About the Artists

Celeste Wrona

 Celeste Wrona is an award winning Australian contemporary artist with over a decade of experience making and teaching visual arts. Her vibrant collection celebrates free-flowing form, texture, and colour, resulting in visually stunning pieces that are cementing themselves in today’s contemporary art scene. Celeste’s original works and limited edition prints are held in private collections worldwide and have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Celeste’s work has featured on Channel 9’s “The Block” ; on Channel 7’s “House Rules”; on Channel 9’s ‘Postcards’ and on Channel 7’s ‘House of Wellness’. Celeste and her work have also been featured in a variety of well-known publications, both in print and online including Vogue Living, Inside Out Magazine, Art Almanac, The Age and Stellar Magazine with Neale Whitaker listing Celeste’s print “Awaken III’ as one of his “Objects of Desire”.

“My studio practice embraces a dynamic and fluid art-making process. I combine methods and materials that juxtapose both a chaotic and intuitive process. I view my work as being multidimensional, something that resonates physically and emotionally with the audience. Being able to transform a phyiscal space into a mindful sanctuary that facilitates a deeper level of personal awareness, taking the viewer to another place. My goal is to invite the viewer to actively construct meaning that encourages them to consider, react, and respond on my work and their internal state simultaneously” – Celeste Wrona

Celeste was recently commissioned by the Ingham Institute of Medical Research in Sydney to create three artworks based on cancer cells as seen under the Merlin Microscope. Celeste was interviewed by Channel 7’s Natalie Barr on the process and concept behind these works. Celeste has explored the influence of science within her artmaking further though her artist residencies in 2017 at Monash University’s Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Melbourne.

Celeste was born, in 1983 in Sydney Australia. As a child, she demonstrated a natural artistic ability and her passion and love for art throughout her adolescence lead her to pursue art professionally. Celeste successfully gained entry to the prestigious University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts (COFA) in 2001. It was here that she further developed and refined her innate artistic skills as well as completed a Bachelor of Art Education degree.

In 2005, Celeste gained full tenure with the NSW Department of Education to teach Secondary Visual Arts. Celeste has taught many students that have also established themselves as successful artists. She finds great joy in moulding and watching students grow both intellectually and creatively each day.

After originally starting out as a traditional European-styled pencil artist, Celeste’s artmaking organically evolved in style and media, however, regardless of her material practice, she was always drawn back to the raw beauty and complexity of nature. Her paintings and mixed media works are indicative of a more sophisticated re-invigoration of style, colour, texture and form.

Celeste loves to get lost in the flux and flow of the artmaking process and is drawn in by the unpredictable nature and organic movement of working with inks and fluid painting. She invites the viewer to lose themselves within the picture and at the same time, the pictures themselves stare back and hold the viewer’s reflective attention.

Roy Wilkins

 Roy Wilkins is an expressionist painter based in Melbourne Australia. He creates large-scale mixed media paintings on canvas. Born 1 January 1964 in Greenwich, South East London, Roy settled in Melbourne in 1999 and began painting the same year. He is largely self-taught with a lifelong passion for art and art history.

Roy’s paintings are created by experimentation with acrylics, ink, salt, drawing, collage, stencilling, and spray paint. This is applied in layers of patterns, shapes, lines and colour. They are reworked and layered until satisfying results are revealed. The motivation for painting comes from feelings and reactions to musical stimuli, usually electronic music. The images are emotional landscapes in a spontaneous abstract expressionist style. The subject matter is derived from tribal masks and incorporates abstract iconography. Artistic influences are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Albert Tucker and Jean De Buffet.

On arrival in Melbourne Roy worked at Heide Art Gallery preparing the gallery for exhibitions. During this time he was privileged to view Albert Tucker’s collection. This was a major motivation to dedicate his life to painting. Since 2008 Roy has had 6 solo exhibitions in Melbourne. His work is held in private collections in Australia, Spain, Bahrain, Portugal and England.

Achievements include: Smorgon Steel Art finalist 2001 “Shoes and Teeth”. Best in Show Roberts McCubbin Art Show 2009. Roberts McCubbin acquired “Tropical Bloody Hell”. Camberwell Girls Grammar Art Show acquired “Sad Emoticons”. 2011 Best in Show Hart Art “Big Baby”. 2011 Highly commended Roberts McCubbin Art Show “The Green Man”. 2011 Best Abstract/interpretive work Camberwell Rotary Art Show “Inner Chapel”. Featured in Vogue Living, Jan Issue 2017. Featured in ‘The Ones To Watch’ Art Edit Magazine Jan 2017 Issue.

Fionna Madigan

 Fionna’s work is intuitive and process- driven, reflecting her interest in the creative process itself – the cycle of yearning, struggle, tension, revelation, rapture and resolution. She currently is an Artist-in-residence at the Dunmoochin Foundation, Cottles Bridge, Victoria, established by celebrated Australian Artist, Clifton Pugh.

Fionna is drawn to a fertile zone between abstraction and realism and she is particularly satisfied when her paintings straddle these genres. Fionna wants the image to be mutable; she likes it when scale is ambiguous, when the macro and the micro slide in and out of awareness, when she is not quite sure if she is looking at an aerial view or the patterns on a leaf because both visual realities co-exit.

Fionna commences with compositional goals and encourages random occurrences. Improvisation and transience are integral concepts to her creative endeavours.

Recent highlights include the Mayoral Award at the 2019 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art, Eltham, Victoria and finalist in the 2019 Bay of Fires Art Prize, St Helens, Tasmania. Fionna’s work is represented in the book ‘Cold Wax Medium; Techniques, Concepts and Conversations’ (Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, 2016, Squeegee Press).

Sarah Boulton

Sarah’s work reflects her love of pattern and texture and the way she sees, feels and experiences the world around her.
She is drawn to the natural environment. Her home in the bushland of Central Victoria is a powerful influence. The trees and wildflowers, creeks, hills, rocks and animals all find their way into her work and seasonal changes drive new explorations, particularly the abundance and vibrancy of Spring.

Sarah has painted since childhood. Her mother, who is also a painter, encouraged her to lead a creative life and she went on to study fine art at RMIT in Melbourne. Leaving the city in 2002 had a profound impact on her work. She felt free to experiment and her painting has become gradually more abstract.

Sarah creates using ink and acrylics, building rich layers of texture, with metallic paint, gold leaf and spray paint adding depth and contrast. Every mark has meaning.

The creative process is part of Sarah’s daily life, whether she is in front of a canvas in her studio, walking in the bush with her dogs or watching the colours of the landscape change with the weather. Her work develops organically, sometimes she may have an idea before she starts, but generally she likes to work in a less restricted way and let a piece flow naturally.

Sarah likes her paintings to be beautiful, for people to find beauty in them and for them to elicit a personal, emotional response. The fact that this response may be different to the feelings she had creating the work excites her. Sarah feels it is one of the joys of the abstract form, when a painting has the ability to take a viewer on a journey entirely their own.

Clair Bremner

Clair’s artwork is inspired by nature and she likes to focus on bringing the outside in. Her paintings are highly decorative; however, she feels they also serve as a reflection of the beauty and complexity that nature provides. Clair likes to capture the essence of a landscape, stylizing it and making it her own. She employs colour, pattern and repetition to portray the layers of foliage and vegetation that can be seen within the landscape.

Clair’s paintings are both a direct reflection of her surroundings and an imaginary world – a secret garden that exists in her mind. A whimsical place that she can go to escape and be lost within. Clair creates a world that she wants to be in and that provides an escape from the everyday.

“Bremner wields her brush with both loose intuition and delicate intention. She renders bushy billows of treetops in thick, knobbly strokes, but intricately flecked with the tiny blades of leaves or layered with wispy fronds. These precise patterns meet languid drips and erratic splashes that melt down each canvas where trunks or stems might otherwise be found. Her colour palette, meanwhile, varies from one piece to the next, seeming to capture the moods of different hours and seasons despite the often surreal and even technicolour tones.”
— Leah Pellegrini – mymodernmet.com

Helen McKie

A local resident of Beaumaris, Helen McKie has been an established bayside artist for over 40 years. Her art reflects a passion for the ever-changing moods, beauty and colour of our Bayside beaches as well as various other nostalgic Australian scapes.

Helen’s lifelong love of nature is captured in the joyful detail of light dancing on her paintings, unravelling complex patterns through the interplay of light and shadows, to dramatic effect.

Helen is an exhibiting member and Signatory of the Victorian Arts Society (VAS) and her paintings are represented in collections in Australia and Overseas.

Marloes Bakker-Marsden

Marloes has created a collection of gorgeous, highly detailed artworks, meticulously hand draw in micro pen on paper.

A self-taught artist, her drawings cover a wide range of subjects from shoes to all sorts of animals, primarily Australian wildlife, created in micro detail using patterns as the visual weight, adding nuance and depth to the images portrayed. In some images Marloes uses watercolour wash to highlight tone and detail.

Marloes has original pieces and a selection of limited editions which are carefully replicated high quality Giclee reproductions for your lasting enjoyment.

Roz McQuillan

Roz graduated from R.M.I.T. with a Diploma in Illustration, and worked in children’s book illustration for many years. She has had a passionate interest in portraits and the figure since childhood, and works in a number of medium, including pastel, charcoal and conte, pen and ink, gouache, watercolour, acrylics, pencil, photography, mixed media, and currently, oils.

Roz convenes painting and life-drawing groups at Brighton Art Society, and has tutored in portrait drawing. Roz studied oil painting with Peter Churcher, Lee Machelak, and Maxwell Wilkes, and drawing with Harold Freedman, Geoff Dupree and Godwin Bradbeer.

Roz developed a love of drawing as a child, when she first drew her ageing auntie in the bath. She has always been fascinated by people, their character and the individuality of their faces, which has led to her passionate interest in portraits and figurative work. Her nudes are real individuals, not generic or idealized. Roz endeavours to capture the essence of a person and their own unique qualities. She is always inspired by the drama of light, and the way it shapes and changes objects, enhances composition, and creates mood.

Roz’s work, including commissioned portraits and nudes, is represented in many private collections, both Australian and International.

Sharon DeSailly

Words like ‘joyful’ and ‘vibrant’ are often used to describe Sharon DeSailly’s contemporary paintings. Use of brilliant colours in oils and acrylics, and bold texture are recognisable elements in her style. As a full time artist living in Bayside, Melbourne, as well as being an avid traveller within Australia and abroad, she easily finds the inspiration and drive to pay tribute to beauty in our everyday life. Through her paintings, the viewer is invited into the scene to ‘be there’ in an almost tactile way.

DeSailly’s abstract impressionist approach lends itself to any subject. Her gallery transports the viewer from the deep perspective of a vivid seaside sunset, to highly textured trees against the intense rich hues and powerful rock formations of Kakadu and outback Australia; to beautiful fragrant flowers in riotous French cottage gardens, some captured in huge scale to highlight their amazingly detailed blooms; to a cat napping in a Tuscan farm potted lemon tree, or a flock of playful cockatoos or magnificent, proud rooster to make you smile.

Paintings by Sharon DeSailly celebrate all living beauty. She is a third generation Australian painter, especially benefiting from a lifetime of learning and influence from her very accomplished artist father, John Leeden.

Through her wonderful, original works of art DeSailly brings joy into the homes and lives of collectors across Australia and in several countries around the world.

Ivana Pinaffo

Ivana was born in North Africa and in 1970 migrated to Australia with her parents. Prior to this move she lived in Malta where she studied English. These three countries have collided to represent her talent on canvas.

Art for Ivana is a way of life. She hasn’t gone a single day without thinking about her art, what to paint next and whom to approach, and so on. Ivana started on her art at a very young age and would spend hours drawing and painting. Her father was very encouraging and would buy her art material instead of toys as he knew it would make her happier.

In 1992, Ivana decided to take up folk art lessons and spent hours practicing brush strokes. She tried experimenting with colour mixing, broad brush strokes, thickened textures and other forms to create her mixed media work and her unique style. Ivana loves to use acrylics but also uses oils, pastels and mixed media.

Ivana has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions, has sold her art at galleries and has received awards. Recognizing that one never stops learning, Ivana continues to participate in workshops to broaden her knowledge and to mix with likeminded artists.

Ivana hopes that you enjoy what she have created and that you will be inspired by the art that she produces.

Julee Latimer

Born in the UK and settling in Australia in 2005 after 12 international moves in 17 years, Julee feels her life has been a patchwork of cultures. This plays out in her need to fragment her work. Julee seems incapable of seeing a painting as finished until it has been deconstructed and remade in various ways.

Julee has been a full time artist for many years, working across various mediums, including fibre and glass. She has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and is a published author with her book ‘Sculptural Secrets for Mosaic’ as well as writing for other art authors. Julee has also been a guest speaker and writer for Radio National in their series on Colour Theory.

Julee has been represented and exhibited in New York and Italy as well as Melbourne. Her artworks are held in private collections in the UK, Sweden, Italy, the USA and Australia.

Currently she is studying for her BFA with a double major in Painting and Sculpture, graduating in August 2019.

Annee Kelly

Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1949, with French being spoken at home, Annee completed her schooling at a French College, the College Sainte Jeanne Antide de Besancon. Her penchant for drawing and painting however, developed at a very early age and she was constantly involved in artistic activities, winning several art competitions whilst still at school.

Annee arrived in Australia in 1969 to complete her education, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in addition to a Secondary Teacher’s Training Certificate. She began to work as a language teacher and later married and had two daughters. After the second of her children commenced primary school, Annee was encouraged to devote herself once again to her art. She was soon painting full time, initially in Oil, Gouache and Pastel, but she soon discovered Watercolour. She immediately felt a strong attraction to this medium, enjoying its transparent, fluid and unpredictable qualities.

In 1985, her work was exhibited for the first time in a metropolitan gallery. Recognition was to follow very quickly. Over the ensuing years, she was to refine her skills under the guidance of tutors such as Gunther Kalbitzer, Ron Muller and the late Rick Rowton. Annee however, continued to attend Watercolour demonstrations and numerous workshops conducted by well-known Watercolour artists. During this time, she developed a unique and distinctive style, characterised by sensitive renditions which captured the charming and mysterious qualities of her chosen subjects.

Annee loves painting on location when the feelings the subject arouses in her are the strongest. The range of subject matter which she paints is extensive, drawing her inspiration from the Australian landscape with its beauty and diversity, as well as from trips overseas, mainly to Europe. She is also lately using her art as a vehicle for social commentary.

Annee has won many awards and commendations and her work features in countless private collections both in Australia and overseas in addition to having her work exhibited in numerous galleries of prominence. She is a highly acclaimed teacher and published artist, is passionate about her art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and imparting her enthusiasm in well attended demonstrations and workshops. Presently, Annee teaches watercolour classes and has has conducted ten consecutive workshops in France and Italy, where her language skills (French, Italian, Spanish) coupled with her training as a school teacher have served her well. She has participated in numerous group shows, has had 17 solo exhibitions and taken part in several overseas exhibitions.

Annee is highly regarded amongst her peers and has been awarded the title of Fellow of both the prestigious Victorian Artists Society and the Guild of Realist Artists. In addition to the Victorian Artists Society (VAS) and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA), Annee is also an active member of the Watercolour Society of Australia (WAS), the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors (MSWPS) where she acted as Secretary for two years, the Mentone Mordialloc Art Group (MMAG), the Beaumaris Art Group (BAG), the Sherbrooke Art Society (SAS), the Brighton Art Society (BAS) and the Women’s Art Register (WAR).

Annee features in 50 Australian Artists Vol 1, Artists Ink (1994) and has been published in the Australian Artist Magazine (May 2002, April 2007, September 2012, August 2016, December 2018) in addition to the VAS Journal, the Hues Magazine, Watermark and Art Edit Magazine.

“Painting is an integral part of my life and a wonderful journey which has allowed me to see many beautiful places and meet with amazing people, whilst broadening my artistic knowledge by the countless visits to renowned galleries around the world.

I love painting on location when the inspiration is still strong. However, sound draftsmanship and understanding of the concepts of composition and design, tonal range and pleasing colours, are paramount concerns of mine. I am also captivated by the effect that light can have on a particular subject and the manner in which it transforms it, whether it be a silhouetted perched village in France seen against the light, an intimate courtyard in Italy bathed in the rays of a midday sun, or the softness of dusk imbuing the majestic vista of the Australian outback. I constantly seek to communicate this through painting, in the realisation that our world is a truly beautiful and precious place. The challenging capricious and fluid nature of watercolour remains my main mode of expression and I am constantly seeking improvement, chasing the illusive masterpiece.”

Michelle Sanger

Michelle Sanger is a Melbourne based contemporary artist who has been exhibiting since 2005, with 6 solo and numerous group shows as Michelle Sanger & previously as Michelle Giacobello.

Michelle is a story-teller, whose work reflects a deep affinity to the natural world and she often uses stones as a motif to frame smaller stories within a work, and to provide a resting place for the eye within a highly patterned piece.

She says:
“The shapes of natural river washed rocks are a beautiful window. You can never see inside a stone, yet a stone can help you to see.”
“Stones are such gentle, marvellous things. So permanent yet able to be changed and shaped. One rock can become sand, can be part of a wall, can hold something down or prop something up. They are so varied in shapes and colours, inert but so present, condensed in their shapes and just so beautiful. In holding a stone, feeling it in the palm and meditating on its coolness, smoothness and ribbons of colouration I feel connected with the earth and its gifts, and aware that we are all sand, dust, stars and air. It’s a beautiful, awe-inspiring feeling.”

Often landscape based, but capturing the patterns within it, Michelle focuses on negative spaces or unusual but completely natural colours that have been amplified, sometimes abstracted, but always with patterning. It is her intention that a viewer finds some zen in her works – a quiet space to get a little lost in thought and contemplation.

Louisa Arnott

Louisa is a naïve artist, untrained and self-taught. She resides in Bayside, Melbourne, with her beautiful daughter and their equally adorable cat, Honey.

Louisa has been appeasing her artistic urges by dabbling here and there with the paintbrush over the last few years, but her yearning to create on a full time basis reached fever pitch and she was left with no choice but to my follow her heart’s desire and dedicate herself to painting on a full time basis. That was 2 ½ years ago and she hasn’t looked back.

Louisa’s artwork is not structured and doesn’t adhere to disciplinary rules or techniques. It is built upon colour, distortion, exploration and lighthearted fun (emphasis on the “Fun”!). For lack of a more profound description, she just goes with the flow and follows her instinct.

The creating process is an ongoing, uncontrollable, and a relentless gravitational pull to fulfil her insatiable artistic desires. Louisa’s inspiration is triggered by her love of colour. Fortunately, nature supplies this extraordinary colour palette, so she only needs to open her eyes and allow the floodgates of inspiration to flow in.

Louisa believes we are all born to create and indulge our artistic senses. She feels that it’s one of the many heavenly blessings we are gifted at birth and that it’s at our disposal to tap into anytime, if we so choose to.

Hemika Chawla – Resin Artist

Hemika is a Melbourne based textile designer and an artist who draws her inspiration from various elements of fashion and fine art.

She is a graduate in textile design and arts from Central Saint Martins collage of art & design, London. She also holds a Master’s degree in Arts from LaSalle College of Arts, Singapore. Her design and art colour palette includes shades from countries like Australia, England, India and Singapore.

Hemika’s innate talent for art and design saw light when she got associated with Alexander McQueen’s studio house for their Autumn/Winter collection in 2007. Later in 2008, Vogue Magazine featured her prints for the February 2008 D&G collection. Hemika then worked with some of the leading international brands to shape her talent in print design.

Hemika’s resin art is inspired by the beauty in nature and in partiular, magestic ocean waves. Her resin is food grade which makes all her pieces both beautiful and functional.

Ivy & Co – Jewellery Artists

It all started 30 years ago collecting and making jewellery and now it is a family business – a mother and her 3 children. The business is named Ivy and Co after the creator’s mother Ivy, the ‘and Co.’ part refers to the family. Ivy was a smart, beautiful, cheeky, lively soul who loved life, the earth and her family. Naming the business after her was a way of honouring her character and keeping her spirit alive and keeping the family connected through creating.

Ivy & Co. love working together and creating beautiful things that don’t destroy our planet – there isn’t anything better than that! They live and create while following these 3 rules: reduce, reuse, recycle. The jewellery pieces Ivy & Co. make are one-off pieces and they only create small batches to keep their impact on the planet to a minimum. The majority of the silver & gold used in their new pieces has been recycled giving old gold and silver a new life. Antiques are one of their favourite forms of recycling and they have collected many over the last 30 years.

Ivy & Co. know you will find a treasure you love. They are Ivy&Co. and they care about what they make.

Covet & Desire – Jewellery Artist

Handmade designer jewellery that is unique and dripping with luscious colours and semi-precious gems.

Marika, the owner of Covet & Desire makes limited edition pieces from her studio in Melbourne. Her approach is that of an artisan creating something not only beautiful and meticulously crafted, but also a unique design that she has dreamt, imagined, sourced and then brought to life.

In a sea of ordinary, Marika’s designs bring a splash of colour and sensuous sparkle when you wear one of her uniquely designed pieces of art.

The materials used are of the highest quality and include Swarovski Cystals from Austria and Seed Beads from Japan. Most pieces are gold plated.