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Introducing, Robyn Gray, an artist from Toowoomba, the garden city in Queensland. I am an acrylic artist and work in a modern impressionistic or romantic impressionist style. The subject matter for modern impressionist work is drawn from local scenes and depicted in vivid colours and the subject matter for my romantic impressionist work is gathered from different reference material, with the composition from my imagination. Every now and then to keep from getting in a rut, I will experiment with a different style or subject.

How did I get into painting? In my thirties I started sketching the kids while they watched tv and was pleasantly surprised to see a likeness. I then began taking classes with local artists and loved it! Trying every medium, over about five years I settled on pastels for a while but didn't have funds to frame and preserve them, so stored them in newspaper under the bed (where they still are). I then gave up art due to family illness until my fifties when I started dabbling in acrylics and was hooked again. I believe in the therapeutic value of creative pursuits, and that is why I studied Diversional Therapy.

Now I am retired from the workforce after a varied career, ranging from office work, merchandising, and later qualifying as a Diversional Therapist and working in this field for seven years.

My inspiration comes from nature, the beach, and everyday scenes of life around us and I strive to convey the way the light picks up ordinary objects and turns them into extraordinary.

Exhibitions

In 2016 I won second prize in the landscape section at Toowoomba Show and sold the work. I also won third prize in the open artwork competition the Toowoomba City Council ran in conjunction with the Sister City Japanese 25 year celebration and sold that work. Previous years I have received highly commended awards. My local scenes have been sold this year to local and overseas buyers. All work is acrylic unless otherwise stated.
Judges Choice Winner for month of June in 2014 Chroma Australia Artist of the Year, "Sisters 1965".

Influences

Robert Hagan
David Hinchliffe
Jos Coufreur
Vladimir Volegov

45cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Atelier Acrylic on quality canvas stretcher
$210
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic on quality canvas stretcher
$240
30cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas ready to hang
$120
20cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Acrylic
$100
60cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas stretcher
$225
40cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas stretcher
$200
90cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas stretcher, ready to hang.
$320
30cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas stretcher
$140
25cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas stretcher
$110
45cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Acrylic on standard quality canvas
$170