Showcasing a selection of RAS members’ work.
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Landscapes – Watercolour Painting:
Rick Bardsley-Smith – 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.
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.
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.
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”.
Between juggling a busy career in the health field and raising four children, Maria has always kept a sketchbook with her and managed to fit in drawing in her spare time She retired from work in 2017 and has been able to take her art more seriously Maria is mainly self-taught and she has completed short courses at the National Art School, Waverley-Woollahra Art School and WEA.
Her preferred medium is Acrylic however she likes variety and has dabbled in inks, oils and watercolour Maria has exhibited her work in a number of group exhibitions, including as a member of 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. Maria has also been a featured artist at a group exhibition at the Ashfield Baptist Homes. In 2015, Maria donated three paintings, which sold at auction in a fund raising event for victims of the earthquake in Nepal. In April 2016, Maria donated a painting in The Breakthrough Art Festival for a Cancer Council fundraising event at Ambush Art Gallery.
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.
Oil Painting - Landscapes