Learn about some of the artists contributing to Arts On Fire ...

  • Christine Stock
  • Louise Garwood
  • Jenny McCulloch
  • Marilyn Tewson
  • Irene King
  • Odette and Roger Kemp
  • Kathleen and Max Bentley
  • Liz Kincaide
  • Judy Beswick

Christine Earthrowl

Christine Earthrowl photo

The beautiful North-West Tasmania has been my home since August 2010. For the previous 30 years I lived in the Northern Territory – mostly in Darwin followed by a few years outside Batchelor near Litchfield National Park.

Moving to the ‘bush’ near Batchelor was a new experience for me. I loved the native flora and fauna, the sounds of nature and the peace. Coming face-to-face with the intricate and varied barks of the eucalypts with their different patterns and textures gave me a new awareness of my environment. My desire to express this wonder brought watercolour painting into my life 6 years ago. As I lived 115kms from Darwin, I set about acquiring books, magazines and materials! This was a challenge but also a creative and interesting journey which I continue to pursue.

I have already fallen in love with the Tasmanian gums and their peeling bark and many other trees and flowers – not to mention the seasons and the colours and the mountains and the sea! So much to see and explore it is almost overwhelming!

My hope is that my wonder and awe of nature’s beauty can be expressed in my paintings and that this in turn will encourage others to notice how incredible the colours and patterns of nature can be.  Painting portraits is something I really enjoy also especially of people I know and care about or admire. I hope to do many more.

In the last few months I have also begun watercolour classes as a way of helping others understand this beautiful medium and offering them a possible way of having time-out from the busyness and pressures of life.

Christine Earthrowl artworks

Janice and Geoff Stanfield

Janice and Geoff Stanfield made their home at Penguin in 2003. They are experienced Artists in Ceramics, Glass Casting, Mosaics, Painting, Screen printing, Sculpture and Textile art.

Previously Jan and Geoff displayed their art in NSW galleries and at exhibitions . They have also exhibited at the Design centre, Launceston, Devonport, Latrobe and the annual Arts on Fire festival in Penguin

Jan and Geoff conduct workshops, on request, in all media at their Penguin Studio.
Contact by phone 64371152

Janice & Geoff Stanfield artwork

Louise Daniels

Louise Daniels photo

My current art practice includes acrylic painting, charcoal drawing and metal sculpture.  I recently combined drawing and sculpture for my solo exhibition Unravelling, which explored in both 2D and 3D the physical representations of women experiencing severe stress.   My wire sculptures of women, literally unravelling, were emphasised in the large charcoal drawings of the same.

In my recent paintings I celebrate the beauty of my local Tasmanian landscape; patchwork hills and country roads; dramatic land formations and the fabulous colours.  My landscapes capture the feel and mood of this countryside I know intimately and have understood since early childhood; rich fertile soils, variety of agriculture and the beauty of the hills, coast and mountain ranges.

Louise Daniels Slice of Forth Painting

Bill Flowers

The journey of a Bill Flowers painting starts with an animal experience in the wild.

"I like to sketch from real life which means I've found myself in same 'interesting' situations.  I've sketched in the rain, in the desert, in the snow, up trees, in the water with alligators, had to wrestle my sketch book from a Tasmanian devil, with one sketch I had a tiger snake strike out and squirt venom across the page, and I even have my own blood in what I now call my 'Extreme Sketch Book' after a python bite.  

With my 'Extreme Sketch Book' always open as I'm painting allowing my imagination to run wild and come up with ideas that tell stories. It is my hope to create art that is a conduit between human culture and the natural world."

Bill Flowers sketching a crocodile

Aukje Boonstra

As many people know I am passionate about re-purposing materials discarded by others. Here are some works from my series 'Treasures from Trash'.

The garments on show are made out of woollen hand knitted little children’s singlets, nylon and cotton crochet tops which I natural dyed and then transformed into these small garments. I used old kimono silk and silk from silk shirts found in op shops, which also were natural dyed. 

Hand stitching was applied to put the works together and vintage buttons and found objects used as embellishments. The garments on show could be worn but are really meant to be art works.

Aukje Boonstra Fashion - Treasure from Trash

Krystal Clancy Photo

Krystal Clancy

My work is largely inspired by the some of the quietest, unseen residents of our world. I work to combine both different forms of life, with different stages of life to create surreal versions of the amazing things I encounter in reality; the stranger the better! I’ll mix both dark and light themes, which can result in a whimsical or ominous tone, or both! I like to include some of Tasmania and Australia’s treasures whenever possible.

Illustrating and storytelling is how I spend all my days, ever since developing basic motor skills! I seek to employ a balanced range of media, both traditional and digital, and I enjoy the challenge that comes with learning to master them.

My aim is to create and share what I love and never lose the sense of fun that accompanies it. I hope I can spark some curiosity and a smile for all who view it.

Krystal Clancy artworks

June Hope Photo

June Hope

Textiles, colour and creativity have been part of June’s life since she can remember.  A tree-change from Melbourne to Tasmania  in 2007 afforded her a new, more creative lifestyle from which to explore the medium of feltmaking.

Today she blends life’s experiences with fibre, craft and art with the ancient and mysterious process of felting, always with an emphasis on the beauty and synergy of colour.  

Using luxurious natural fibres like silk, alpaca and merino in a fabulous fusion of felted fabrics June creates distinctive and original elegant wearable art
June has been exhibited in galleries in Tasmania and her work can be found in galleries and boutiques around Australia.
June regularly runs felting workshops and has a website at junehope.com.au

June Hope Fashions photo

Evelyn Antonysen 

You can never be quite sure what art Evelyn will have on display as she is constantly exploring new media and ideas. There will definitely be some watercolours, framed and unframed. Silk works will be more prominent this year including silk scarves, and beautiful jewellery, each piece featuring a hand painted unique silk painting.

The pretty dichroic, kiln formed glass is popular but more unusual in her 'glass-wear" is her unique "cocoon'  range which contrasts polymer clay with the dichroic "bling".  Also unique handpainted Tasmanian Moods on Glass pendants and brooches : original miniature watercolours painted in a specially sourced water based glass paint and kiln fired into the glass.

A self confessed art addict Evelyn is a prolific painter but, when you purchase one of Evelyn's works you have a one-off original.  Read Evelyn's blog at evantart.wordpress.com

Evelyn Antonysen Artworks

Adrienne Krist photo

Adrienne Krist

I have been crocheting for pleasure and profit for over many years after being shown the basics of crochet by my aunt when I was in primary school. (She told me I was useless and would never get it right).
During the 60s and 70s I made sample garments for shop windows, countless bikinis and tops, children’s clothing, lace curtains, afghans, overcoats, trouser suits, and more. After moving to Tassie I was commissioned to make one off garments, from pictures and drawings, which were sold in the USA.

These days I enjoy crochet just as much as I did way back when, and a day without doing something with a crochet hook and yarn is rare. I make at least 6 afghans each year, children’s clothing, one-off character dolls, amigurumi creatures, fruit & vegetables, cake, sandwiches, tea sets, boxes of chocolates etc all with crochet. 

My favourite creations must be handbags with many and varied fancy and plain yarn combinations, head gear like berets, hats, and flowers. When travelling, I usually make small amigurumi creatures which are sometimes added to handbags or given away to small inquisitive children. Friends hand over small left over ends of yarn for inclusion in my projects.
I hope you will come to realise the pleasure of crochet.
Live to learn, Love to crochet, Laugh at your detractors

Lee Cole photo

Lee Cole : Basketmaker

As perhaps the oldest craft practised by man, I find basketry to be stimulating and addictive, as well as relaxing.  It allows me to collect, to create, to communicate and to continue 7 generations of family tradition.  A wealth of material is available on the beach, in the bush as well as in, and beyond my own garden.  These resources provide me with the opportunity to continue a family tradition which has been in existence for at least seven generations creating decorative and functional pieces.

I particularly enjoy creating sculptural works from found materials and functional works using more traditional skills and designs, often using non-traditional materials.  As a teacher I am also engaged in sharing my passion and skills with  others through Basketmakers of Tasmania – workshops and gatherings and on a National level most recently in Canberra at the National Gathering.

Lee Cole Basketmaker