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Karen Collins

A Time to Reflect
by Karen Collins
Oil on Canvas $800
Golden Plains by Karen CollinsOil on Canvas $1500

As a keen hiker, I have been able to study more remote areas and translate them in oil paint. I hope to provide those who are unable to experience these beautiful vistas first hand a taste of the serenity experienced whilst in these areas. With the fast progression of global warming I fear these beautiful areas and the wildlife that lives within, will significantly change during my lifetime. My mission is to leave painted images of our world pre-climate change to remind mankind of their careless neglect.


Born and bred in Brisbane, I have also lived in London, Sydney and Melbourne. Whenever I am travelling overseas, I feel the pull of my beautiful Australia and am always grateful to be living in such a wonderful city and country!


When I’m not painting, I run ART ST ( @artstbrisbane), an online art gallery that helps to promote Brisbane’s Emerging Artists and their art.



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Ph: 0413 852 774

Salon des Refusés 2021 – Selections

Congratulations to all the artists selected in the 2021 Salon des Refusés, run in conjunction with the Brisbane Portrait Prize.

Exhibition on show at Petrie Terrace Gallery from Thursday 7th October – Sunday 31st October 2021

Click here for more information or to book into one of our upcoming events.

Waiting Alan Hanson
Vecinito II Alan Morrison
Stepping Into The Light Alisa Newey
The Green Woman (Self Portrait) Anne-Louise Ciel
Mother & Child (Natalie and Arian) Benitta Harding
Brett ‘Maverick’ Wood Bianca Hines
Damien in Black, Yellow and Red Cameron Seymour
Minnie Carla Petrie
Wrapped in Plastic Charlotte England
Ephemeral Friend Charlton Groves
Evening Tide Clare Cowley
The Optimist Dita Angeles
The Good Girl- Jenevieve Chang Elizabeth Barden
The Leap Garry Dolan
No Judging (Me and My Curlew Gang) Genevieve Memory
Holding Ground – A Self Portrait Georges Soler
Selfie of an Unfinished Vision Hillary Wall
Equalibran Hugh Edwards
The Owl Huon Kane
Lockdown Jamie Congdon
Phillip Piperides Janice Pryde
Chamber of Introspection Jarad Danby
Portrait of a Bookseller Judith Sinnamon
The Owl of Minerva Flies at Dusk Kay Kane
Young Man Leena Kankkunen
Pink Lady – Sweet and Sour Leesl Ross
A Bronze Weapon Smelling of Honey (after Kate Llewellyn) Louise Tate
We All Have Wings Luella Price
Jessica Lynne Day
Nathaniel- A Portrait of the Artist’s Son Margaret Van Maanen
Ray Williams Director Jungle Love Festival Maureen Hansen
Grumpy Pants Melanie Kienzle
Eric Scott Min Jia (Johnny) Huang
Jim Nick Kohler
Sixth Avenue Olivia Dean-Jones
Spell, Spelt, SPELD Paula Kos
An Ordinary Australian Peter Fung
Self Portrait Peter Hubbard
Flaneur Purple Chang
Luigi Casagrande Qi Liu
A Quintessential Brisban-ite Sangeeta Mahajan
Shona and Kiong Sean Zhuang
Portrait of Steve Heath #3 Stephanie Heyneke
The Rock Star Stephen Tiernan
Our Di Susan Trimble
Dawson River Woman Teila Watson
Troubled Heart Vanessa Allegra
Big Johnny Zaide Harker

Robyn Moon

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What began as a hobby instantly became a passion that has evolved despite life’s winding path over the past 25 years. Robyn has settled in the Noosa Hinterland after living in Launceston, Melbourne & Asia,

and now has more time to paint.

Mastering the technical skills and understanding the process of producing works in realism like Old Masters, is her ongoing mission. Robyn also believes evoking feeling in the viewer, and telling a story is

just as important as striving to be a good painter. Inspiration comes from life, both in human-kind & nature.

Robyn has continued to study with a variety of teachers in many corners of the globe, particularly in fine art. Over the last few years she has studied honing Old Masters Portraiture oil painting techniques,

particularly of Bouguereau & Carravaggio, with a mentor in Europe online. More detail about her journey is on her website, <>.

Robyn has incorporated some of these skills in more contemporary portraits, and plans to work more on this area. Alongside her realist works, Robyn dabbles with looser styles in pastels, acrylics & pencil

drawings, and in landscapes as well. Her works are inspired by her own photography and former Masters.

Robyn’s work & studio will be on display at the ‘2021 Noosa Open Studios’ in October.

Sharon Beckett


Sharon Beckett – Artist


Instagram – @sharonbeckett_art


Sharon is an interdisciplinary artist, whose most recent work is founded on a drawing practice which sees her traverse from expansive Australian landscapes to redolent portraiture.


A career educator, Sharon’s chosen mediums of paper and pencil or canvas and oil, may seem logical. Divergently, she views herself as a lifelong learner, engaging a process of application, distance, assessment and reimagining. Admitting her developed method was not designed or even efficient but is steeped in enjoyment and satisfaction.


Inspired by constant observation of her surroundings and intrigued by the diversity of people, Sharon’s exploration of shape, line, colour and tone, often reveals to the audience a shared sentiment or personal quality.


Sharon is a current member and exhibiter at the Royal Queensland Art Society.

Glen Gillard

After six years Army service, including postings to Malaya and Vietnam, [ 1962 – 1968 ] Glen began life as an artist. That of course meant much trial and error and disappointment, and getting to know the reality of what it means to be an artist. But an artist, it seems, he was meant to be. Childhood memories are full of days painting and drawing.

Art lessons, art books, art contests, art groups and exhibitions became the focus of life and a new world opened up.

That world is still opening up, so many decades down the track, and is still full of learning and wonder. The expression, “Painting is an old man’s [ and woman’s] game” says it all, although Glen would dispute he is old !! He is always surprised and a bit amused when people ask, ‘Are you still painting?” It’s a bit like asking “Are you still alive?”

He has lost count of the number of art contests he has won, and solo exhibitions held. His portrait of wife Verna was selected for the Doug Moran contest in 1990. His self portrait entered in the Brisbane Portrait Prize in 2020 was selected for the Salon de refuse. He has painted more than a dozen public murals dealing with Queensland’s history – see Bowen murals and Clermont Railway murals – and had two sketch books published, dealing with the Queensland Gem Fields.

A feature of much of those engaged in the Arts, be that singing, dancing, acting, painting etc. is one of teaching. Glen taught privately for many years, and conducted workshops for various Art groups in Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane Branch, serving on the committee on a number of occasions.

“ Earth’s crammed with Heaven, and every common bush afire with God&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;.” This is one of Glen’s favourite quotes, part of a poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It suggests of course, that there is goodness and beauty everywhere, and that’s where Glen finds subject matter for his paintings – portraits, landscapes, seascapes, buildings, and flowers, a never ending source of inspiration. He is comfortable using oils, watercolour, pastel and various drawing materials.

Glen Gante

Overwatch - Crow looks on
Bees, Waterlily, Seychelles, Glen Gante, Mister G Photography, Op Slipper, Vibrant life, nature, bucketlist

Glen Gante is Australian Navy Veteran and highly creative photographer creating emotive and inspirational imagery. Glen is available for commissioned appointments and workshop presentations. He was named an exhibition Finalist in the 2021 Clayton Utz Art Award for his image “Go at your own pace”

Past Roles

2004 – 2015   Communications and Information Systems Specialist, Royal Australian Navy

2011 – 2012    Events Photographer – Australian Services Rugby Union and Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union

2010 – Present Freelance Photographer- specialising in events, corporate, fashion and commercial industries.


Current Positions

Owner/Photographer – Mister G Photography –

Owner/Photographer – Studio Gante – Funeral and Memorial Photography


2020 Photography Basics and Beyond – Michigan State University
Various Industry workshops both domestically and internationally


Selected Exhibitions – Group

2021  Clayton Utz Art Awards 2021 – Lethbridge Gallery – Exhibition Finalist

2021  Art Burst 2021 – Kenmore Uniting Church – Exhibiting Artist
2021  Light and Dark – 42for42 – RQAS Petrie Terrace – Veterans Art Exhibiting Artist

2020  Nudes on Tap Showcase – TAP Gallery Sydney in conjunction with

2020  The Flash Group Show, TAP Gallery Sydney – Exhibiting Artist

2019  Tap Salon Show, TAP Gallery Sydney  – Exhibiting Artist

2019  VeteransArt 2019 – Exhibiting Artist

2018  Ovation, RAW Artists – Exhibiting Artist


Publications and Printed Works

2020  ‘Nymph’ – VX Magazine

2019  ‘Instant Blue Love’ – NSFW Magazine

2018  ‘Things that go bump’ – McGlory Fashion Magazine

2018  ‘Catsuit Ninja’ – McGlory Fashion Magazine

2018  ‘Wild things series’ – 2NV Magazine

2017  ‘Twisted Love’ – MIMIC Magazine

2016  ‘Captivating Curves’ – Sheeba Magazine

2016  ‘ Glamourous Pixels’ – Sheeba Magazine

2016  ‘Summer Love’ – Sheeba Magazine

2016  ‘Water Nymph’ – Sheeba Magazine

2016  ‘Kitty Cat Seduction’ – Sheeba Magazine

2016  ‘Poison Ivy Inked’ – Sheeba Magazine

2016  Published Photographer –  Sydney Photographers 2016 Book

2015  Published Photographer –  Sydney Photographers 2015 Book

Selina McPhee


Selina McPhee recently moved back to Australia after spending many years in Germany, painting and loving life there. Her work is charismatic with a thoughtful and sometimes comical twist to some of her paintings.

She works mainly with acrylics on canvas and has concentrated on a figurative style for many years before turning to abstract pieces in her later career. She also loves to paint on recycled wood pieces and you will see these at the Red Poppy Art Collective in Redcliffe.

She has already presented her works internationally and has a growing fan base.

She is based in Scarborough in the north of Brisbane.

Zheng (Leo) Liu

Title: Clouds and Mist
Media: Acrylic on Canvas
Size:	120cm x 150cm
Price: $7,200.00
Title: When to come back
Media: Acrylic on Canvas
Size:	120cm x 150cm
Price: $7,200.00
Title: Straw Rain Cape
Media: Acrylic on Canvas
Size:	120cm x 150cm
Price: $7,200.00

An artist sees the world in a different way from the ordinary people. While the latter tend to focus on the plot and logic, the former fixes his eyes more on color, light and shadow. It is normal, though not in an absolute sense. As a result, a common landscape may, through the lens of an artist, appears dynamic, attractive and mysterious.

What I admire is an aesthetics of minimalism, which is more a philosophy than an aesthetic taste. To extract what can touch our heartstring from the complex visual images and restore the world to simplicity are what I am pursuing. For painting, detailed portrait resembles a drama, bustled with activities; and simple depicting is like a single song, unfolding its charm independently.

The boundless sea and vast sky, in my eyes, are sending a message of freedom. Proceeding from this enlightenment, what an artist pursues is not to imitate what he has seen, but to recreate a landscape with his inspiration. That is why all his attention is directed to his works. The pleasure of imitation of the image is meaningless for him now, and only the aesthetic enjoyment of applying his genius can satisfy him. In this stage, an artist has transcended the representation and reached the depth of spirit. The so-called drawing nature consists in nowhere but the subtle materialization of an artist’s concepts and ideas. A free command and application of his genius is what helps an artist enjoy more freedom than a photographer.

A poetic mood oriented from “unpredictable”, supramundane and spiritual.

The beauty of music lies in its flowing and intangible nature. To musicalize a painting, an abstract beauty should be refined from the representation. As melody and rhythm constitute the beauty of music, the ingenious combination of light and color adds a musical charm to a painting.

A painting appeals to me is not in the style of mountain-shaking power but of ride-the-wind leisure.



2019     14th Curitiba International Biennial, Curitiba, Brazil

2018     Wave-rider – Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Zheng (Leo) Liu, 798 XYZ Gallery, Beijing, China

2016     Color Symbiosis – Chinese Contemporary Artists Exchange Exhibition, National Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica

2015     Oriental Beauty – Exhibition of Contemporary Works by Chinese Artists, Providence Cultural Center, San Diego, Chile

2014     Advance Bravely – “Horse”, Chinese Contemporary Culture and Arts Exhibition, Beijing, China

2013     WE:1994-2013—The 20th Anniversary Collective Exhibition of the Artists in Songzhuang China, Songzhuang Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China

2009     Virtual + Superficies Four Artists’ Exhibition, China Space Gallery, Beijing, China

2008     Limited Distance, LDX Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China

2008     Icon of Asia, EM arts Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2008     2nd China Today, Canvas International Art Gallery, Amstelveen, Holland

2007     ShContemporary 2007, Shanghai, China

2007     Urban Space-The Solo Exhibition of Zheng (Leo) Liu, M Gallery, Beijing, China

2007     Contemporary Art Show, Songzhuang Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China

2007     Beijing Udumbara Flower Gallery Invitation Show, Beijing Udumbara Flower Gallery, Beijing, China

2006     Beijing Soemo Fine Arts Gallery Unveiling Show, Beijing Soemo Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China

2006     Beijing Dongcheng District Art Center 1st Oil-painting Show, Beijing Dongcheng District Art Center, Beijing, China

2006     Beijing Times Gallery 1st Contemporary Art Top-pick Show, Beijing Times Gallery, Beijing, China

Winners – Art of Imagination

Congratulations to the winners from the Art of Imagination.

Judged by Patrick Jones.

Fellow Recognition Award judged by Greg de Silva.

First Prize


by Scott Breton

Oil on Panel


Beautiful art from Scott. Apart from virtuoso technique the painting has a grand scale to it and is filled with mystery and wonder; key ingredients for intriguing works of the imagination, also Scott shows he’s not afraid to paint hands—elegant ones at that.

Second Prize

Goddess of My Lake Emerging

by Glenise Clelland



Stunning stuff from Glenise. I loved this from the moment I saw it. The sense of wonder and the beautiful harmonies of colour make this a timeless piece of art. Just beautiful.

Third Prize

Reflecting on Life

by William Richardson



A wonderful sculpture from William. The imaginative flow of the forms coming off the smooth skull and the alien markings are a beautiful thing to see. The leather surface adds to the mysterious sense of a lost artefact from some ancient time.

Highly Commended


by Joanne Brooker

Acrylic on Paper


Lovely work from Joanne, which has a wicked sense of humour to it. It was a toss up between this one and her other work on show, but the cats won the day. 

Feel Free to Touch Me

by Anna Gonzalez

Mixed Media-Diorama


I smile every time I see this one from Anna. The sense of stop-motion and the sheer joy of it is fabulous. The interactive nature is also a great gift from the artist to the art lover.

Gaiya – Devil Dingo

by Wilna Ten-Cate

Mixed (Ink, Graphite, Gold Leaf)


Intriguing work from Wilna. The confident use of space and sparse line make this a piece of art that will never grow old. The gold leaf is a perfect final touch.

Medusa Sightings

by Geoff Treagus



Excellent and unique work from Geoff. The consistent jerky flow of the paint gives the impression of an artist totally immersed in their craft. This art has great personality and I love the curious snake eyes.

Fellows Recognition Award

Judged by Greg deSilva

If I Had Wings

by Lesley Shelley

Oil on Linen


A lovely painting using warm tones except for the blue of the girls eyes. The butterfly’s add to the mystery of the title and being able to fly. Even the little mouse on the girls shoulder has sprouted its own wings and could take off at any moment. The umbrella also has that ‘Mary Poppins’ charm, so the girl could also fly, if the magic is right. The work radiates charm.

People’s Choice

The Navigators

by Robbie Erskine

Oil on Panel

Mark Andrews

Outback at Dusk
Bushfires at Dusk

Mark Andrews

Born in Hobart, Tasmania (1968)

Mark studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of New South Wales (UNSW), College of Fine Art (formerly City Art Institute). He also completed a Diploma of Art (Painting Prize Distinction) at Hornsby TAFE in Sydney – studying under Peter Godwin, Valerie Olsen and Bela Ivanyi (Painting, Drawing and Photography). He attended Sculpture classes at Meadowbank, Sydney and studied “Life Drawing” at the Brisbane Institute of Art in Queensland.

Mark has and continues to, travel extensively throughout the world (until Covid-19); including the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as all States and Territories of Australia – attending exhibitions of as many Art Galleries and Museums as possible. He is a Gallery enthusiast and a keen investor of Art, particularly Aboriginal and Modern Art.

An earlier exhibition held almost a decade ago, “Four Corners of Art” (jointly held in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane), virtually sold out, and he’s continued to produce several Commission works since that event. His works have also featured in several Brisbane Grammar School Art Shows, which show-cases almost 100 visual artists, and includes approximately 600 works each year, making it the largest single collection of art for sale by established Queensland artists, in Brisbane.

In 2014, Mark accepted an offer to paint a portrait of close friend, Hugh Jackman in New York, for the Archibald prize. In 2018, he painted a Portrait of Alice Williams – acknowledging her selection in the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team. Last year, Mark painted both a portrait of a prominent Queensland surgeon, Assoc Professor Dr Richard Williams, for the Archibald Prize and also painted “Bushfire Landscape” for the Wynne Prize.

After 30 years in corporate life, Mark returned to his first love, working from his new Art Studio. His 2019 solo Exhibition, “Wanderlust” (Percolator Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane), was well attended and extremely successful. The large body of works, highlighting almost 9 years, was inspired by his love of travelling.

Mark was thrilled to have several pieces purchased by Hugh for their new USA Hampton’s House – including “Hawaii Big Island”, purchased as a ‘thank you gift’ for Keala Settle, for her involvement in his World Tour, “The Man, The Music, The Show”. Mark was honoured to present this in person to Keala, in Brisbane before the final Australian Show. This hangs in her Los Angeles home.

Many commissioned works have followed, and further sales from the website (post the 2019 exhibition), continue to encourage more works. Thanks partly to lockdowns and travel restrictions, Mark used this time to create in excess of 60 new pieces for an upcoming exhibition. In May 2021, he will be displaying these works and others at the Royal Queensland Art Society (Brisbane Branch)’s Petrie Terrace Gallery, for his new “Expressive Therapy” Exhibition.

Marks’ works are represented in corporate and private collections throughout Australia, the UK, USA, Indonesia and Japan.