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The members’ marketplace brings together our creative collective for easy networking and to assist with promotion. Share your information here with images of your work, Facebook and website links or look for someone who could help you with your next event or project. You can even offer a commission to one of our artists!

Meaghan SheltonAward Winning Artist

Imbil, QLD – Ph. 0428 645 057

Award winning fine artist Meaghan Shelton won the Heritage Art Prize in Gympie last year with Embedded (The Diggers’ Darling), and first place in the Portraiture category of the Kenilworth Trophy Art Prize in 2014.

She exhibits throughout Australia and was shortlisted for the ANL Prize in Victoria as well as the Clayton Utz Prize, in Queensland.

Ms Shelton is a graduate of RMIT majoring in painting, and now works from her Imbil studio.

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Fiona GroomArtist

Mary Valley, QLD

Fiona Groom says painting has been an evolutionary process, although the opportunity to paint did not present itself until the early 2000s when she enrolled in a local Tafe course.

She completed Certificate II Visual Arts followed by the Diploma of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) at Cooloola Sunshine Institute of Tafe, and in 2015 finished a Fine Arts Degree with Curtin University.

She has co-coordinated art shows and exhibited throughout Queensland, interstate and most recently, an exhibition in Florence, Italy, while curating the gallery at Yandina Historic House for eight years.

Fiona focuses on animal life and is inspired by the natural world.

She captures “that look, that expression and sometimes, a little humor” with a camera, and then uses acrylics to blend and create the colours of nature. It’s an uncomplicated process mainly due to her constant experimentation in finding an accurate colour match for her chosen subject. These continued explorations and tests help her to document what I see and encourage her to create a realistic portrait of animal life.

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Sally LuchichSutton Street Studio

Brooloo, QLD – Ph. 0458 018 525

Sutton Street Studio artist Sally Luchich, from Brooloo, tells us that she began painting years ago when she lived in Darwin.

“My mentor encouraged the use of photos as a jumping off point and I developed interpretations of scenes I enjoyed. I began with pastels using a strong style which relied heavily on bold colour. This passion for colour has remained with me in the use of other mediums.

“My style is relaxed rushing if that makes sense. I don’t generally labour for hours on any one piece of work, that often being for me, a recipe for a disaster. I am still learning when to stop.

“I am not formally trained in visual arts (rather in Ceramics) and although the thought of seeking formal tuition sometimes crosses my mind, I am happy to be free from the expectation of justifying my methods and thought processes. As much as I love researching, reading and understanding, I really don’t fancy any more assignment writing. Four years doing my Bachelor of Education, followed by numerous other unrelated courses of study most of which were used in voluntary roles remind me that time can be better spent.

Since coming to the Mary Valley, Sally has been able to immerse herself amongst a range of talented and dedicated people who understand the true worth of artistic pursuits. Their daily enthusiasm is not just encouraging for individuals like herself, but heart-warming and essential for the continued respect and recognition which the creative arts industry deserves.

“I am thankful for belonging to Mary Valley Artslink who have made this all possible. Without creativity our world would be bare and our minds dull.”

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