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Delma considers herself a Contemporary Botanic Artist. Traditionally, Botanical art is executed in watercolour or graphite, actual size with a plain background. Contrary to tradition she paints in oils, on canvas, in full saturated colour. The plant must be readily identified and is always larger than life, even though the work maybe a miniature. The subject is always ‘in situ’, in reference to the larger ecosystem. Delma always locates the subject in its natural habitat.
Delma paints intricate detail to be true to the beauty of nature. She doesn’t paint impressions of flowers. It is her purpose to capture the reason for its existence and how it looks and survives and its interactions with other plants and animals. I want the viewer to be fascinated by the beauty and uniqueness of Western Australian flora and to consider the environment. I want them to see and feel what I did when I found that little orchid glowing in the sun and its petals fluttering in the breeze.
Going out bush to isolated places in Western Australia inspires Delma works in pastels of Rural Life. Her Still Life studies enable her to work in her studio on the effects of light on everyday objects.

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Exhibitions

EXHIBITIONS:
2016: Homeless Art Auction Fremantle
Boranup Gallery, Margaret River
Monet Gallery, Guildford
2015: Avocados, ‘So Unexpected’ Brookton Hwy
2014: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Elements Gallery, Dalkeith
2013: Boranup Gallery, Margaret River
Zigzag Gallery, Kalamunda
2012: Colourlust Art Space, Fremantle
2011: Monet Gallery, Guildford
2010: Kingfisher Gallery, West Perth
Tipperary Church Gallery, Northam
2009: Tresillian Art centre, Nedlands

AWARDS & PRIZES
2017: Minnawarra Awards: Acceptance to exhibit
Boyup Brook Festival: Highly Commended – Works on canvas
Wagin Woolorama: 2nd prize – Still Life
2016: Gosnells Art Awards: 1st prize – oils
Wagin Woolorama: Highly commended – Still Life
Newdegate Field Day: 1st prize – Oil/Acrylic
2nd prize – Small works
Highly commended - Drawing
2015: Minnawarra Awards: Acceptance to exhibit
Newdegate Field Day: 1st prize- small paintings
Nth Midlands Ag Soc: 1st prize – Oils
Canning Art Awards: 3rd prize – 2D category
Wagin Woolorama: 1st prize – Still Life
Highly Commended – Small painting
2014: Royal Botanic Melbourne: Acceptance to exhibit
Newdegate Field Day: 1st prize - Oils
Wagin Woolorama: 1st prize – Still Life
Minnawarra Awards: Acceptance to exhibit
2013: Florence Biennale Italy: Invitation to exhibit
South Nevada Museum Invitation to exhibit
Of Fine Arts:
Wagin Woolorama: Presidents Award
1st Prize – Still Life
Albany Art Prize: People’s Choice Award
2012: South Perth Awards: Acceptance to exhibit – Emerging
Wagin Woolorama: 2nd Prize – Still Life
Highly Commended – Pastel
Newdegate Field Day: 1st Prize – Oil Painting
York Art Society: Highly Commended – Pastel
Ledge Point Wildflower: 1st Prize – Overall
Metrochurch Art Award: 1st Prize – Nature
2011: Australian Art Magazine: Finalist – Still Life
Finalist – Flowers and Gardens
Belmont Art Awards: 1st Prize – Local Scene
Metrochurch Art Award: 1st Prize – Nature Award
Wagin Woolorama: 2nd Prize – Pastel
Vic Park Art Awards: 1st Prize – 2D
Newdegate Field Day: 2nd Prize – Oil
2010: Australian Artist Magazine: 2nd Prize – Still Life and Floral
Gosnells Art Award: 1st Prize – Works on paper
Northam Art Prize: 1st Prize – Pastel

Press

MEDIA
Australian Artist Magazine March 2013, Article
Australian Artist Magazine June 2010, Still Life 2nd
Hills Gazette June 2009
Australian Artist Magazine April 2009, Article
Australian Artist Magazine September 2008, Flowers and Gardens
Statewide ABC TV July 2007
Fremantle Gazette March 2007
Western Suburbs Weekly March 2007
Canning Times March 2007
Australian Artist Magazine September 2006, Still Life Finalist
Baptist Church Advocate September 2004
COLLECTIONS
Gosnells City Council
Lake Grace Shire
Belmont City Council
Sons of Gwalia Mining Company
Fellowship of Christians
Tipperary Church Gallery
R.S.M. Bird Cameron
Lane, Buck and Higgin
Numerous private collections

Influences

The beauty of Western Australia's native flora and rural life

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