Lynda is a member of the Pastel Society of Victoria, a former member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, has served as a member of the Shire of Mitchell Arts Advisory Committee, is a life member of Seymour & District Art Society, and a member of Heathcote Artists Inc. As well as being involved in numerous art organisations and having several articles and demonstrations of her pastel technique published in four art magazines, Lynda was extremely humbled to receive an Australia Day Award in 2006 for ‘services to art’ from the Shire of Mitchell.
Ben Winspear is a Melbourne based artist who works in both oil and watercolour.
His work encapsulates a wide range of subject matter; anything that inspires him at the time. His painting often runs the full spectrum from purely representational through to abstraction – as he seeks to develop a synthesis of both in his own unique and personal visual language to describe the world around him.
My father was a professional photographer so I have been surrounded by photography all of my life. I also studied photography at college in the mid 80’s, in those days it was all film and darkroom produced prints. I was trained in the technical side of lighting, taking the shot and seeing it through the developing and printing stages. I remember many sessions in the home darkroom with Dad, helping with the processing of whatever job he was working on, weddings, studio shots or copy work.
After completing a PhD in engineering Chris worked in research for the Australian defence department for 20 years before a workplace injury. Chris’s rehabilitation eventually led him to take up sculpting as a way to help settle the tremors that plagued his hands.