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Rhonda Markey

“I paint in oils from my home studio in Armidale which is surrounded by gardens. The art created in it flows from the texture, colour and design I see through my studio windows. I also collect vintage crockery and patterned textiles and these, together with fruit and flowers, are the basis of my still life and floral compositions.

I spent most of my working years as a music teacher and came to a painting career later in life after returning from overseas overwhelmed with an urge to explore and develop the artistic interests of my youth. I have had extensive training at Adelaide Central School of Art and been a participant in numerous workshops with some of Australia’s most successful painters.

I enjoy making slow art. That is, art where meticulous preparation, quality and attention to detail is key. I blend traditional techniques with a modern edge, applying multiple layers of oil paint and glazes to capture the beauty and luminosity of my subjects.

I am now a full-time exhibiting artist, with paintings hanging in collections throughout Australia. I enter competitions big and small which supports the art community and helps me hone my skills. I also enjoy painting commissions. I recently won the prestigious Denis Diderot Art Grant and will be heading to France for two weeks next year for a residency at Chateau d’Orquevaux in the picturesque Champagne-Ardenne region.”

Awards:
First Prize: 2023 Armidale Art Prize
David Davies Impressionist Painting Prize in 2022 Armidale Art Prize

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