Showcasing a selection of RAS members’ work.
Our members welcome your enquiries about sales and commissions of their work.
Landscapes – Watercolour Painting:
Rick has lived all his life in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. While drawing and painting were high on his agenda at school, not so those around him. This led to tertiary training in town planning and architecture at University and a career in that field. Along the way there were often drawings, illustrations and renderings to prepare. These high points were supplemented with stolen moments and late nights on the kitchen table grappling with the challenge of painting in watercolours. He now spends as much time as possible painting. Rick was elected Vice President of Randwick Art Society in 2019, and then was re-elected for 2020. Rick is also one of two CASS representatives (Combined Art Societies of Sydney) for Randwick Art Society for 2020.
Landscapes – Oil Painting:
Alana Best – Coming from a graphic design background, painting for me can be meditative and stimulating. I enjoy the search for subject matter, the observation, the planning, as much as the application and development of shape and form to canvas.
I am strongly drawn to the natural elements – the earth, the sea and the sky. Depicting distance, direction or space to subtly lure the onlooker holds the common thread in most of my paintings.
Mosaics -- Acrylic -- Watercolour Painting
I began my art journey in 2018 when I tried making a mosaic. I loved the process, colours and diversity of materials. I felt the need to learn some art theory & techniques to improve my skill, so attended several acrylic painting lessons in 2019 where we painted impressionist paintings in a day. I loved this medium as well and continued in it, as well as taking up watercolors. I've sold my mosaics and acrylic paintings in exhibitions, and on Etsy. This year was a highlight winning a ribbon at the Sydney Easter Show. My website is mosaicswithamessage.com
Ceramics – Mixed Media – Painting – Printing
Teaching with NSW DET for over 32 years as a High School Art Teacher, Head Teacher Visual and Performing Arts, and Deputy Principal. Practising artist since 1990’s— creating and exhibiting own art works; ran a co- operative gallery in Blue Mountians; curating exhibitions and creating murals. Since then has continuously exhibited art works and ceramics in various galleries/art spaces and group exhibitions. Teaching and tutoring adults in Ceramics and Painting— currently teaching adults painting at The Coast Centre, Little Bay, and creating murals. Also curating exhibitions for the art groups that she tutors in various locations. Recent works are in 2D and 3D media—painting, mixed media, ceramics, photography and print making.
Watercolour – Oil – Acrylic –
Abstract and Modern Expressionist
Anastasiia Calvert is a Ukrainian-born Australian fine artist and entrepreneur, director and founder of Anastasia Gallery https://anastasiagallery.com.au who is best known for her abstract and modern expressionist artwork and a strong advocate of the empowerment of women. With an affixation of mother nature and woman, Anastasiia creates a montage of themes including plants, body, desire, mystery and ambiguity. “In today’s age of expressionism, art is ever more a powerful tool”, the artist has said. “My mantra is to articulate the emotions and impulses inherent in a woman”. From the age of 7, she had been exposed to fine arts with direct tutelage from some of the best Ukrainian artists the likes of Viktor Chumachenko and Natalya Boychuk. Born on March 27, 1991 in Svetlovodsk, Ukraine as Anastasiia Chaikovska and having graduated with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2014 Ukraine, she emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 2019 as a young woman Anastasiia resides in Sydney Eastern Suburbs with her Husband and Daughter. She continues to paint in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting in a variety of styles including abstract expressionism, erotic, figurative, surrealism and conceptual art.
Landscapes – Seascapes – Still Life – Watercolour
Painting in WATER COLOUR medium has always fascinated me. With its luminous and fluidity, captured my attention. The radiance and spontaneity of water-colour paints, are 2 of the most attractive qualities. Although, many shy away from water-colour because it is a difficult medium to handle, I took it up as a challenge. I am pleased I did not give up, but with my determination; I read Art Books, watched painting demonstrations, joined some Art Groups, and lots of practices. Step by step I am enjoying water-colour. My Art reflects the creativity of God and His Love for beauty and perfection.
Landscapes – Seascapes – Mediterranean Scenes –
Still Life – Acrylic Painting
Maria Coelho’s passion for art began after her retirement. Training at the Waverley Art Centre, attending various types of visual art workshops, and with support from an inspirational mentor/art teacher, she made steady progress. Maria mainly works with acrylics in a semi-realistic style to produce landscapes, still-life, seascapes and Mediterranean scenes from favourite photos. She continues to experiment at home and in South Sydney Junior’s Club Art Classes. Maria is a founding member of the Randwick Art Society, as well as an active participant and exhibitor. Art is important to Maria because it’s an interesting way to pass the time and express her creativity. Her favourite Australian artist is Margaret Olley.
Landscapes – Abstract –
Watercolour Painting – Acrylic Painting
My creative activities began with embroidery, which I always enjoyed. Then, about 10 years ago I was introduced to watercolour painting at Alice Springs Caravan Park, where I had my first lesson. Since then I have attended lessons at the Little Bay Coast Centre for Seniors in watercolour and enjoy the medium. Janice was elected the Assistant Secretary of Randwick Art Society for 2019.
Mixed media – Assemblage
I am a long-time Coogee resident and a librarian, but happily retired, I am perusing my creative interests. My main art education has come from a life-time visiting art galleries around the world. I prefer avant-garde, abstract and experimental works. I have used different media including acrylics, but really enjoy experimenting with mixed media and assemblage, especially found objects. Some favourite artists include
Marcel Duhamp, Kazimir Malevich and Australians Robert Klippel, Rosalie Gascoigne, Gerald and Magot Lewers, and Colin Lanceley.
I joined the Randwick Art Society during lock-down and enjoy the welcoming and supportive company of its members.
Oil Painting - Impressionist Style
Ann has attended art schools at Charles Sturt University and is currently in her final year of a four year Fine Arts (online) course.
Ann works in oils in an impressionist style and it is the effect of light on a subject that inspires her. It gives her paintings a sense of time, mood and atmosphere.
Awards include many judge and people choice prizes including First in the Waverley Art Prize (acrylics) 2009 and most recently a First and People’s Choice in Randwick Council’s 2023 International Women’s Day Art Prize, plus Best in Show at The Randwick Art Society's Annual Art Exhibition 2023.
Mixed Media Artist
I commenced work in the film industry with the Ethnographic Film Unit,AIATSIS Canberra, graduating from School of Visual Arts, Sydney in 1982. I’ve over 30 years experience in the Australian film and television industry. Upon leaving the ABC in 2008, I’ve dedicated time to my artistic pursuits. My medium is acrylic and oil pastel on canvas – with emphasis on collage techniques, providing a strong textural background. I’ve discovered a new focus and confidence using hand made papers, experimenting with my mark making in mixed media/collage works. "I like building up many layers using various mediums to reflect the mood and the texture of country and nature which allows the elements to slowly emerge”.
Abstract Expressionist Painting –
Printmaking – Drawing – Plein Air – Photography
Heather Egan graduated from the National Art School Sydney in 2011; majoring in painting. Heather is an artist working across a number of disciplines, including abstract expressionism painting, printmaking, drawing, plein air, and photography. She uses a wide range of materials – ink, watercolour, acrylic, lino, wood, charcoal. Heather has been a recipient of a number of art awards and a finalist in art shows, including the Paddington Art Prize, the Waverley Art Prize and the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. Heather has been involved over the past few years teaching in community centres in the eastern suburbs and was a 2019 committee member of Randwick Art Society. She joined the society in 2015. Heather is the elected Secretary of Randwick Art Society for 2020.
Landscapes – Animals – Flowers –
Figures – Watercolour Painting
I have always felt drawn to Art since I was a child; more recently I realised that my main attraction was to watercolour. I started joining classes a long time ago and always kept on painting no matter where family life took me. I paint anything really; landscapes, animals, flowers, people in crowds or individually. For a short period I took classes in pastels, however the art of watercolour drew me back.
Nature and Wildlife Illustrations –
Watercolour Painting – Mixed Media – Crafts
Julia is an energetic artist that loves to capture moments of passion and enjoyment through various mediums, backlit with humility. Now a local Sydney hobby artist, Julia grew-up in the season rich north of Germany, where she was able to experience the vibrancy of Europe and within a
progressive art scene. With her craft sharpened, it was Julia’s early start to travel abroad that set her vision and created a deeply rooted value of caring intensely for nature. Julia’s care for nature and its preservation defines her personality and this, Julia hopes, is transcended through her artistic creations. She literally works from a blank canvas and allows her thinking and art to progress in lockstep. “I often create with no end state in mind, but simply focus on the feeling I’d hope to evoke. If you do nothing but gaze, smile and meander by, then my work is done”.
Julia is an active member of the Randwick Art Society and an advocate for local artists.
Landscapes – Seascapes –
Watercolour Painting – Acrylic Painting
Heidi Hereth has lived in the Randwick-Coogee area for over 40 years. Graduating from Randwick College of TAFE with a Diploma of Graphic Design in 1971 led to a career as an Art Director and freelance graphic designer. In 1981 she started teaching graphic design at Randwick College of TAFE on a part-time basis. From 1993 she taught full-time at the Enmore Design Centre till her retirement in 2011. Heidi became an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of NSW in 1980 and has participated in their exhibitions since that time. She has also had many solo exhibitions and her work is represented in private collections in Paris, Germany, England Thailand and Australia. Throughout her life Heidi has pursued her passion for the sea and the beach, drawing and painting its many moods in watercolour both above and below the surface. Coogee Beach has become her studio, where she sketches the sunbathers and produces plein-air paintings predominantly in watercolour and also in acrylic.
Asian Style Paintings – Landscapes –
Oil Painting – Acrylic Painting – Pastels
Shirley Hughes – excelled in art at school. She later attended classes at Waverley-Woollahra Art School and Studio 70 Vaucluse. Shirley has exhibited widely over the years, including in exhibitions at the CASS Art of Sydney Award, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Maroubra Village Green, Waverley Library, Maroubra Library, Randwick Council Women’s International Day, as well as at Kiama and Blackheath, NSW. Shirley has received a number of awards for her paintings.
Shirley’s painting style is traditional, modern, hard edge and decorative. She works in oils, acrylics and pastels; and specialises in children’s portraiture, beach and garden scenes, flowers, birds, animals and Asian style paintings. Shirley is an original member of Randwick Art Society Inc. She designed the Randwick Art Society’s logo in 2009.
Acrylic Painting –
Photography -- Instillation -- Design
Born and raised in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Eve draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding ocean and parklands. While working as a scientist she has pursued her artistic journey by experimenting with different media types; traditional painting, photography, installation and design, enabling her to use diverse ways to express her vision. Acrylic painting is her favoured media and she uses it to fuse real and imagined landscapes, taking the viewer on a journey to places of inspiration, reflection and meditation. She has exhibited her work at Group art shows, particularly those held by The Randwick Art Society.
Abstracts – Portraits –
Figurative Painting – Acrylic Painting
Maria’s preferred medium is Acrylic however she likes variety and has dabbled in inks, oils and watercolour Maria has exhibited in the all-female group WIPAS at Bondi Pavilion Gallery and as a member of Randwick Art Society in their group exhibitions at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick, Prince Henry Centre Little Bay, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, CASS Art Direct Randwick, and the CASS Annual Exhibition Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Saint Cloche Art Gallery Paddington, Maria has also been a featured artist at a group exhibition at the Ashfield Baptist Homes. Maria joined Randwick Art Society (RAS) in 2014 and was elected as a committee member. She was then elected President of Randwick Art Society in 2017 till 2020 and she continues to be an active committee member to date.
Watercolour Painting – Abstract Expressionism
Living in ‘sub-tropical’ Maroubra, Kurt has painted most of his life and many of his friends have his work hanging on their walls. Trained in the graphic arts, with a solid foundation in drawing and colour knowledge, and working commercially, there were often conflicts and confusion between the graphic commercial work and the freedom of expression in the fine arts. Dappling in many mediums and genres over the years, watercolour has become Kurt’s preferred modus operandi. Initially painting traditionally, capturing the reflections of romantic cities and beautiful seascapes of Sydney beaches. Kurt’s current abstract and expressionist work reflects the world around us, evokes emotions, conversation and encourages viewers to determine their own interpretation.
Figurative Watercolour Painting –
Portraits – Animal Portraits – Caricatures – Sculpture
Nikola Koeppl is a Sydney based, Australian Artist. Graduating from the National Art School in 2004 with a BFA majoring in Sculpture, Niki primarily works as a Watercolourist with a subject matter based on the human form exploring the structure and patterns of the body and expression while mastering the fluidity of watercolours. As a freelance artist, Niki regularly receives work for portrait commissions, teaches adult art classes at her studio in Matraville, is a Disability support teacher through NDIS and TAFE (art tutoring), professionally runs art workshops across various art businesses and has worked as a Sales Consultant for National Art Materials since 2008. Niki has been on the RAS committee since 2016 -22. She has been a recipient of a number of art awards and has exhibited works in several group Art Exhibitions as well as having a successful solo Art Exhibition in 2022.
Landscapes – Seascapes –
Oil Painting – Acrylic Painting – Watercolour –
I am mainly a self-taught artist painting in oils, sometime acrylics and now venturing into watercolours, however I have attended art classes in Canada, with Royal Art Society NSW and Julian Ashton Art School Sydney. For most of my life I have painted (where time allowed). Now retired, I am able to devote more time to my painting passion. By carefully observing nature I enjoy portraying the coastline and beaches of Eastern NSW. I am fascinated with, and moved by, the beauty and diversity of the landscape and enchanted by the sea in all it’s moods.
Oil – Watercolor Painting – Illustrator
Yuko, T is a Japanese Australian Artist, Plein Air Painter and Illustrator.
I am self-taught painter all my life however I learned about Oil painting by local artist in Japan 1993, watercolor painting at WEA 1998 Sydney and drawing, oil painting City East Community College in Sydney 2006. My paintings express impression of color of nature, sun light and neon. Prismatic transition to sky color and nocturnes are my subject last few years. Also I started drawing cartoon from 2021, “Jacky and Sky “series, “Koala in the Dream” series then I also create short story video on you tube and a little books ( 14cm x 21 cm).
First Exhibition was in Sydney on 2011 and in Japan on 2012.
Second Prize Award in Oil Painting International Women’s Day Art Prize 2017 by Randwick Council. Highly Commended Oil Painting by The Juniors Art Club 2021 and First Prize Award Oil Painting by The Juniors Art Club 2022.
Landscapes – Seascapes –
Figurative Painting – Oil Painting
Patricia Reid has always loved Art. She studied art at school. However, upon leaving school, marrying and having four children Art was put on hold until 1968 when she joined South Sydney Juniors Intra Art Club. Patricia has studied with several different Tutors and attended many courses over the years. She has experimented with various mediums and decided that oils is her preferred method. Patricia has also participated in many group exhibitions and has won several awards.
Patricia is a founding member of Randwick Art Society and was an elected President for 3 years from 2010-2012. She was a 2019 committee member and the Public Officer, and in 2020 is an elected committee member and the Public Officer for the Society.
Acrylic– Watercolour– Gouache–Pen & Ink
Marie Widolf is a Sydney-based illustration-artist and writer. With a teaching degree she has taught art at secondary level, in the disabilities field, and at the Junction Neighbourhood Centre, Randwick. A RAS Committee Member since 2015; Marie organises weekly art activities for members at Little Bay, and publishes RAS activities on social media.
Marie works in mixed media and her whimsical illustrations of animals and humans can be found in various publications, and in collections in Australia and overseas. She has held three solo exhibitions featuring her cartoon-character Gertrude – The Gal That Couldn’t Cook.