Welcome to Barbra Elvin Art:
It's great to have the chance to share with you about my journey in Art.
In these pages you can see my most recent works as well as just some of my earlier ones.
Briefly – I have lived in Cleveland, Queensland since 1996 after moving here from Lake Macquarie near Newcastle N.S.W.
I trained at the Newcastle Art School and gained my Diploma of Art and Post-Graduate Degree in Painting there in the early '80's having previously been a Graphic Artist working with local Newspapers and Advertising Agencies.
I paint in a variety of mediums, acrylics, oils and pastels and use the landscape to draw inspiration from for my spiritually influenced works. For the past few years I have concentrated on Series Works about my life's journey – this really started when I commenced some paintings about my childhood which I entitled "My Father is the Gardener". The latest paintings I have been working on for about two years I have called "Landscapes of Spiritual Journeying"
I hope you enjoy looking through my website and I would invite you to send me some feedback about my work.
For enquiries about purchasing works, please see my details on the contact page and availability and price details are to be found under the photos of paintings in the gallery.
Barbra Elvin Art Exhibitions and News
Recently I held in late August a Workshop entitled "Inspiration - Matisse" at the Yurara Art Studios near Cleveland, in the Redlands, Qld. 12 people attended and did lots of Working Drawings on the first Saturday inspired by the very interesting set-up with a model clothed in Arabian style (similar to those portrayed in Matisse's works) and posed reclining amongst many colourful cushions, drapes and fernery etc. A still life of flowers and fruit was also included in the setting and this all gave the participants many aspects and compositions to work from in the coming weeks. People were encouraged to photograph from various angles and then later a painting was commenced and some people finished this off the following Saturday. The use of much colour and line and negative space areas with lots of design (in the Matisse manner) was encouraged.
If anyone is interested in holding a similar Workshop with a group you are involved with, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a look at the photos included here.