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About

My art journey began during childhood under the guidance of my mother, also an artist. A career of classroom teaching and art education paved the way for a new direction in 2000. I have since been working full time on developing, exhibiting and marketing my style of work.

At present, my art practice embraces spontaneity, boldness,subtlety, change, growth. I emphasize colour as my main ingredient in any composition, using it to evoke an emotional response. I realise and appreciate that over the years, my work is becoming more abstracted from reality and am happily allowing the process to continue to evolve. I paint in a loose impressionistic style which depicts real- life situations and scenes, displaying versatility in the use of a variety of mediums and technique or style such as oil, acrylic, gouache and pastel.

Education

Bachelor of Education (Primary) Diploma of Music (Piano forte)

INVOLVEMENT IN ART:

Since retiring from a career of classroom teaching and art education, Carmen has been working full time on developing, exhibiting and marketing her style of work. She paints in a loose impressionistic style which depicts real-life situations and scenes. Her versatility in the use of a variety of mediums has been an asset when choosing the subject matter suited to her work, so that it can give maximum impact.

Whilst pursuing personal growth as an artist, Carmen has always valued the need to work with community art groups. She currently runs workshops throughout the State and facilitates life drawing sessions. She has participated in the Artist in Residence programs at several W.A. regional venues, including Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome in 2006 and The Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance in 2007. Schools also take advantage of her experience as a teacher with their Artist in Residence programs. In 2008, Carmen was invited to facilitate an art tour to Rajasthan, India.

Carmen has travelled extensively to gather a diversity of resource material for her solo exhibitions and enjoys capturing the essence of Rottnest and the south west coast of W.A. She also gathers material from places such as Bali, India, Italian countryside, the Greek Islands, Morocco, Spain, the French and Italian Riviera and Venice. She sees a new direction in working with emerging West Australian artists on tour; directing, demonstrating and facilitating painting sessions in inspiring locations around the world. Meanwhile, she continues to contribute to Art Society and rural art exhibitions, local and country Shire art awards and prominent school shows, all of which have been instrumental in her gaining a high profile with the W.A. art public.

Exhibitions

2018- Easter Exhibition - Home studio Gallery Dunsborough
2017-End of Year Exhibition- Home Studio Gallery, Dunsborough-
2 016-Solo Exhibition:PAINTED LIAISONS-Busselton, W.A
2014- Group exhibition with A&A Display, Subiaco
2013- Solo Exhibition-Rottnest Island, W.A
2012-Solo Exhibition- Rottnest Island,W.A
2011-Solo Exhibition-Tresillian Centre, Nedlands, W.A; The Cannery, Esperance.
2010-Solo Exhibition, Rottnest Island
2008-Solo Exhibition- Old Royal George-East Fremantle
2007-Solo Exhibition- The Cannery- Esperance; old royal George , East Fremantle
2006-Solo Exhibition- Rottnest Island; Monsoon Gallery, Broome; Old Royal George Gallery, East Fremantle.
2005- Solo Exhibition- Oceanus, City Beach; Rottnest Island;East Fremantle: Driftwood Winery, Margaret river.
2004- Solo Exhibition- The Blue Duck, Cafe, Cottesloe.
2001- Solo exhibition- McKenzie Gallery, Claremont.
1999- Duo Exhibition-Houghton's Winery, Swan Valley. W.A
1998- Duo exhibition-Tresillion Centre, Nedlands, W.A

Press

Articles in Local Newspapers; Art Edit magazine; Australian Artist 2018.

Influences

Guy Grey Smith; Monet; Gaugain; Ron Maestre;Bob Booth

55cm (W) x 43cm (H)
Other Media
$780
35cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$830
121cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Oil Paint
$3,550
122cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$3,050
41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
Oil Paint
$860
121cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$2,400
102cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil Paint
$3,000
48cm (W) x 88cm (H)
Other Media
$1,750
100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Oil Paint
$3,950
60cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil Paint
$830