Cattai Ridge, 1976
watercolour on crumpled Japanese paper

"Her strength is in draftsmanship and sensitive observation of trees and their branching. She discovers lyrical grace in twisting limbs as in 'Bush Moot', 'View of the Lane Cove River', 'Broken Branch'.” ~ Elizabeth Young, The Advertiser (1972)

Watercolours

The artist favours watercolour for flower and nature studies and has produced countless portrait studies in watercolour, including babies and children.  She sometimes combines watercolour with mixed-media, pen, and pencil, using pure watercolour for landscape compositions and more finished portraits.  The compositions for the artist’s major acrylic paintings are developed through preliminary watercolour sketches.

Her landscape compositions are influenced by the poetic approach of Chinese masters who capture the essence of a scene after immersing themselves in the environment. This all-encompassing perspective is in direct contrast to the limiting “snapshot” view painted at the scene.  In some of her watercolour landscapes she paints on crumpled Japanese paper to create a shimmering textural effect.

Watercolours Filtered by Era: From: 1962 - 1975
37 Works to view
37 Works to view

From: 1962 - 1975: Portraits, especially of family members and children, genre compositions. Changed outdoor landscape style to imaginative landscapes, composed indoors aided by drawings from the scene. Influenced by ancient Chinese artists who used a limited palette and subdued tones, immersing themselves in the landscape before painting at a later date to extract the essence. Techniques: acrylics on composition board while phasing out oils; acrylic on panel; collage; watercolour... read more
  • Shakeshaft's Waterfall, 1975
    watercolour
    76 x 65 cm
  • Wollangambe wilderness, Blue Mountains, 1975
    watercolour
    63 x 97 cm
  • Bogan River in Flood, 1974
    watercolour
    61.5 x 71 cm
  • Mirror Image Banksia, 1973
    watercolour
    24 cm dia.
  • Memories of Grandpa, 1973
    watercolour
    37 x 24 cm (var)
  • White Bay Power Station from Glebe Point, timber mill with derrick crane in foreground, 1973
    watercolour and ballpoint
    20 x 25 cm
  • Sketch: hippie on Pyrmont Bridge, evening, 1973
    watercolour
    30.5 x 22.5 cm

  • Sketch: Indian Family in Glebe Point Road, 1972
    watercolour and ballpoint
    20 x 33 cm
  • Aunty Dot drinking tea, 1972
    watercolour
    55 x 34 cm
  • Sketch: corner shop Annandale, Piper & View Sts - 'Billy Tea', 1972
    watercolour and ballpoint on airmail paper
    20 x 25 cm
  • Sketch: corner shop Annandale, Piper & View Sts - 'Groceries', 1972
    watercolour and ballpoint on airmail paper
    20 x 25 cm
  • Sketch: corner shop Annandale, Piper & View Sts - 'Shelley's Famous Drinks', 1972
    watercolour and ballpoint on airmail paper
    20 x 25 cm

  • Bush after Rain, 1971
    watercolour
    37.5 x 45 cm
  • Broken Branch, Ivymeade, Burnside, 1971
    watercolour
    56 x 78 cm
    Private Collection
  • Ridge, Lane Cove River National Park, 1971
    watercolour
    20.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Silver rock and river reflections, 1971
    watercolour
    14 x 30 cm
  • Brooding, 1970 circa
    watercolour
    66 x 50.5 cm
  • Summer Along the Hawkesbury, 1970
    watercolour
    35 x 54 cm
  • River Island, 1970
    watercolour
    36 x 42 cm
    Private Collection
  • Down and out in Glebe, 1970
    watercolour
    43 x 32 cm

  • Baby Stephen in Sunlight, 1969
    brush and wash
    39 x 30 cm
  • Rock Study, 1969
    watercolour
    51 x 77 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Boys crabbing in estuary, Gosford, 1969
    watercolour
    55 x 68 cm
  • Oberon Landscape, 1969
    watercolour on Ingres paper
    51 x 61 cm
  • Michaela at the Table, 1967
    brush and wash; raw umber,
    38 x 28.5 cm
  • Forked tree, Ku-ring-gai, 1967
    watercolour
    58 x 79 cm
  • Twisted pine branch, 1967
    watercolour
    28.5 x 38 cm
  • Pet dog Binker with collar tag, 1967
    watercolour
    30 x 27.5 cm

  • One-year-old Paul, sleeping, 1966
    watercolour
    28.5 x 38.3 cm

  • Michaela in orange frock, 1966
    watercolour
    28.5 x 38 cm

  • Andy, 1965
    watercolour
    19 x 28 cm
  • Michaela sleeping, foreshortened view, 1965
    watercolour
    28 x 38 cm

  • Michaela at 3 weeks, 1964
    warm and cool black watercolour
    30 x 24 cm
  • Michaela, few weeks old, 1964
    warm and cool black watercolour
    22.5 x 29 cm
  • Blue Mountains rock-face ridge, 1964
    watercolour
    33 x 58 cm
  • Sleaford Bay, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 1962
    watercolour
    39 x 58 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Brother Bill (William) 8 years old, 1962
    watercolour
    29 x 22.5 cm


Watercolours : From: 1962 - 1975 37 Works to view
Watercolours : From: 1962 - 1975 37 Works to view


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