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Artists

  • Tanya Baily

    Tanya Baily has been painting exclusively in watercolour for over 20 years and works across a range of subject matter including portraits, architecture, and landscape. Her passion is with the medium itself and she continually experiments with techniques, different pigments, and a range of papers and surfaces.

    Tanya has been a finalist in numerous national art prizes, including the Mosman Prize, The John Leslie Prize, The Elaine Birmingham Prize, the Blacktown City Prize, the Lethbridge Small Works Prize and has won the Rex Irwin Award for painting. She regularly displays her work in exhibitions internationally and nationally, including the Australian Watercolour Society’s Annual Exhibitions.

    Tanya Baily was educated at Oxford University and Chelsea School of Art in England, and completed a Masters of painting at COFA, UNSW, in 2011.

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  • Ash Bell

    Ashley is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist, working across film, installation, theatre, sculpture, and painting, with a passion for exploring new and innovative mediums.

    As a high school visual arts teacher, Ashley enjoys working with young artists and says her teaching style “leans towards fun, bright, graphic while keeping kids and teens interested and challenged”.

    Ashley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Majoring in Painting and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) specializing in Visual Arts and TAS from UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA). She also holds two diplomas from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in foundations of filmmaking and story fundamentals.

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  • Ashley Frost

    Ashley Frost is very much a location-driven artist with many of his landscape works developed by painting and drawing outdoors. His teaching style is energetic which focuses on the formalities of drawing, colour theory, tonal values, and brushwork.

    He has worked as an exhibiting artist for over 20 years with four solo shows in New York (2000, 2002, 2004 & 2016), a solo show in Austin, Texas (2016) and group exhibitions in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Guangzhou.

    Recently, in 2018, Ashley won the Hills Art Prize and was a finalist in the Gallipoli Art Prize and the Calleen Art Award. In 2017, he was a finalist in the EMSLA Still Life Prize, the NSW Parliament Plein Art Prize, the Archibald Prize and was the winner of the people’s choice award for the Mosman Art Prize.

    Ashley is a graduate of the National Art School, Australia, receiving his BFA with a Distinction in painting and has travelled widely conducting research for his PhD candidacy on public art.

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  • Carla Hananiah

    Carla is known for her watercolour landscape works that explore a sense of place through movement, light and colour. Her teaching approach is patient and hands-on with reference to other practitioners' works, either historically or contemporarily. Her desire is to bring the best out of her students and see them develop in confidence, both technically and conceptually.

    Carla has exhibited widely around Australia, including a solo show at the Arthouse Gallery, Sydney (2017), regularly exhibits with Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane. She was a finalist in the Fishers Ghost Art Prize (2016) and has won numerous art awards including The Mosman Art Prize Viewer’s Choice Award (2012) and the Hornsby Art Prize (2011).

    Carla has a Master of Fine Art (COFA), Master of Art (COFA), Bachelor of Fine Art (COFA) as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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  • Denise McDonald

    Denise is a potter based in Sydney, who is known for her contemporary ceramic designs which contain a hint of nostalgia.

    Over the years, she has produced several ranges of ceramic tableware that celebrate our unique Australian flora, heritage decorative patterns and motifs, found textures and rich glazes. Her most popular work features a 100-year-old flannel flower pattern sourced from a Federation house in Sydney.

    Denise has been included in various exhibitions and awards over the last decade such as Innercity Clayworkers Gallery, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Royal Easter Show Arts and Crafts, Holmesglen TAFE, Craft NSW.

    Denise likes to take students step-by-step through the challenge of working on the potters' wheel, breaking the complexities down into simple bits. Once established with these basics, she then encourages students to experiment and loosen up on the pottery wheel.

    Denise completed a Diploma of Art (Ceramics) at Holmesglen TAFE (Vic) in 1997 and continues to make ceramic tableware (art for everyday living) as DM Pottery since 2009.

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  • EJ Son

    EJ Son is a Sydney based artist, born in the ‘Good Korea’. Her work ranges from video, installation to ceramics and explores persona and cultural narratives, often referencing Korean proverbs and Aesop’s Fables.

    Since 2015, she has exhibited in over 15 group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions at Alpha Gallery and Dedspace Gallery. She has been a finalist in the Emerging Artist Prize at Gosford Regional Art Gallery (2020), USU Verge Awards (2015) and was a winner at the Women’s Day Art Awards (2015).

    She believes in the therapeutic element that comes with touching clay and focuses on the process of making as well and the results. You will often hear her say ‘Wabi Sabi’ in her classes, meaning ‘perfect imperfection’.

    EJ completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at Sydney College of the Arts in 2018 and now works as a ceramics tutor and technician, and practising artist in Sydney.

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  • Gina Bruce

    Sydney-based artist Gina Bruce works with a variety of media to create the haunting and ethereal images she has become known for. Gina spends time evolving her artworks. She uses observational drawings, shadow and colour studies and line sketches to prepare her compositions ahead of time. However, when she approaches her canvas, it is quick and decisive. Her marks are bold and purposeful, yet the overall effect is elegantly subtle.

    Gina often makes images of places she remembers well, layering additional images on top of each other.She is particularly interested in bushland, the coastline the changing Australian landscape, the built up environment, and the figures within those landscapes. Gina has shown in many art prize exhibitions including the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize and the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, for which she was Highly Commended. She was also the winner of the Waverley Art Prize in 2011. Gina exhibits regularly at Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney.

    For more information on Gina, visit:
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  • Jackson Davies

    Jackson Davies is an oil painter based in Sydney, Australia. Jackson is inspired by the face and the figure, and predominantly works from life to create paintings that are contemplative and emotive, with a depth of mystery.

    He holds a BFA as well as a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation and with a background in conservation, Jackson has great admiration for Old Master techniques and materials.

    Jackson has been a finalist and semi-finalist in esteemed art prizes including the Doug Moran and Mosman Art Prizes, and in 2018 he was awarded Winner of the Northern Beaches Art Prize. Jackson has held residencies in Sweden and Portugal and his work appears in private collections around Australia.

    Jackson enjoys sharing this knowledge and experience with others. His motivation as a teacher is to encourage students to find purpose and enjoyment from creating art.

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  • Jane Guthleben

    Jane Guthleben is an exhibiting artist with a fascination for Dutch still life painting and how to reimagine it in an Australian context.

    Through floral arrangements, studies of birds and flowers, and groupings of ornaments, she aims to build on Dutch traditions with antipodean subject matter. Her recent series of paintings has focused on first European contact with Australia, and the earliest recordings of its flora and fauna. Some of Guthleben’s arrangements are region specific, including flora endemic to certain geographic areas.

    Guthleben has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales. She has been a finalist in numerous prizes recently, including the Archibald Prize, Portia Geach, Mosman Art Prize, Archibald Prize Salon des Refuses and the Ravenswood Art Prize.

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  • Jody Graham

    Jody Graham is a multidisciplinary artist who works across drawing, mixed media, sculpture, performance, and installation. She often uses unconventional tools and approaches when drawing, such as rocks, bones, wire bound to the back of her hand or a bent umbrella. This speaks to her long-nurtured ‘re-use and re-cycle’ ethos widely seen across her practice.

    Graham has been a finalist in major sculpture, painting and drawing awards. Recently, in 2020, this includes the Gosford Art Prize, Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award and the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing. She was also the winner of the GreenWay Art Prize in 2017 and the GreenWay Local Artist Prize in 2020.

    Jody graduated with a Master of Art from UNSW Art & Design Paddington in 2018 and has an Advanced Diploma in Visual Art, WSI, from Nepean Campus (2012). She was educated at the City Art Institute in Paddington.

    For more information on Jody, visit:
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    Photography by Daniel Kukec Photography

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  • Julia Flanagan

    Julia is an artist who works across painting, sculpture, textiles, and drawing. Working in an improvised way, Julia combines colours and patterns to create abstract pieces that are whimsical, quirky and joyful.

    Her fascination with patterns and colour stems from a background in textile making and design, and her interest is in creating a sense of harmony within colour arrangements.

    Julia’s bold designs were featured in a fashion collab Julia Flanagan x Gorman for their Summer 2020 collection.

    Julia was a finalist at the Hazlehurst Art on Paper Award (2019), winner of the Georges River Sculpture Prize (2019) and was highly commended for the small sculpture prize at the GreenWay Art Prize (2018). She has also had various exhibitions around Australia and internationally, including the Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong.

    Julia completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School in 2004 and her Painting Honours in 2005.

    For more information on Julia, visit:
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  • Juliet Holmes à Court

    Juliet Holmes à Court is a Sydney painter who has been exhibiting regularly since 1991. Her work is about capturing the sense or feeling of her subject, and her paintings are often filled with light and movement.

    With classes that are fun and packed with information, Juliet says she “teaches everything that I wished I had been taught when I studied. Good teaching is about giving - and for painting - it involves giving an understanding of the materials, of drawing, of brushstroke and composition and the history of painters that have formed our cultures.”

    She has had 13 solo shows, exhibiting at the Australian Galleries, Sydney and Melbourne, Mosman and Manly Regional Galleries. She has won the Waverley Oil Prize and her work has exhibited in the Archibald, Paddington, Mosman, Mornington Peninsula and Portia Geach Prizes and more.

    Juliet regularly teaches term classes and workshops at Art Est and has lectured at the AGNSW for over 15 years.

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  • Kara Pryor

    Kara has been a ceramicist for over 25 years and is well-known for her quirky animated dogs, mythical creatures, and the extreme detail on her out-of-this-world teapots. More recently, Kara is concentrating on functional hand-built pieces with a combination of glazes and painting designs – along with a few dogs on the side!

    Kara’s work has been in many galleries for sale and exhibition such as Kerrie Lowe, Breathing Colours, Art Est. Art School, NSW Craft, Manly Art Gallery, Saint Cloche and Winkel Gallery. She also regularly exhibits at The Sydney Teapot Show and the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where her teapots have won prizes and have been bought by collectors.

    She obtained her Certificate for Advanced Diploma for Ceramics at Northern Beaches TAFE in 2015 majoring in hand building and creative teapots.

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  • Kate de Kantzow

    Kate de Kantzow has always had a passion for art and studied art and design throughout her education. She currently designs bespoke stationery for boutique homeware stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, NZ and London.

    Kate specialises in wedding stationery and personal stationery and has a wide variety of clients such as Australian Harpers Bazaar, Inside Out magazines, YSL Beaute, Witchery and Croser sparkling wine.

    Kate completed a Certificate in Fashion and Fashion Design at the University of Darwin and a Certificate in Graphic Design at Enmore College of Design. Kate has been teaching at Art Est since we opened in 2008 and loves teaching art to kids during the school holidays.

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  • Laura Carey

    Laura is an Irish artist and printmaker, now living in Sydney. She has been teaching art for over 10 years, both in Ireland and Sydney. Her work focuses on her response to the environments that we live in, using rich layering of culture and the built environment, and depicting the familiar in unfamiliar ways.

    Laura has participated in various exhibitions in Australia, Japan, Ireland and Iceland and a finalist in the GreenWay Art Prize. In recent years, she had solo shows in Sydney at Laneway Projects and the Gallery Lane Cove, along with a Public Art Commission in Lane Cove titled Traffic Signal Box.

    Laura received a BFA with honours from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland, in 2007 and completed her postgraduate studies majoring in printmaking at College of Fine Arts, UNSW, in 2009.

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  • Laura Jade Hindes

    Laura has a varied educational background, holding a Masters in Illumination Design from the University of Technology Sydney, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (National Art School, Sydney) and further studies in biology, science communication, curation and museum studies. Laura is also the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.

    Laura is both a painter, sculptor, illumination artist and interaction designer whose work fuses the multidisciplinary fields of art, biology, illumination design, neuroscience and BCI (brain-computer interface) technology to explore new ways of perceiving and interacting with our inner biological processes.

    Laura has had work presented at major Australian festivals including Vivid, BEAMS and Woodford Folk Festival. She has at institutions across Australia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Museum, the S.A Natural History Museum and the National Archives in Canberra and recently presented a keynote demonstration of her project Brainlight at the ‘Hoy Es Diseno’ (Design of the Future) conference at ICESI University, Cali Colombia in 2015.

    www.laurajade.com.au

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  • Marie Mansfield

    Marie’s work is instinctive and investigative, whether her subject is a landscape, a person or a still life. Her intention is to catch a moment that tells a story or to capture the soul of the subject.

    Under her guidance, students gain practical knowledge by observing tone, proportion, and temperature (colour) to bring atmosphere to their work. She says; “I aim to give students the skills to observe and to give a sense of realism to their paintings”. Her style of teaching is professional and approachable, as well as flexible and respectful of each students' abilities to ensure that learning is fun.

    Marie has been a finalist in numerous major prizes including the Archibald Prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Black Swan Portraiture Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award.

    Marie has a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication, a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting at the National Art School, Sydney, and studied painting at the Julian Ashton Art School.

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  • Matilda Michell

    Matilda Michell combines classical still life oil painting with a contemporary twist. Her work is built on a lifelong love of classical painting where she pursues the fine craftmanship, stillness and exquisite sense of balance created by the classical masters while bringing her own contemporary slant to it.

    Matilda graduated from the National Art School in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in painting. Since graduating, she was the overall winner in the Waterhouse Art Prize and has been a finalist in many other prestigious art awards including the Eutick Memorial Still life Award, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards and the AME Bale Art Prize.

    Matilda also has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Media Arts and Production, and a Bachelor of International Studies from UTS.

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  • Mellissa Read-Devine

    Mellissa is an English artist, who lives in rural Sydney overlooking the Hawkesbury River. Since the 90s, she has continuously studied and practised painting and printmaking, honing her art often inspired by the natural landscape.

    Mellissa’s style is distinctive with her electric palette and layered application of brush strokes. Her paintings have evolved into her own “macropointilist” style celebrating the shape, colour and brushstroke of contemporary impressionism.

    She has been the finalist in many prestigious art prizes including Paddington Art Prize, Stanthorpe Art Prize, Fishers Ghost, Blacktown Art Prize and Hawkesbury Art Prize, and is included in public collections around Australia and USA.

    A Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW and a founding member of the Hawkesbury Artisans Trail, Mellissa continues to work promoting creativity in the local community and works as artist, tutor, and illustrator.

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  • Michael Simms

    Michael Simms is a multi-award winning artist based in Sydney whose work is characterised by dream-like depictions of the human figure. Ranging from traditional portraiture to explorations of identity in the digital age, his diverse paintings and drawings combine elements of classicism, romanticism, surrealism and psychology.

    Michael completed a degree in psychology in his hometown of Adelaide before winning a scholarship for Sydney’s historic Julian Ashton Art School. In 2018, he was awarded the Royal Art Society of NSW Young Artist Prize and the inaugural SBS Portrait Prize. Michael has been a finalist in several major art awards, including the Doug Moran, Black Swan and Kilgour prizes and has put several notable Australians onto canvas such as Thomas Keneally, Liz Ellis, Paul Capsis and Genevieve Lemon.

    He has completed residencies at the New York Academy of Art and The Broken Hill Art Exchange.

    For more information on Michael, visit:
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  • Michelle Hiscock

    Michelle Hiscock trained at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, graduating in 1991. Her early work, of small but powerfully evocative landscapes, was well received by both collectors and critics, and since then she has continued to develop her pictorial language, exploring the traditions of classical landscape from a contemporary perspective.

    Both her practice and her research have informed the lectures and master classes for which she is widely known at the National Art School and the Art Gallery of NSW.

    Michelle has lived in Japan and France and travelled widely in Europe and especially Italy.

    She has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, has been a finalist in several art prizes, and has taken part in group shows around Australia, England and Switzerland. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections.

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  • Monika Diak

    Monika Diak is an artist based in the Blue Mountains who works predominantly in watercolours and illustrations. Her work has appeared in children’s books, on the covers of Sci-Fi Young Adult novels, and in exhibitions across Australia, Japan, Europe and the UK.

    Monika is also the creative behind Moss Dolls, a designer toy brand creating artist editions, illustrations, and zines. It is frequently represented at Comic Con, Supanova, and many underground art events.

    In her drawing classes, Monika “encourages observing from life to gain confidence in ways of seeing” and uses a range of materials so students can get a broad experience with different mediums.

    She has a BFA from the National Art School (majoring in Printmaking) and completed her Honours at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 2020 where she received the Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award.

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  • Rachel Fairfax

    Rachel Fairfax is a figurative painter who also creates drawings and ceramic works. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School, Sydney where she is now a lecturer in painting and drawing.

    She received Reg Richardson Fellowships in both 2003 and 2004 and her work is regularly selected for national prizes. In 2012 she was selected in the Waverley Art Prize for the fifth time and received a Highly Commended award. In 2009 the Sydney Morning Herald named her one of Australia’s 10 leading artists.

    Since 2000, Rachel has participated in over sixty-five group exhibitions and holds solo exhibitions regularly. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including Artbank; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; and St Vincents Hospital.

    Rachel holds a BA (Fine Art) and Honours (Drawing) from the National Art School, Sydney.

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  • Remy Pajaczkowski-Russell

    Ceramics tutor and studio technician Remy Pajaczkowski-Russell works between making production domestic ware and his sculptural practice.

    Remy trained in Sydney at the National Art School majoring in ceramics before moving to France to work in traditional French studio potteries in La Borne.

    Since returning from France, Remy has been working in the ceramic field in a variety of different roles, from artists assistant and studio management to teaching and course designing.

    Currently, Remy primarily works as a production potter, making domestic ware to be used for entertaining and sharing.

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  • Rhonda Pryor

    Working across the disciplines of photography, painting and textile, Rhonda makes artwork with a unique focus on materials.

    As part of her practice, Rhonda teaches creative workshops that stimulate inspiration and embrace imperfection as part of the creative process. She says her teaching style “provides a lot of scope for creative experimentation – under my guidance. Embracing imperfection is an important part of discovering your talents and problem-solving abilities”.

    She has exhibited regularly since 2010 including six solo exhibitions. She has recently been a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize (2019), Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize (2019) and the Blacktown City Art Prize (2018). In 2017, she completed her first public art installation ‘The Way of the River’ on a residential apartment building in Granville and in 2016, she undertook a residency in Japan to study traditional dye techniques and antique textiles.

    Rhonda holds a Master of Fine Arts and Master of Studio Art from Sydney College of the Arts and studied at the Julian Ashton Art School.

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  • Sally Mowbray

    Sally has over 20 years' experience in teaching adult art education, with an emphasis on drawing and painting. When teaching, she likes to combine practical skills with ideas and proposals for where these skills can be taken. Her aim is to allow her students to find their own artistic stride.

    Sally studied Fine Art in London at Camberwell School of Art (Foundation), Chelsea College of Art (Painting BA 1st Class Honours) and at the Royal College of Art (MA Painting). After graduating, Sally was part of the ‘Notcut’ artist-run studio and gallery space in London and was a recipient of the Erasmus visual artists Scholarship in Berlin (1995) and also the prestigious Royal College of Art Cite Des Arts Residency at Paris in 1994.

    She has work in collections in the UK, USA, Switzerland and Australia. Sally has been teaching, painting and developing new work and has had solo exhibitions at Chrissie Cotter Gallery (2020, 2018), group exhibitions at Aro Gallery (2019) and a residency at Whites Creek Studio (2017). She has also been a finalist in the GreenWay Art Prize, Waverley Art Prize and the Glebe Art Prize.

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  • Sam McNair

    Samuel McNair is an Australian illustrator, caricaturist and satirist who is published weekly in the CityHub and intermittently with the South Sydney Herald. His work is renowned for its labyrinth-esque detail and layered wordplay and meaning.

    Sam also conducts specialised cartoon workshops for young artists. Customising his lesson to suit each age group, Sam aims to develop their skills and trigger the imagination of students.

    Younger classes focus on shapes, symbols and expressions, while the older students are given a more in-depth view into design, technique and character.

    Sam is currently completing his Bachelor of Education through UTS.

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  • Serena Geddes

    Serena Geddes is an international children’s book author, illustrator, speaker and all-round creative. With over 50 titles spanning 11 years, her diverse illustration style captures her audience, both young and old, through the use of emotion and humour.

    As a traditional artist, Serena worked for Walt Disney Studios for six years learning the fundamentals of illustration and animation with a group of talented artist on sequels to The Lion King, Peter Pan Return to Neverland, Lady and the Tramp and Jungle Book.

    While she prefers using traditional methods when illustrating books with pencil, ink and watercolours, Serena currently works both traditionally and digitally.

    More recently, Serena has released two of her own author illustrated picture books ‘Rosie and Rasmus’ (2019) and ‘Where the Dragons Live’ (2020). She currently teaches illustration and story-telling classes at Art Est for kids and adults.

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  • Soledad Contardo

    Soledad, known around Art Est as Sol, is a Sydney based ceramic artist. She has lived in several countries around the world which has influenced her creative journey in many ways.

    Trained as a professional photographer and translator, she first started pottery 10 years ago and since then, she has attended different workshops around the world. This encouraged Sol to study a Diploma of Visual Arts in ceramics and today she continues to create her own functional art.

    Sol currently has an Artist’s Residency at Gallery Lane Cove and teaches Pottery, while continuing to explore with different forms of art and crafts.

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  • Susie Murphie

    Susie has been a watercolour artist for 30 years and shares her passion through teaching; skilfully capturing a moment in time with landscape, still life and animal subjects. She is well-known for her energetic and bubbly teaching style.

    Susie says “I teach a loose approach to painting. Very much 'less is more'. I like to have fun in my lessons and do not hold back when someone is not doing the right thing - in the nicest possible way of course! I certainly give lots of praise too. I try to give students confidence in their ability and believe that you only need basic drawing skills with watercolour. If the paint is properly applied, you will end up with a lovely painting”.

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  • Tania Mason

    Tania Mason is a Sydney based artist who graduated from The National Art School in 2001 and is interested in a cross platform of creating art. Tania’s art practice involves a cross-over of many different mediums, charcoal, painting, ink, gouache, paper sculpture and animation.

    She has had been a finalist in many art prizes, which recently includes the Kings School landscape Prize (2020), Calleen Award for Painting, Banyule Award for Works on paper (2019), Waterhouse Natural Science Art Award (2017) and Fisher Ghost Art Award (2017, 2016, 2015). In 2016, Tania was the winner of the Calleen Art Award for Painting and completed an eighteen metre Public Art Commission in Bondi Junction.

    The past 20 years Tania has exhibited widely throughout Paris, Saint Tropez, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Sydney.

    Tania Mason has a Diploma and Degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Conversion at the National Art school in Sydney.

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  • Tanya Bechara

    Tanya has been a clay artist for over 20 years and creates beautiful, unique, and functional art. With an emphasis in sculptural work, Tanya uses a variety of techniques such as wheel forming, hand building, slip casting, and hand-painting. She is inspired by the Australian landscape and wildlife, which influences her more recent works and teachings.

    Her artworks have exhibited in collections across Australia and overseas. She has also won several awards from the annual Sydney Teapot Show, the Sydney Royal Easter Show and has been featured in leading industry magazines such as The Journal of Australian Ceramics.

    Tanya prides herself on creating an enjoyable learning environment because she says practising art is “very much like therapy and should be a soothing activity”.

    Tanya studied Pottery and Ceramics at Hornsby TAFE in NSW.

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  • Jennifer McNamara – Director

    Founder and Director, Jennifer McNamara, has a passion for art that guides her own creative journey. Art has always been her passion, and her etchings were selected for the HSC Art Express. A year living in Japan as an exchange student then took her to study Japanese at Canberra University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts.

    An opportunity to work on a Japanese arts festival in Sydney, “Close Up of Japan 1988” led to a career spanning over 20 years in the arts. She has managed programs for significant events and institutions including the 1988 Biennale of Sydney and the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Toga Theatre Festival Japan, First International Covent Garden Festival London, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Her background in public programs, festivals, business events and marketing, combined with her passion for art has culminated in fulfilling her dream to open an art school.

    Jennifer believes everyone has some artistic ability, and with the right environment and the best teachers, anyone can discover their inner artist. Her desire to inspire an artistic future in people of all ages has led her to establish Art Est., and is guiding the principles under which Art Est. operates.

    Jen is still searching for her work-life balance but loving every minute of Art Est.

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  • Ruben The Art Dog

    Ruben is a bordoodle (Border Collie x Mini Poodle) born in August 2020, near Yass. He occasionally pops into the studios to make sure everything is running smoothly and greets everyone with a friendly (and energetic) HELLO. Ruben is also the muse for our annual WOOF! Art prize, which encourages artist to paint, draw or sculpt their favourite dog. He still has his training wheels on but is an eager learner. You can follow Ruben on his Instagram page.

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  • Pablo The Art Dog

    Pablo, named after Pablo Picasso, is a Cavoodle (Cavalier x Poodle) and art dog at Art Est who sadly passed away in 2020 at 13 years of age.

    We will always have fond memories of him sitting at the top of the ramp greeting everyone, posing for a drawing or taking centre stage at exhibition openings and chasing champagne corks. Pablo also helped Jennifer find our wonderful warehouse in Leichhardt all those years ago – he was only a puppy when they were exploring the local dog parks and stumbled a ‘For Lease’ sign on the gate of Lords road. Pablo was a special dog and will be greatly missed.

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