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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 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 and loved it! Trying 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 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 decided to study Diversional Therapy in my forties.

Now I am retired from the workforce after a varied career, ranging from office work, merchandising, dental receptionist and as mentioned qualifying as a Diversional Therapist and working part time in this field for seven years in a psychiatric hospital, which also involved dementia care.

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 commended award with Toowoomba Art Society. My artworks have now been sold to buyers in every state except Tasmania and the Northern Territory (who is going to fix this ? 😀) and two to New York. All work is acrylic unless otherwise stated.
Also judges Choice Winner for month of June in 2014 Chroma Australia Artist of the Year, for "Sisters 1965".

Exhibition March 2017 TAS Toowoomba Wednesday group and previous years annual spring members exhibitions.
Carnival Exhibition September 2013 Tosari Art Gallery Toowoomba
Regular exhibitor Wilsonton Community Gallery Toowoomba
Local cafe 2017

Influences

Robert Hagan
Jos Coufreur
Vladimir Volegov

76cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic on quality canvas, gloss varnish
$290
20cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas
$99
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic on quality canvas stretcher
$220
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Atelier acrylic on quality gallery wrapped canvas.
$250
45cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic on quality canvas
$250
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Atelier acrylic on quality canvas ready to hang.
$220
25cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas stretcher, ready to hang.
$120
25cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas stretcher, ready to hang.
$120
45cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Atelier Acrylic on quality canvas stretcher
$210
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic on quality canvas stretcher
$220