowledge of art in friendly and supportive classes. He takes great pleasure in looking at and talking about art. In 2007 he finished his Bachelor of Arts at the ANU School of Art in Canberra. Following this he loved and practiced as an artist in Melbourne for six years. Since moving to Hobart in 2013, he has completed a PhD in Painting and continues to practice as an artist, showing in galleries in Hobart and across Australia.
Gloria Elphinstone is a locally based artist who is predominately self-taught but has attended workshops with many great artists. Gloria soaks up the knowledge learned and applies it to her paintings. She is happy working with all mediums of paint and art materials and enjoys experimenting to find new ways to apply paint. This is where the Acrylic Fluid Paint Pouring came into existence for her, having seen it and the results that it can produce. It is a nice way to “loosen up” and relax more in painting if you feel that you are getting a bit “tight” when doing other forms of art. The freedom it produces is both exciting and relaxing and very addictive. Gloria has over the years exhibited her paintings with the Art Society of Tasmania and received the viewer’s prize on one occasion. Recently Gloria had a solo exhibition at the Stable Gallery, Coolies Hotel Moonah and has some of her fine arts oil paintings at The Strickland Gallery, Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart. Gloria enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills and she finds pleasure in seeing others grow in their artistic abilities.
Lynne trained as a teacher and has lived and worked in Australia, England and Papua New Guinea. She is an experienced watercolour artist who has exhibited in both in Tasmania and the ACT. Her passion is for portraying Tasmania’s wild landscapes and unique light and atmosphere.
Lynne’s most recent awards include the Rotary Hobart Art Show Viewer’s Choice 2018, the Art Society of Tasmania Annual Exhibition People’s Choice 2018 and the Combined Art Societies of Tasmania 2018 Hanger’s Choice Prize.
Lynne loves using the unique qualities of watercolour to convey mood and atmosphere in her landscapes. She also enjoys painting a wide range of other subjects and working in other mediums including acrylic and mixed media. Lynne loves experimenting and trying new techniques and materials and incorporating them into her art practice. She has attended many workshops and courses in Australia and overseas and painted on location in Europe. Watercolour artists that have inspired and influenced her work include Ev Hales, Joseph Zbukvic and Tony Smibert.
Chris Wiaczek embraced formal art training at the National School if Art in Newcastle NSW before “life intervened” sabotaging a planned career in the field of the Arts.
After completing a Bachelor of Education degree in 1994 as a mature student majoring in Fine Arts and Literature, a short trip of eight years around outback Australia, finally consolidated a diverse set of artistic elements and influences into a unique style and methodology.
As an active member of the Art Society of Tasmania (ARTSTAS), Plein Air Painters of Australia (PAPA) and the Australian Society of Miniature Art, Tasmania (ASMA). Chris continues to be inspired by the changing patterns and colours of the great Australian outdoors, recently returning to Tasmania where she initially moved to raise her family and complete her studies in 1980.
Barbara Etter APM is the artists behind Animalia Art and specialises in commissioned pet portraits and wildlife art. See www.Animaliaart.com.au .The majority of her pet portraits are undertaken in pastels but she also works in acrylic, scratchboard, acrylic pouring, water soluble oils and resin. She also does people portraits, especially for friends and family. Barbara is a member of the Pastel Society of Australia and attended the inaugural national Pastel Expo in Caloundra in September 2018. Barbara is a member of The Colour Circle, the Art Society of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Association of Miniature Art Inc., and the Tasmanian Association of Recreational Artists (TARA). She has undertaken many courses over the years with various institutions, artists and recently completed a 5 day residential workshop with Master Pastellist Lyn Diefenbach. Barbara has entered Hobart’s Poochibald Award for the last two years. She has always had a real passion for animals and currently has two senior citizen Golden Retrievers, Roxy (14) and Bentley (13) who feature in many of her portraits.
Michael Schlitz is a Tasmanian based printmaker whose work is intrinsically linked with nature and the landscape; "I want to acknowledge that the environment we live in influences us all. The longer you stay in one place the more you become a part of it."
Michael graduated with Honours in Fine Arts from the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania in 1996 before completing his Masters in 2000. Since graduating, Michael has exhibited widely throughout Australia as well as overseas and in 2011, was selected as the winner of the Rick Amor Print Prize. He has lectured at the University of Tasmania, RMIT, University of Southern Queensland and the Australian National University. Michael's work is represented in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery.