President – B.App.Sc Computing
Margaret has 40 years experience working in Information Technology, with the last 20 years working in Healthcare IT managing large support teams and budgets and more recently working in contract management. Margaret has a keen interest in the arts although she is not an artist herself.
John started his apprenticeship at 14 years of age with a furniture manufacturer. After completing his apprenticeship he did a lot of external study with Australian Institute of Management and J. P. Young and associates. John owned his own business before merging his business with a Singaporian owned business. Art is now John’s main hobby and interest.
Kel studied accountancy whilst employed by BHP Steel at Port Kembla. Subsequently was
involved in the management of a small retail business, worked for an accounting firm in Sydney, and then as bookkeeper for an alternative health food business in Brendale. Kel’s final employment gig was as assistant accountant for a Brisbane based property developer.
Dr Kay Kane
Kay studied fine art at Central School of Art and Design, London, and gained her Doctorate in Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art with a work on beauty entitled “The Restoration of Venus”. Kay’s continuing practice embraces portraiture, landscape and still life painting. Her work is held in International collections and she is active in the Australian art world conducting workshops and judging various Art Awards, and was for three years President of the Royal Queensland Art Society.
Dr Christine Kirkegard
Dr Christine Kirkegard is a visual artist and educator. Academic qualifications include Doctor of Philosophy Visual Arts and Master of Creative Arts.
Christine’s extensive experience in education includes Lecturer QCA Griffith University , Founder and Director Arts Academy Ed Qld, HOD Art Departments Qld, Instructor state wide community workshops. Professional involvement embraces art talks, lecturing, judging, and membership of the Qld Art Gallery Foundation and RQAS Brisbane
( past RQAS Vice President and RQAS Fellow).
Now a full time artist Christine has exhibited since the 1980s and been a finalist in many prestigious national award exhibitions including Tattersall’s landscape Prizes and Queensland Regional Galleries Contemporary Art Prizes.
Christine Kirkegard Artist
Jessica is proprietor of a Brisbane art school, registered QLD teacher, exhibiting visual artist and macro photographer. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visual Arts) and Bachelor of Secondary Education (Hon. Class 1). She has been teaching adults and children in schools, her art school or through other organisations since 2008. She has curated exhibitions in galleries and exhibits her creative works in numerous exhibitions yearly. Jessica teaches and promotes the development of fine and visual arts based skill sets in Brisbane.
Committee Member – B.Sc, DTA, GradDipEd., B.Ac, PhD.
During his 45-year career, Bill has been a research scientist in the UK, Americas and Australia, a tertiary lecturer, an acupuncturist and a hypnotherapist and a businessman. He was a Queensland government scientist for 17 years in agricultural chemistry, environmental law, innovation and in developing the funding programs for national and international research and commercial outcomes. In the last decade Bill has tried to become a landscape and portrait artist and is finally improving his live-drawing skills.
Meredith was born in the Northern Territory of Australia then moved around to many N.S.W Country towns. Cootamundra, Bathurst, Lismore. An idyllic childhood spent roaming around exploring with the neighbouring kids. Studied Applied Science at the University of Technology, Sydney; Ten years of exciting city life. From Sydney to Hong Kong for two and a half fantastic years. Explored Europe, Asia, America and Canada. Meredith now resides in sunny Queensland.
Meredith uses oil paint, using the Alla Prima technique. Landscapes are her specialty. Meredith was mentored by John Wilson, Colley Whisson, Glenda Charles, Jill Barker and Marcel Desbiens.
Meredith is an award winning Australian artist who has exhibited in many exhibitions. In 2016 Meredith exhibited 30 paintings of the ‘Brisbane River’ at Petrie Terrace Gallery. In 2018 her Solo ‘Sublime Landscapes’ exhibited 85 paintings in The Lockyer Valley Regional Gallery.
Rochelle Lindquist is a Brisbane based artist, curator and writer. Her background in Art history combined with her interest in grassroots artist collectives including the Brisbane Collective and The Primary Arcade converges in an ecliptic career ranging from writing for up and coming arts publications to pop-up shows in London and groups shows in the Brisbane Street Art Festival and Yonder Festival. Rochelle travelled to Venice last year where she was completing field research on Titian In Situ and writing about the Venice Biennale, she is a regular participant in local gallery events and art fairs with a focus on maintaining an on-going commitment to and involvement with the emerging artistic landscape of Brisbane.
Vashti graduated in 2011 from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine arts majoring in Art Theory / Jewellery & Small Objects.
Vashti has over 15 years experience as a private tutor delivering workshops at festivals, school groups & the general public, teaching a variety of subjects including feltmaking, drawing, book binding and general creative skills. Her interest in public art has lead to her involvement in the Woodford Folk Federation Festival, the Brisbane City Council installation My Own Private Neon Oasis by Choi Jeong Hwa, and the Royal Queensland Art Society.
Vashti’s personal creative projects usually focus on the natural environment & the human journey and so lots of found objects making their way into her eclectic styled creations.