The Randwick Art Society, the first Art Society in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, was founded in 2009 to promote Art, and local awareness of Art, in the community. We are a not-for profit association of artists and crafts people. We are proud to showcase a selection of our members’ work here via the Members’ Gallery. You can view more art and craft work by our members by visiting our Slideshows page. Our members welcome your enquiries about sales and commissions of their work.
ARTIST PROFILES are listed in alphabetical order:
Jane Alexander – Ann Cahill – Elizabeth Burcher – Lydia Chan – Maria J Coelho – Irene Damson – Michele Day – Mary Frangoulis – Heidi Hereth – Shirley Hughes – Shelley Jackson – Marlene Kerr – Marilyn Kime – Violetta Kurbanova – Robyn Langford-Brown – – Phil McKay – Margaret Morscheck – Antonio Princi – Pat Reid – Shirley Sandmann – – Paula Service – – Gorica Solar — Sally Southcombe – George Sternfeld
Jane Alexander was born and educated in New Zealand. Her background as a photographer has influenced her art. She took up painting relatively recently and works mainly in acrylics on paper and canvas. She is interested in trying to get movement and depth into her works Jane has a varied subject matter which includes landscapes and her current obsession with people in the rain. Jane has exhibited throughout Sydney, including at the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition and her works have been sold overseas. https://www.facebook.com/JaneAlexanderArt
Ann Cahill is a long time resident of Bondi, Ann Cahill finds water a rich source of inspiration for her paintings. Water and waves as a subject matter is inexhaustible – the light on water; the energy and drama of waves; or the peaceful stillness of rock pools at low tide. Ann looks for inspiration evoked by emotion, mood and atmosphere. Ann works in oils and acrylics and although water is one of her favourite subjects her work also includes figures, portraits and pets. Ann regularly participates in art shows and has received a number of awards including 1st prize (acrylics) Waverley Art Prize 2009 and Commended Waverley Art Prize 2012. Visit Ann’s website www.artbyanncahill.com
Liz Burcher is a painter and sculptor, just retired from her fulltime work as a medical researcher. Liz is currently studying sculpture, drawing and art history, for a Diploma in Visual Arts at The Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank TAFE. As a painter, she is inspired by the vivid colours of the Australian landscape and has works from her trips to the Kimberley and to the opal town of White Cliffs. Portraiture (both human and feline) has also been a focus of her work. Liz has also undertaken classes at the Tom Bass Sculpture School and has recently completed several steel welding sculpture workshops at the National Art School.
Lydia Chan loves watercolour, and says: “It is so unpredictable and it allows my imagination to flow. It’s very satisfying.” Lydia started watercolour in early 2012, after her husband passed away quite suddenly. She said he had a deep belief that she could paint, and this started her interest in painting. Lydia says, “The looseness and serenity of watercolour has a very therapeutic effect. It has helped me through my grief. Participating in exhibitions is my way of reaching out to the community and expressing appreciation to God.” Lydia has participated in 10 exhibitions, since June 2012 and won an Encouragement Award in the South Sydney Junior’s Art Exhibition (June 2012);a First Prize in the ‘Better Book Covers’ Competition at the Randwick Literary Institute ‘Annual Arts Festival’ (Sept 2012); received an award in the ‘Work on Water’ section Coast Senior Centre Exhibition, Little Bay (Oct 2012); and received a ‘Finalist Certificate’ in the CASS ‘Art of Sydney’ Annual Exhibition, Darling Harbour (Jan 2013).
Maria J. Coelho’s passion for art began after her retirement. Training at the Waverley Art Centre, attending various types of visual art workshops, and with support from an inspirational mentor/art teacher, she made steady progress. Maria mainly works with acrylics in a semi-realistic style to produce landscapes, still-life, seascapes and Mediterranean scenes from favourite photos. She continues to experiment at home and in South Sydney Junior’s Club Art Classes. Maria is a founding member of the Randwick Art Society, as well as an active participant and exhibitor. Art is important to Maria because it’s an interesting way to pass the time and express her creativity. Her favourite Australian artist is Margaret Olley.
Irene Damson, born in Germany, came to Australia in 1977. She has always loved birds with a passion and has had many pet birds over the years. Irene has always liked to do handicrafts, and in November 2011, she decided to combine both her passions; starting to crochet parrots and other birds. In the beginning her main market was the USA and she sold hundreds of her “pals” via the internet. Irene has exhibited her work in two Randwick Art Society Exhibitions; in September 2012 at the Randwick Literary Institute Arts Festival and in March 2013 at the Society’s 4th Annual Art Craft Exhibition at Little Bay, NSW. In October 2012, Irene and another member Sandi Beynon of ‘SandiSnaps’ Coogee displayed their crafts for 3 months at Bowen Library in Maroubra. This exhibition was an enormous success and opened up the Australian market for Irene. She has recently ventured out and also makes other animals now. Most of Irene’s sales are from custom made orders, but she also sells her work at local markets, including “East is East” Boutique Markets at the Masonic Hall, Kensington on the first Saturday of the month. To view more of Irene’s work visit: http//www.facebook.com/parrotpalsandpetpalsbyirene
Michele Day moved to Randwick in 2008. She is an active member of the Randwick Art Society and paints regularly with Willoughby Workshop Arts Centre. She has partaken in workshops at the Waverley Woollahra Art School and studied with print maker Robert Ives in etchings, monoprints and linocuts; Pamela Cowper in mixed media and encaustic; and more recently with artist, Deborah Marks at the WEA in design with collage and colour interaction. Commencing work in the film industry with the Enthnographic Film Unit, AIATSIS in Canberra, and graduating from the School of Visual Arts, Sydney in the early ‘80’s, Michele has over 30 years experience in the film and television industry, in both production and distribution. Upon leaving the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2008 Michele has been able to dedicate more time to her own artistic pursuits. Her medium is acrylic and oil pastel or encaustic on canvas – with an emphasis on collage to provide a strong textural background. “I like building up many layers using various mediums to reflect the mood and the texture of country and nature which allows the elements to slowly emerge”.
Mary Frangoulis is an Australian born Artist with a Greek background who has been a long time resident of the Coogee – Randwick area. Her love of art started at a very young age while still at school. Her biggest influence was her high school art teacher and so after leaving school, Mary continued to experiment with techniques and mediums. She worked in the Travel Industry for almost 25 years and found lots of inspiration from her travel journeys around the world. In 2007, Mary made a lifestyle change to pursue her creative passion further by studying at the International School of Colour and Design, as a Visual Artist, Colour Designer and Surface Designer. Although Mary enjoys landscape painting mainly, she has a diverse range of artworks and particularly enjoys working with textures and detail, including Paper Tole artworks. This also includes, canvas painting, drawings, mixed media collage and works with different techniques and mediums in oil paints, acrylics, soft pastels, water colour and sketching pencils to name a few. She recently released a limited edition art book, of 100 pages, tracing the evolution of her diverse range of creativity during the last 30 years. Mary is also an active member of the Randwick Art Society and regularly exhibits her artworks. Art healing is a particular interest to Mary, and loves creating unique artworks, that have a special, heart felt connection to her clients.
Heidi Hereth has lived in the Randwick-Coogee area for over 40 years. Graduating from Randwick College of TAFE with a Diploma of Graphic Design in 1971 led to a career as an Art Director and freelance graphic designer. In 1981 she started teaching graphic design at Randwick College of TAFE on a part-time basis. From 1993 she taught full-time at the Enmore Design Centre till her retirement in 2011. Heidi became an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of NSW in 1980 and has participated in their exhibitions since that time. She has also had many solo exhibitions and her work is represented in private collections in Paris, Germany, England Thailand and Australia. Throughout her life Heidi has pursued her passion for the sea and the beach, drawing and painting its many moods in watercolour both above and below the surface. Coogee Beach has become her studio, where she sketches the sunbathers and produces plein-air paintings predominantly in watercolour and also in acrylic.
Shirley Hughes excelled in art at school. In recent years Shirley has attended classes at Waverley-Woollahra Art School and Studio 70 Vaucluse. Shirley has exhibited widely over the years, including at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Maroubra Village Green, Waverley Library, Maroubra Library, Randwick Council Women’s Day, as well as at Kiama and Blackheath, NSW. Shirley is an original member of The Randwick Art Society Inc., the first Art Society in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, which formed in 2009. Shirley designed the Randwick Art Society’s current logo. Shirley was awarded first prize for ‘Best Painting’ in the Second Annual Randwick Art Society Exhibition 2011, held at Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay. Shirley’s painting style is traditional, modern, hard edge and decorative. She works in oils, acrylics and pastels; and specialises in children’s portraiture, beach and garden scenes, flowers, birds, animals and Asian style paintings.
Shelley Jackson is a self-taught artist who has engaged in some form of artistic endeavour since about age 15 years. Many years ago, Shelley worked as a fibre artist, exhibiting and teaching Batik art for about 13 years. In recent times, Shelley has focused on exploring the visual arts with gouache, acrylic, watercolour and coloured pencils. She has diverse art interests including a passion for mandala art, miniature painting, medieval icon painting, abstract painting and marine art. In addition, Shelley is a psychotherapist with many years experience using Art Therapy to assist counselling clients. Shelley has a delightful extended family of ‘arty types’; which makes life and family gatherings rather interesting – sharing interests and excitement about all things creative. Shelley moved to Sydney from Northern NSW in 2011.
Maria Kapodistrias. Between juggling a busy career in the health field and raising four children, she had always kept a sketchbook with her and managed to fit in drawing in her spare time. It was when, later, her grown-up children bought her an easel and paints that she pursued her dream of painting seriously. Maria completed short courses at Waverley-Woollahra Art School, WEA and NAS, and joined Randwick Art Society (RAS). She became a member of the all-female group WIPAS and exhibited at Bondi Pavilion. Maria’s busy calendar also included group exhibitions at venues: Tap Gallery, Pyrmont, and Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay. She was a featured artist at a group exhibition at Ashfield Baptist Home. Though she has experimented using different mediums, she today prefers the ease and flexibility of painting with acrylics.Her portraits of Nepalese villagers invite us to gaze through a window onto a people and culture unaffected by modern western society.
Marlene Kerr has always been interested in art and craft, but as a working mum of three daughters, dressmaking and craft filled any spare time she had. After she retired, Marlene was approached to teach Folk Art as a voluntary tutor. Not knowing anything about Folk Art, she did a short course and began her sixteen years as a tutor. Marlene enjoyed using her teaching skills again and the learning experiences with the group. Then, six years ago she took on the challenge of watercolour painting under the guidance of Peter Schanzer. Marlene found it a very different process, and gradually adapted to the medium. She mainly enjoys painting flora, particularly Australian Native plants. Marlene now looks on her painting as a leisure pursuit and she is continually surprised, when she actually sells a painting or two – which enables her to buy more paint and paper. At this stage of her life Marlene is happy to enjoy painting and working with the group at Randwick Art Society.
Marilyn Kime moved to the Eastern Suburbs 5 years ago and is one of the founding members of the Randwick Art Society and the current Publicity Officer. She paints with the Coast Centre for Seniors at Little Bay. Marilyn is a retired nurse. Her specialty was Geriatrics. She studied Dementia, helped many families living with Dementia and was passionate about enabling her staff to understand the implications of working with the elderly. Marilyn has lived and worked in the outback of the Northern Territory, in Far North Queensland and overseas, as well as in NSW, bringing a wide variety of colours to her art. Marilyn paints in oils, usually landscapes and seascapes. She has studied with Ruth Heiner, one of Far North Queensland’s finest artists and also with John Wilson, well known in the Blue Mountains of NSW. For a new challenge in 2012, she would like to learn how to paint birds.
Violetta Kurbanova was born and educated in Russia and came to Australia in 2008. She is a silk painter, inspired by Australian nature and her glorious colours. Violetta creates fine art paintings using silk as her canvas and liquid dyes as her paint. The particular technique she uses is called the “Serti technique”. Serti (French for “fence” or “enclosing”) is the silk painting technique where designs are formed with gutta or resist liner. The process of creating fine art on silk is technically intensive. Violetta works from original watercolor paintings to make patterns and then transfers them to silk using fabric dyes to paint the image. Once the painting is complete it is fixed for permanency. The final step is preparing the silk to be mounted on canvas. Each step is carefully planned and executed to produce a brilliant and stunning painting. For more information, visit silkpainting.com.au
Robyn Langford-Brown’s artistic journey started during her school years, During the 1980s, Robyn won many awards and international recognition for her on glaze porcelain work, including first places in Sydney’s Royal Easter Show. Family commitments and a busy professional life outside the art world meant that her Art was placed on hold until 2000. In 2001/2 Robyn furthered her studies in Europe with the remaining few master artists and craftspeople in the major English porcelain pottery works of Spode, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Crown Derby and Worcester. This intense study bore fruit, enabling her to make up lost time with her watercolour and porcelain work; winning more awards in the 2002 Royal Easter Show. Robyn has since been invited to exhibit in many Exhibitions in Australasia. In 2004 she again attended art and porcelain workshops in Great Britain. Since that time she has studied with some of Australia’s best-known botanical and on glaze porcelain artists; developing a more modern approach to both art forms. These periods of intense workshop study have given Robyn the enthusiasm and skills to enable her to bring fresh vibrancy to her favourite painting subjects, which are mainly Australian flora and fauna.
Patricia Reid has always loved Art. She studied art at school. However, upon leaving school, marrying and having four children Art was put on hold until 1968 when she joined South Sydney Juniors Intra Art Club. Patricia has studied with several different Tutors and attended many courses over the years. She has experimented with various mediums and decided that oils is her preferred method. Patricia has also participated in many group exhibitions and has won several awards. She is a foundation member of Randwick Art Society and was an elected President for 3 years from 2010-2012.
Paula Service was born and educated in England. Although mostly self-taught, her love of art was fostered by her father with whom she spent many happy hours sketching along the banks of the Mersey. Her love of the beauty to be found in nature always empowered her to try to catch that essence on paper and canvas. She moved from England to South Africa then to Canada where she finally started to paint seriously. However demands of family and work committments took over and painting was shelved temporarily. After arriving in Australia she returned to painting, attending classes including the Royal Art Society, Sydney. Finally she has more freedom, devoting much of her time to painting – oils being her preferred medium. She exhibits regularly. You can view more of her work on her website artbypaulaservice.com
My name is Gorica Solar. I am resident of Randwick, wife and mother of four beautiful daughters. I am supporter of art in general through previous years, particularly classical music. I joined Randwick Art Society Inc. in September 2014 as a visual artist (photography mixed media) and craft person wishing to expand my horizon. Warmly supported by artists of RAS Inc. I started creating and adding design on photographs, painting designs on shoes and experimenting with gouache. On this page is some of my art work. You can see more by going to http://goricasolar.wordpress.com or http://facebook.com/goracreations. Feel free to get in touch and I’ll see you around.
Sally Southcombe came to Australia from New Zealand in 1959 but it was not until 1987 when she attended an evening class in calligraphy at Waverley Woollahra Art School that she became interested in drawing and painting.
Sally belonged to the Clarice Cliff Collectors Club in England where the club held a yearly festive weekend in the potteries area. She was asked to paint articles in the art deco Clarice Cliff designs for exhibition and sale. She painted small boxes, brooches, doorstops etc. and now is making tapestry cushions and making and painting beads.
Sally is a member of Randwick Art Society and attends Waverley Seniors Art Group. She has entered paintings in the Rotary Lyne Park Art exhibition, won a prize in the ‘Better Book Covers’ Competition at the Randwick Literary Institute Annual Arts Festival and has exhibited at the Waverley Library.
George Sternfeld was born in Warsaw Poland and came to Australia in 1960. He is a long time resident of Randwick. His first encounter with creative art was 45 years ago at the Lane Cove Art House, taking pottery classes. He joined Randwick Art Society at the beginning of 2014. George retired from his professional life in 2001 as a Polymer Technologist. In 2009 George published his book (an account of his life -‘Chocolate to Anzac Biscuits’. He is self-taught and a complete novice to oil painting and is practising portraiture at present.