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MOYRA LE BLANC SMITH - NaturalArtHighlighting the fragility of our natural world and the need to preserve it for future generations is Moyra’s goal. By painting beautiful, natural subjects she hopes she can bring an awareness of the environmental concerns facing Australia. Moyra has a passion for painting the Australian Bush. Whether it’s the beautiful greens of the ferns and paddocks of the Otways Ranges, or the turquoise water and creamy coloured sand of Australia’s beaches, the reds, ochres and soft greens of the outback or gnarled old gum trees clinging to life on a creek bank or reflected in water, all are a constant source of inspiration.A love of plein air painting, experimenting with new ideas, exploring new technology, subject matter or colours means that Moyra’s work is constantly evolving.Moyra works in oil paint as she loves the colours, texturehttps://au.pinterest.com/android/s and 'feel' of the paint. The landscapes and gum trees are done in traditional oil painting style. Her home/gallery is located on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong in Victoria, Australia.

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Education

Moyra has attended workshops with many of Australias best-loved artists and instructors including John Wilson, Colley Whisson, John Lacey, David Chen, Craig Penny, Peter Smales and Max Wilks.
She is passionate about developing as an artist and learning from many sources such as workshops, books, DVDs and the internet and is constantly looking for ways to learn new ideas and techniques.
The best teacher of all however has been nature itself and learning to paint en-plein air. She finds that painting directly from nature in the bush or on beaches has taught her more than any lessons.
She continues to surround herself with people, and art experiences of all kinds in order to enrich her artistic development further.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions
5 artist exhibition at Shearers Arms Gallery - September 2014
2 artist exhibition @ Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery - February 2014 ‘Romance and Realism’
4 Group Exhibitions @ Tussock Upstairs Gallery - July 2013, September 2013, October 2013, March 2014
Numerous Monthly group Exhibitions @ Shearers Arms Gallery (Geelong Art Society)
Quarterly group exhibitions @ AGRA Galleries (Australian Guild of Realist Artists) since September 2013
Numerous exhibitions @ [email protected] Gallery since Summer 2013
2 artist exhibition @ [email protected] Gallery April 2015 ‘Under a Cerulean Sky’
Solo Exhibition Eagles Nest Gallery April 2016 ‘Inspired by Nature’

Press

Moyra has been featured in articles in local newspapers such as the Weekly Review, The Surf Coast Times and The Bellarine Times.
Publications:
Article published in Australian Artist Magazine Issue 356 - February 2014 pg 14, titled ‘Road Testing Alkyd Oil Paints on a Road Trip Around Australia
Article published in Australian Artist Magazine Issue 370 - April 2015 (Research sponsored by Chroma to road test Archival Oil Paint on a road trip in 2014.)

Influences

Influences
Moyra has been and continues to be influenced by many great artists of the past such as Claude Monet, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Frederick Mc Cubbin.

There are many living artists that she admires (too many to list) but the ones that she is most drawn to are the artists who paint plein-air with a loose impressionsistic style.

She follows with great interest the Plein-Air movement that is sweeping the USA and just beginning here in Australia.

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