This month, we welcome one of our regular exhibitors back to the Gallery: Kathleen Bentley.
In the artist's words:
I hadn’t painted little since leaving high school. When I retired to Ulverstone from Kalgoorlie with my husband Max, I felt compelled to paint the richness of the land and sea scapes, and the old buildings of Tasmania all of which I love. I have now been painting for just over five years and while I am largely self-taught, I have enjoyed joining workshops organised by June Wilson, Latrobe pastel artist, and Evelyn Antonysen, Forth watercolour artist.
In 2014 I completed Certificate IV in Visual Arts at Devonport TAFE.
I initially painted with oils and acrylics but then I tried pastels – and I was hooked! My larger land and sea scapes are painted on pastel paper with soft pastels, but I discovered velour about 18 months ago and use both pastels and pastel pencils to paint native and domestic animals. I thoroughly enjoy the medium of velour, it is especially good for creating animals with character.
I have regularly exhibited at ArtTex Ulverstone Rotary, Sheffield’s Gallery Tasmania, Ulverstone’s Gawler Gallery, Latrobe Art & Photography, North West Regional Art Exhibition at Devonport, Mansell TasArt Exhibition at Burnie and Wilmot Art exhibitions, as well as the Sheffield’s Working Art Space, Devonport Gallery and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize in Western Australia
My first solo exhibition in 2014 was at the ArtsCape Gallery in Wynyard and I have continued to exhibit at ArtsCape during subsequent years. I have also had solo exhibitions at the Ulverstone Visitor’s Centre, Gawler Gallery in Ulverstone, Sheffield Working Art Space, Sheffield Gallery Tasmania and Burnie’s 2eleven Gallery.
In 2014 I won First Prize in the Pastel Division of the inaugural Somerset Arts Festival and again, in 2016, I won first prize in the Pastel Division of the Somerset Arts Festival. In 2017 I won the Major Award in the North West Regional Art Exhibition.
I am humbled by the interest shown in my art and gratified that so many people love and buy my paintings. I have a variety of paintings in private collections throughout Europe and the Americas, as well as most Australian states and territories.
I take commissions for both domestic pets and Tasmanian wildlife.
Come in and view these paintings on display in the main Gallery during the month of May. Kathleen will be available for a "Meet the Artist" session on Saturday May 11th at 2-4pm. All welcome!