“Painting with a purpose”
Thanks for visiting my page. I am Robyn Gray, an artist from Toowoomba, Queensland. I am an acrylic artist and work in a modern 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. But in between these styles I like to break out into a quirky/pop art style every now and then for fun, or even expressionistic landscapes in vivid colours with skyscapes which I have always loved to paint.
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, the first being the late John Perham, experimenting with every medium, over about five years. I settled on pastels for a while but couldn't work out how to preserve them without framing, so stored them in newspaper under the bed (where they still are). I then gave up art due to family commitments until my fifties when I started dabbling in acrylics and was hooked again.
I have had a varied career, ranging from office work, merchandising, dental receptionist and qualifying as a Diversional Therapist in my forties and working part time in this field for seven years in psychiatric/dementia care. I believe in the therapeutic value of creative pursuits, and that is why I decided to study Diversional Therapy.
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.
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I will be donating 10% of my profit from each sale to Shake It Up Australia in future, and have made a donation equal to that from my sales so far, in memory of my late mum and Uncle and other loved relatives still living with Parkinson's disease. I tried to put this cruel disease out of my mind since her passing in 2008, but it continues to affect more loved ones and it is time I try and make a positive effort to help.
Shake It Up Australia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2011 and in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation promotes and funds Parkinson’s disease research in Australia aimed at better treatments and ultimately a cure.
2018 Downlands Art Exhibition
2018 Toowoomba Art Society Spring Exhibition
2018 Facets of Fairholme - Award winner - USQ Artsworx and McGregor School bursary.
2018 Art for Epilepsy Auction
2018 Toowoomba Grammar School Exhibition, sold three works.
2017 Highly Commended TAS spring exhibition.
2016 2nd Landscape section Toowoomba Show and sold the work.
2016 3rd 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 commended award with Toowoomba Art Society.
Also judges Choice Winner for month of June in 2014 Chroma Australia Artist of the Year, for "Sisters 1965".
My artworks have now been sold to buyers in every state except Tasmania and the Northern Territory (who is going to fix this ? 😀), two to New York, and two to Paris
Exhibition March 2017 TAS Toowoomba Wednesday group and previous years annual spring members exhibitions.
Carnival Exhibition September 2013 Tosari Art Gallery Toowoomba
Press release USQ Artworx/McGregor School
Recognition of donations to Shake It Up Australia
Blog on Hydrocryl website
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