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I have always wanted to be an artist and started drawing at an early age. I dabbled on and off over the years but started painting earnestly about 7 years ago after a few life changing events occurred, I survived cancer twice and was widowed suddenly. You could say art has helped me through the tough times. My early paintings were of the sea and all it offers. While later I became interested in cloud formations and the glorious colours that occur when the sun sets over the sea.
In Sept 2014 I received a R.A.D.F. funding grant which was used towards developing and painting a series of works The African Diaries, documenting a trip to Africa in 2013. In this exhibition I tried to capture the essence of Africa, the vibrant colours and unique wildlife. This was my fifth exhibition and I felt it was important to involve children so I conducted workshops for school children visiting the gallery with their teachers. I also held a morning tea for the African community in Mackay.
My current paintings are of fairies and wildlife.
Julz/Julie Ann Reardon

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Education

I have completed Certificates I,II,III and IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft - Painting followed by Certificates I and II in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft -Drawing at Mackay TAFE. I also continue to develop my skills by attending various workshops and regular classes.

Exhibitions

Sea Stories solo exhibition held at Paxton's Upstairs Gallery Mackay. 2012.
Sunsets ,Seascapes and Shells solo exhibition held at C.Q. University Mackay. 2013
Past Journeys solo exhibition held at Paxton's Upstairs Gallery Mackay. 2015
Painting Pals shared exhibition held at Paxton's Upstairs Gallery Mackay. 2015
African Diaries solo exhibition held at Paxton's Upstairs Gallery Mackay. 2015
Mackay Creatives shared exhibition at Artspace Mackay. 2015

Press

The Daily Mercury Mackay Jan 2012, May 2013, May 2015, June 2015,
The Daily Mercury Mackay Sept 2015.
The Midweek Mackay Sept.2015.

Influences

My first art teacher for 5 years Margaret Burgess encouraged and got me going in my art career and has been a big influence.
My current art teacher Di Skelly-Heron is another big influence always challenging me to try new things.

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Drawings
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Drawings
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Mixed Media
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61cm (W) x 91cm (H)
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$780
61cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Mixed Media
$780