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Currently tutoring in: Fine Line Drawing and Botanical Art
Having spent many years as a registered nurse with 8 years of study, Rhonda decided that her retirement also demanded 8 years of study. At the age of 52 she gave up her PhD studies when she realized that she would rather be painting, a hobby she had prior to academic studies.
Thus started 8 years of studying painting. Having already painted in oils the expectation was, until being introduced to watercolour, that she would continue with this medium. Watercolour was captivating, challenging and frustrating especially when she branched out from her teacher (Corrine Thompson) to learn from Victoria’s watercolour teachers.
Getting rid of detail was impossible. Fortunately, quite by chance, Rhonda heard Jenny Phillips talking on the radio about the importance of detail in botanical art. Shortly after she met with Jenny and accepted into the advanced beginners class. Since that time (1996) has developed the skills to represent fruit and flowers so that she could successfully exhibit in many exhibitions.
She has been represented in the Art of Botanical Illustration since 2000, in exhibitions at Villa Mulberry, South Yarra (including group of 6 Botanical Artists ; Woodbine Art Gallery , Malmsbury , Victoria ; The Mill Art Exhibition, Malmsbury; International Nurses Day, Operation Art Exhibition, North Melbourne; Ballan Art Show (2005, 2006). She has also been selected as a Finalist in the Australian Artist Magazine Challenge (Still Life and Florals, 2005). Other awards include a Highly Commended Award (2005, Ballan Art Exhibition) and the Judges Award for Best Painting in the Show (2006).
Rhonda enjoys sharing the skills she has learnt with others who have a desire to paint and draw detail.
Read more about Rhonda on her Volunteering Voices page.