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Hazell grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Canterbury. At school she showed a flair for art, but did not pursue it until she began travelling as a young adult, first to the UK and Europe and then when working in the north of South Australia. However, it was when she commenced studying with the artist David Beech in Ringwood that she began to find her artistic abilities. Under the guidance of David, Hazell entered the Swan Hill Inaugural Art Award and as a result was offered a solo exhibition at the Swan Hill Regional Gallery, where one of her paintings is now in the permanent collection.
When raising her family Hazell’s painting time was reduced, although she did attend classes from time to time urged on by her husband. She has painted principally in pastels and acrylics, loves working in charcoal and periodically enjoys dabbling in watercolour, finding the medium to be challenging and exciting, with endless possibilities for exploration. She likes to capture the essence of a subject rather than its realistic rendition.
Hazell has two adult daughters and she and her husband, Colin, live with their dogs at Inverloch, a most beautiful area of South Gippsland in Victoria. “It seems to mainly rain at night—like Camelot”, says Hazell, ”which freshens the colours and provides constant inspiration for my interpretation of what Nature provides.” She also finds painting people in 'ordinary' situations a great delight.
However, her lifelong passion for animals, particularly dogs and cats, is continually manifesting itself in her artwork and Hazell loves to paint them showing typical body language and personality of a particular animal. She accepts commissions for Pet Portraits. See her website: hazellraybillington.com and contact her for an obligation-free quote for a portrait of your favourite animal.
Hazell recently had a very successful solo exhibition at "The Hub" in Inverloch, selling several paintings. She is an active member of the Bass Coast Artists Society and has had official duties on the committee for the past 12 years, now retiring from committee to spend more time painting. She contributes to various exhibitions throughout the year and has won several awards for her work.
In 2012, Hazell and her husband were initiators in the establishment of a community gallery in Wonthaggi, Victoria.

Some Awards:
2007 Highly Commended, Best Watercolour Bass Coast Artists' Society Easter Show
2008 Best Other Medium Bass Coast Artists' Society Easter Show
2010 Best Pastel Painting Bass Coast Artists' Society Easter Show
2012 Highly Comm., Best Pastel Bass Coast Artists' Society Easter Show
2012 Highly Commended, Best Pastel Inverloch Art Show

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Education

Various classes and workshops

Exhibitions

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
The Hub, Inverloch
Camberwell Rotary Art Show
Bass Coast Artists Society Easter Show/s
Art Society of Phillip Island
Inverloch Art Show
Leongatha Rotary Art Show
San Remo Art Show

Press

Progress Press, Melbourne
The Star, Leongatha, Vic
Sentinel-Times, Wonthaggi, Vic

Influences

David Beech, Agata Lelek, Colley Whisson, Herman Pekel, Kurt Jackson, The Impressionists

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Acrylic Paint
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33cm (W) x 26cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
$410
41cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Mixed Media
$270
40cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$410
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35cm (W) x 45cm (H)
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