Grab your colouring in pens and pencils as some of the Blue Mountains' best loved artists share their beautiful artworks and creative activities with you.
Eloise spent much of her childhood drawing and painting, and when the time came, channelled this passion into study and ultimately a career in Art and Surface Design. These days you will find her creating patterns and illustrations for a wide range of companies and products from her home studio in Katoomba, where she lives with her family. With so much inspiration to be found in the surrounding environment, Eloise’s work heavily features Australian native flora and fauna.
Eloise’s most well know illustrative work is the award winning, Blue Mountains themed children’s book series, Leonard and Lilah the Lyrebird with author Jodie McLeod.
To see a range of Eloise’s work or purchase any of her products visit:
To purchase the books or Art Prints from the Leonard the Lyrebird series please visit: Jodiemcleod.com/books.html
Fiona discovered her love of clay in her early twenties and has has been fortunate to learn techniques and styles from many great ceramic teachers. After completing a visual art degree majoring in ceramics she went on to study education and is a qualified secondary art teacher.
After she completed her formal education, she followed her heart and moved to the Blue Mountains where she feels connected to, and inspired by, her environment and community.
Fiona created Katoomba Craft to offer small group workshops from her home studio. Her workshops explore many mediums and techniques with the emphasis being on playing and exploring. She is particularly interested in using found objects, and sees value in things that might otherwise be discarded.
Fiona’s classes and workshops can be designed for any age or ability. See information posted at katoombacraft.com.au.
Meredith is an artist and early childhood teacher, and believes we are all wildly creative beings. Curiosity, wonder and a desire to see the raw potential and possibility within each moment is what inspires her work. Meredith is drawn to the world of abstraction, exploring what she considers ‘inner landscapes’ of the soul.
Meredith created The Wild Atelier to share inspiration, colour and creativity, and to offer the magic of paint and ‘process art’ as an invitation to slow down, connect, and find beauty and joy no matter what life might be throwing at us.
Wild Atelier Art Boxes were designed by Meredith to be a creative experience that can be revisited over a period of time as layers of colour and texture are built. They come with everything needed – hand mixed acrylic paint, a variety of brushes, canvas, wood panel, art journal and prompt cards to guide the creative process. The prompt cards offer inspiration, but the possibilities for creativity are endless. You can find Meredith’s work at https://www.thewildatelier.com.au and art boxes here https://www.thewildatelier.com.au/art-boxes.
Lorraine has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her father was a graphic designer in the film industry but it was my mother, a gifted amateur artist, who taught her how to draw.
Growing up in Clovelly, Lorraine’s first inspiration was the ocean and seashore. She moved to the Blue Mountains 25 years ago, where she developed her passion for illustrating native plants she observed in the bush around her home.
Lorraine’s process is to capture her observations in initial pencil drawings, which are then carefully enhanced to bring out the delicate, intricate shapes, lines and patterns. These final hand-drawn pen illustrations are coloured on her computer to create the unique designs for her cards and art prints.
You can find Lorraine’s work at https://lorrainebrownleedesigns.com.au. Lorraine is also Art Director and Editor of Auspress Marketing and Publishing, a boutique company which she runs with her husband Ian Brownlee https://auspressmarketing.com.au
To The Trees was the title of one of Lauren’s first illustrations when she started out as a freelance illustrator. It depicts a person walking towards the trees away from a city with polluted waterways. It symbolised the values that were important to Lauren, and she continues to show her wonder for the natural world in all her work. Ranging from delicate watercolour to vibrant collage illustrations, Lauren’s common theme is a deep respect and love for our unique Australian wildlife.
Lauren creates greeting cards, art prints, calendars, earrings as well as commissioned artworks and custom family portraits. She runs workshops online and in person for watercolour and beginners drawing. Lauren’s art prints are printed on beautiful, museum archival quality Bamboo Fine Art paper. Greeting cards and other paper goods are printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with no plastic or cello sleeves to eliminate single-use plastic packaging. You can find Lauren’s work at To The Trees online at: www.tothetrees.com.au, @_tothetrees https://www.instagram.com/_tothetrees and https://www.facebook.com/tothetreesdesigns.
Alison James is a practising artist working in the fields of ceramics, painting and assemblage art. Her ceramics have been featured in The Journal of Australian Ceramics.
Alison uses found objects and whatever she has on hand as part of her art practice, and firmly believes that it does not need to be costly to be creative. Alison is the current President of the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre in Glenbrook where she teaches children’s ceramic and creative art classes.
The Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre was the first independent art centre of its kind in the mountains and has been teaching adult and children’s art classes to the community since 1973. The Centre holds exhibitions and established the Blue Mountains Art Prize and Print Prize. It also has its own artist run gallery, Hare St Gallery. You can find the Centre on Facebook or visit www.bmcac.org.
Image Credit: Ona Janzen
Hannah Surtees is a Blue Mountains based designer, artist, and educator. A professional graphic designer since 1995, specialising in creative thinking and designing brands for spaces, Hannah is passionate about people and communication.
Hannah enjoys working across many artistic disciplines and has had her sculpture work featured in Sculpture @ Scenic World alongside the Sculpture Otherwise exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. She has also featured work in the Blue Mountains Portrait Exhibition.
Hannah teaches graphic design at Western Sydney University and created KIDS CRE8, inclusive and creative art + design after-school classes and holiday workshops for primary aged children. You can find KIDS CRE8 at www.facebook.com/KIDSCRE8artclass.
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