About the Artist
Drawing and painting has always been an important part of Pauline’s life. She grew up in Victoria and later became a secondary arts and crafts teacher, teaching in East Gippsland, loving her life on the Gippsland lakes and sketching the dreamy landscapes.
On her return to Melbourne she was accepted into the Gallery School at that time headed by John Brack. When she returned to teaching she changed to Primary art teaching, enjoying working with young children and their freedom of expression.
She and her husband worked around Australia, doing all sorts of jobs. Living and working in the Northern Territory and later the Pilbara gave her a love of the northwest landscape.
After moving to Perth with a young family, there was little time for painting.
Later, in Perth, she followed a long- held desire, and studied ceramics. As a potter she worked for many years with Guildford Village Potters and teaching part-time. Painting was restricted to holidays.
A year in Canada introduced her to watercolours and she returned a committed watercolourist, finding it a fresh and delightful medium. She became a member of the watercolour Society of Western Australia and never looked back, enjoying the companionship and support. She exhibits with them regularly and her work is in many private collections.
She regularly paints “plein air” both at home in the Perth hills,and when on travel. Her studio paintings are sourced from these, sketches and photographs taken. Some of the areas she particularly loves are the south coast and the rocks of the eastern wheatbelt. But she also enjoys painting portraits from life.
A Corner in Venice
55cm x 75cm – Framed
I am drawn always to painting water and reflections. In Venice these dominate and it is hard to paint a painting that has not been painted a thousand times before. The magic is everywhere. I was fascinated with the reflections of the buildings and these two work boats.
28cm x 45cm – Unframed
This was painted from life in a 3 hour pose. I love the challenge of painting portraits and I strive to find something of the character or emotions of my sitter, rather than just their external appearance. Often guesswork!
50cm x 41cm – Matted & Unframed
I was sitting, painting this on the wharf at Fremantle. The wharf was empty at the time. Next time I looked up the Leeuwin sailed into its berth in front of me.
I realised that I was going to be there a lot longer then, but how wonderful! I completed the last bits at home.
66cm x 48cm – Framed
I am constantly in wonder at the beauty of our southwest coast, I love to paint it in all its moods. This painting is looking down on the rocks at Nanarup beach. I love the wild, untamed coast and had to paint it.
Old Dalgety Building, Fremantle
51cm x 33cm – Unframed
One of the lovely old buildings in Fremantle. One of the pleasures of painting plein air is the people who come to talk to you and tell you their stories about the old buildings that you are painting.
Water Waiting to Fall
50cm x 36cm – Framed
One of my favourite places is the National Park Falls at John Forrest National Park. There is so much for me to paint there. This was at the top of the falls on a lovely day and the colours were amazing.