Anthony’s love for working in wood started at high school. The subject he enjoyed most was Manual Arts and he began learning how to turn his continual flow of artistic ideas into handmade creations. By the age of 20, he had already started collecting timber and had purchased his first lathe.
The years of apprenticeship and work as a diesel fitter, marriage and children, meant that wood working, collecting and milling timber became “squeezed in”, but remained his passion. Many after-hours were spent in the shed creating; and many a day off spent hunting salvaged timber.
Some years ago, Anthony and his family relocated to the Tablelands and he decided to work doing what he loves most, making timber his full-time career. Our own Art Gallery has been the next natural progression in the story. We designed and built the building for this purpose and opened the doors of Artistree Gallery, Yungaburra, on 30th June, 2014.
Wood is a very tactile medium and Anthony takes a lot of care with his finishes so that others can also enjoy the “feel” of timber, as well as the visual created by the natural colours and grains. He takes care in finding beautiful form and shape that will enhance each individual piece. There is always a thrill in stripping back an old weathered bit of wood to expose its natural beauty.
Anthony enjoys all forms of timber art. He turns, carves/sculpts and makes furniture. With every piece he creates –
It is always all about the timber.
Alison lives in a rainforest retreat at Lake Eacham which, as well as visits to South Africa and Kenya, continues to inspire her interest in wildlife and the environment.
Alison now works on capturing the essence of animal and bird behaviour through photography, painting and drawing.
She has provided drawings and paintings of the African antelopes for South African National parks and has exhibited with the Tablelands Regional Art Society and Brisbane Watercolour Society.
Since relocating she returned to her sculptural roots – experimenting with a number of mediums before discovering wire whilst fixing a fence, and the Multi-Awarded Amandadesigned wire sculptures began. Inspired by the animals she shares her rainforest home with, Amanda utilizes salvaged materials where possible, starting with wire of different gauges twisting and turning till it comes to life. If appropriate, she hand decorates them with glass and nylon beads to give them a flash of colour – as with their living inspirations. Every creation is unique, individual and hand-crafted.
“I still remember, as if yesterday, first seeing a potter working on the wheel. I was in awe of the art form and was instantly totally besotted with clay and fire.”
Annette has completed studies for a Certificate III in Studio Ceramics and a Diploma of Visual Arts
Now working full time at her ceramic studio, “Bundarra Pottery“, in Malanda, she creates ceramic art works inspired by the natural environment and colours of the tropical Atherton Tablelands and tropical North Queensland. Annette’s first passion as a ceramic artist is creating sculptures and individually crafted artistic pots. Gifted with a strong sense of design she decorates her work with imaginative and intricate carvings and hand painted motifs. Being trained as a disciplined production potter, Annette continues to present quality hand thrown tableware that is functional, yet her glazes and form create individuality.
She remembers a childhood that was carefree and idyllic, and a beach landscape which has continued to provide inspiration for her sensuous figurative works and light filled contemplative still life pieces.
Antonia studied Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane and then completed a teaching degree.
Since moving to the Tablelands, Antonia has worked as a studio artist and artist’s model and retrained to become a qualified Interior Designer. She’s worked for over twelve years as a colour consultant in the flooring industry. She paints exclusively in pastel. She has held multiple exhibitions of her work on the Tablelands.
Barry is a fitter and turner by trade, working with 316 Stainless Steel and recognised the long-lasting beauty of the product. He then let his creativity run riot and has enjoyed the resulting smiles on ladies faces ever since.
He sold his jewellery at Brisbane Riverside, Valley and Port Douglas Markets for 8 years before moving to the Goldsborough Valley at the bottom of the Gillies and relaxing for a few years.
Now the tools are out again and Artistree Gallery is the sole outlet for his surgical quality stainless steel jewellery.
Bronwyn has worked for most of her 35 year artistic career in Melbourne and now Yungaburra, producing sculptures, sculptured furniture, public functional art and delightful additions to the house and garden to increase the joy of life.
Since childhood Christina enjoyed “making”, getting absorbed in the process of design and construction and feeling the thrill of seeing the finished product. Over many years, she dabbled in different materials and techniques from textiles to metal work to ceramics, studying leadlighting in her native Berlin before moving to Australia in the early 1980’s.
Eventually her fascination with glass took over and led me to establish STUDIO INDIGO as an Art Glass studio in Atherton, in Far North Queensland in 1997.
I taught, undertook commissions and exhibited my work in Darwin, Canberra, Cooktown, Port Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands. My art work is mostly inspired by the beauty of the environment around me – the colours and shapes of the Australian tropics. Over the years, I have extended the range of techniques to include
- Lead lighting
- Tiffany work
- Glass Mosaic
- Slumping and fusing
- Glass bead making
Craig Hoy is an artist and potter who lives in Cairns.
His ceramic works are mostly firey raku, he loves the immediacy of the results, the heat, the flame, smoke, scar, crackle, crack, occasional pop and ‘chance’ of it all.
Craig Hoy continues his investigations of the motif of the horizon. Utilising the Raku firing process he combines his signature bold colour palette with the subtleties of the tropical haze.
His distinctive style of wood design combines functionality, practicality & art. His approach is to transform his unique & contemporary designs into something alive and solid featuring the outstanding range of North QLD and Australian timbers on offer nearby.
“From an early age I have always enjoyed creating ‘good things” with wood and derive equal pleasure from the process of making, as well as completing a piece.”
“Now, after a long career I share my knowledge and skills with enthusiastic young men at a local Boys College in their INTAD (Industrial Technology and Design) department, assisting them as best I can as they discover the joys of creating “good things” from wood.”
From making clothes and bicycle floats for her kids, to painting, screenprinting and fibre arts, Elaine has always been creative. A clay sculpting workshop with Janna Pameijer in 1999, ignited a passion for sculpting.
For many years, clay was her medium of choice and Elaine’s sculptures can be found in Public buildings in Moranbah and Charters Towers.
During a recent holiday in New Zealand, she discovered the creamy Oamaru Limestone and has enjoyed creating beautiful shapes from the stone, many inspired by the Maori Pikorua.
She also enjoys working in our beautiful NQ timbers, particularly when carving our local wildlife and can be found carting lumps of interesting wood back on her kayak, when she’s paddling in Lake Tinaroo.
The environment in which I live has heavily influenced my work, from my series of city centric ‘Lightscapes’ for my MA folio, to my current sculptural work based on the wet tropics rainforest since living in far North Queensland.
My work is now predominately sculptural ceramics, and ranges from larger than life rainforest fruits, pods and seeds to luminescent fungi to realistic life-size rainforest inhabitants such as the tree kangaroo, pademelon, spectacled flying foxes and the lesser sooty owl. I find the richness and diversity of the flora and fauna of our wet tropics rainforest fascinating.
Sometimes it is rugged
And in this unusual way
Has its own beauty.
I like to follow that path.
For the grain in wood
Can be like life’s journey,
Go in any direction.
You’re never too old. Nonagenarian, Geoff Redington is certainly proof. He took up woodwork when he ‘retired’ to the Tablelands 30 years ago, and continues to craft imaginative and unique pieces. He also writes poetry, drives his vintage tractor and is a regular volunteer with Rotary. Geoff has a passion for timber which shows in his uniquely creative woodwork. He’s a great example of how art keeps your soul youthful.
I grew up in Newcastle and completed an Art Degree before moving to Cairns to begin painting and exhibiting professionally. The works I became known for depicted sunrises and sunsets of the sea from the Cairns inlet to Cape Tribulation.
Now living on the Tablelands I have been inspired by the beauty of the local scenery. I still have a love for the beach and continue to paint seascapes. More recently my paintings are of the surf after visits to New South Wales.
Having raised our family and spent many years together my husband and fellow artist Tone Williams and I have formed the partnership ‘art-tones’ to showcase our individual talents.
A self-taught artist, Janice has a passion to experiment in styles and media. She takes part in various art workshops and exhibits in local shows and galleries.
Joane creates these beautiful pieces at Tarzali, a small village in a picturesque valley on the Atherton Tablelands.
She and her husband have been operating Tarzali Pewtermill for many years in Australia, having learned her craft in Scotland, working with her brother-in-law who is an award-winning jeweller and silversmith.
Her Scottish background comes to the fore with a collection of Celtic and ArtNouveau jewellery.
Her other jewellery and picture frames take inspiration from our own Australian flora and fauna. She also commissioned Aboriginal artist, Clive “Bidga” Atkinson of the Yorta Yorta community in Victoria to produce a range of indigenous designs. These are based on the traditional x-ray art of his region.
Joane enjoys her unique craft and is proud to say that all of her products are 100% Australian. The pewter she uses is exclusively blended to her own specifications by a Brisbane foundry and is entirely lead-free.
Malanda artist, Joanne has been painting for many years and has taken classes with several professional Artists while developing her own style. She has exhibited her work in Townsville, Brisbane and the Tablelands and has sold paintings all over the world. She has been awarded numerous prizes in competitions and shows.Joanne loves the sense of peace she experiences while painting and is happy when her art brings joy to others.
Cairns woodworker, Joe Venables could be compared to another bearded red-shirted fellow…he just loves making kids smile with the toys that he crafts. His recent range of intricately constructed earthmoving equipment (the big boys toys) have won awards at Torimba Festival and Cairns and Innisfail Shows.
She loves the rawness, the texture and flexibility of natural fibres and materials; They’re grown from the earth and they will, if left to the environment, return to the earth.
The natural dye process is another realm, with the use of fire, the preparation of the fire, an art form of its own, the gathering, drying of the plant material and extraction of the dyes. Then the dying itself, mixing of mordants, all very grounding, connecting…
“My inspiration comes from the wilderness, old growth forests, and the balance found there ….and as I practice my creativeness through knotting, weaving and dyeing. I feel connected to a very ancient past, that is, elusive, spiritual and a wonder.”
She grew up with access to all of the art materials you could possibly want, and the encouragement to use them. Painting, sewing, plaster craft and puppet making were all on the agenda. Then her teaching degree introduced her to the joys of batik, leatherwork, and clay sculpture. Classes as an adult added wheel thrown pottery, silversmithing, felting and glass bead making.
Her first love, however, is clay sculpture. She makes whimsical caricatures of the myriad of birds and animals living in our beautiful natural environment. Some pieces are quite realistic, whilst others are completely fanciful. None of them are terribly serious, and they exist to make people smile.
Working with glass comes a close second. When glass is melted and wound to create beads the minerals in the glass combine and react to make beautiful organic patterns. I use the beads to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. No two beads are ever exactly the same.
While photographing the local scenery, she also encounters FNQ’s fascinating tropical flowers and unique wildlife. These images are the inspiration for her new collection of LKDesign photographic jewellery. Each piece is created and handcrafted by Lindy herself.
Lorraine has lived in north Queensland for 20 years having moved to Lake Eacham from Canberra. Born in Canada, she went to Papua New Guinea as a volunteer. There she met and married her Australian husband whose work took them to PNG, Nepal and the Solomon Islands. All of these countries have left their mark on her art practice.
Her textiles, books and mixed media works have canvassed environmental motifs, mainly entomological, and, more recently, women’s issues. The creative re-use of existing materials has been a hallmark. She has had seven solo exhibitions since 1995 and participated in numerous group shows in Australia, Japan, Ireland and Canada. Her work is held in public (Australian National University, PNG Unitech, Stanthorpe Art Gallery, State Library of Queensland) and private collections in Australia, Canada, Solomon Islands and the USA.
These blank books showcase a driving force in her practice – making works using pre-loved materials with all their inherent histories. The cover materials, linings, paper and threads and added decorations were all repurposed from op-shop finds and donated treasures.
This fascination with old buildings goes much deeper than simply the presentation of something picturesque.
“I see people as just another part of the ecology, and their buildings as shelters for their kind – a right as valid as that of the birds and animals. These shelters, for me, the symbol of people’s presence in the landscape, portray their triumphs, defeats and ongoing struggle against the forces of nature.”
Mainly an oil and watercolour painter, Ludij also works in acrylics, printmaking and graphics, is an experienced art judge and tutor, and has published several books and print editions. She has won numerous awards, and her works are in many public and private collections worldwide.
“I consider myself a realist painter – and take great delight in the details by bringing them to life and often counteracting them in a sea of looseness. My canvas is the man-made landscape – people’s effect on nature’s landscape, counterbalanced by nature’s continuing and timeless influence on people and their endeavours.”
In her home studio in Tarzali, she has homeschooled her children, made costumes and decorations for festivals and theatre, sung, danced, painted and sculpted. She also teaches yoga in her regular classes in Yungaburra and Malanda.
Her last exhibition explored the contrast in the surface qualities of steel and fired clay; both having been treated with heat or flame, creating exciting and often unexpected results.
Lyndel says “Sculpting is a playful and pleasurable expression of my whims.
Marie’s fascination with timber carvings began at the 1988 Brisbane Expo and her passion and inspiration grew until, in 1999, she had the time to begin carving herself. In a very short time, Marie was producing beautiful, award-winning pieces, mainly out of the glorious Red Cedar and other selected timber of the Atherton Tablelands.
Marie’s love of nature, the Tablelands fauna and flora and the Great Barrier Reef are brought to life in her wood masterpieces.
Marie has a strong sense of community and you can usually find her sharing tips at the fortnightly gatherings of the Atherton Woodcarvers Group.
Marina lives on the Tablelands with her husband, Graeme. For some time now, she’s been able to spend most days in her studio overlooking Lake Tinaroo. Formerly a nurse/midwife, she began painting in earnest upon retirement. She has found an exciting new life where colour and harmony, form and shape have taken on a creative and special meaning. Finding inspiration for her work mostly from the environment in Far North Queensland, she has been fortunate in recent years to have won several awards in the region and interstate.
Herberton potter, Mecki Kracke has specialised in domestic gas fired, wheel thrown stoneware using her own glazes for over 25 years.
Mecki has had the good fortune of spending many months studying and undertaking wood firings with Seth Cardew at his pottery in Masia Albadas in Spain in 2013/14. During her travels in Europe she learned more about public art ceramics, mosaic and jewellery.
Through workshops and classes, Mecki enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge in schools, youth centres and women’s centres.
Michael Koren’s creative journey began in the realm of sculpture and a move to Far North Queensland combined with an over abundant supply of naturally fallen and waste timbers gave him direction. His work has ranged from the functional bowl to completely unusable organic forms. Michael is best known for his bendy spoons . On making spoons Michael said it wasn’t their functionality that interested him, instead they were shapes that pleased him to make and were ‘ancient and democratic’ forms.
He works as a commercial photographer.
The fine art photographs you see have been captured over the last ten years mostly on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland and represent his unique and personal photographic vision of our Australian landscape.
All his images are created using the very latest digital technology to produce the very finest pieces of photographic art. Each one is individually designed and assembled using museum quality tools and technology to provide you photographic landscape impressions presented in the most elegant way.
Nathan learnt to crawl, walk, swim and hunt his land on his family’s outstation, on Wathaniin country near Arakun. His traditional values are very strong, making him a proud tribesman.
Nathan’s passion for art came very early in his life, as he would watch his Grandfathers prepare for celebratory feasts, observing as his elders decorated the spears, woomera and boomerangs. The women would be busy preparing the singers and dancers, transforming them into a colourful display of beauty. Then the painted tribal warriors emerge and the celebration begins…it is these colours, sounds, smells and stories that motivate Nathan’s art.
His style incorporates the traditional colours and stories and values of his own time and his own dreaming. However, his crossing of time linked with tradition has allowed him to create and explore as a true Wik Alken tribesman, his own unique styled art.
Owen is a self –taught Artist, and has been painting for over 25 years. He has lived in Atherton in Far North Queensland for 16 years, having moved here from Redland Bay area near Brisbane where he grew up.
His passion is to capture the detail of the wildlife of Australia, and also the spirit of the historical environment through images that are based on realism. His hand painted images conveys the natural beauty of the Australian Wildlife, environment and the qualities of the light in both the outback and the rainforest. He started painting in Oils but has since changed to acrylics. Owen’s works are hanging in homes and offices around Australia and overseas.
A keen art student in high school, Perry won first prize in 1968 in a Townsville exhibition for a painting of his father’s boat, giving him inspiration for painting in his spare time as he worked as an Architectural Draftsman, then Landscaper.
Retiring to the Atherton Tablelands in 2008 has rekindled Perry’s passion for art. Elements fundamental to his work are sound draftsmanship, good composition and astute light and colour aspects. Mainly self-taught, he has a strong affinity with nature and chooses to visit places personally when possible to get a feel of the scenic and historical values.
His love of architecture is depicted in the many wonderful old buildings of Northern Australia. Perry gives us a chance to step back in time and experience these heritage buildings in all their former glory.
Phil Griffiths was set to become a carpenter/joiner when he finished high school in Horsham Victoria, but was talked into becoming a Maths/Science teacher instead. Working with timber became a self-taught passion that has seen him renovate kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and craft many pieces of furniture…you name it, he’s made it.
He first entered Torimba Festival of the Forest (Ravenshoe) in 2007 and since then his work has won many awards. This culminated in 2015 when a cabinet made in the Shaker style won him grand champion.
He works mainly with northern silky oak and has also worked with many other timbers. He prefers to make furniture and likes Shaker and Arts & Crafts styles which combine functionality with aesthetic appeal.
All his creations take form in a 6×4 metre shed!
Renee Young is a local artist from Butchers Creek. Working from her home studio surrounded by amazing rainforest and wildlife, she is inspired by the beautiful environment of the Tablelands.
Renee is largely self-taught, however has received instruction from well-renowned Australian artists and completed a graphic design course early in her career. She has been practising art for over 25 years and has won several awards at regional exhibitions and is in collections across Australia and internationally.
Being a self-confessed fauna-nerd for many years, much of Renee’s art reflects this passion. To create her art she uses her own reference material, observations and working plein air. Using a broad range of mediums such as watercolours, oils, pastels, paper and clay allows her to depict a range of topics with authenticity.
Her philosophy is to try to capture the character and realism of Australia’s fascinating and beautiful landscapes and animals and hopes to educate others about what’s outside their door.
During this time he has established himself as a multimedia artist and an inspiring teacher. He has held multiple solo exhibitions of his work both on the Tablelands where he now lives, and in Cairns.
Many of his paintings could be thought of as a reflective meditation on landscape – both interior and exterior.
Rob has recently begun to create unique pieces of upcycled wearable art using processes he has applied in his paintings and collages over the last thirty years.
Rob’s work is in private collections locally, and in Sydney, Melbourne London and New York. Rob accepts commissions to make individual pieces and personal talismans.
Originally trained in graphic design and illustration, Robert Marshall worked as a commercial artist in Adelaide, until he threw it in and began creating fine art and sculpture. He then moved to Gordonvale, FNQ.
Having experimented with different art styles and media, he became fascinated with copper. Copper is a soft malleable metal, that when torched, brings out amazing colours.
He loves the challenge of making something surreal out of everyday objects, such as the recycled copper tea pot that became an elephant.
Yungaburra artist, Sandi Lear, is largely self-taught, though on occasion she’s been incredibly fortunate to receive tuition by eminent internationally celebrated artists, drawing on their knowledge and experience, developing, exploring and honing her skills.
“Motivation?… everything is inspiration and challenge. I find myself more and more drawn to water, it has featured largely in a life filled with adventure, an adventure that continues. The world is filled with an incredible diversity – of subjects, light, colour, depths, mystery, mood, and love.”
“What happens when you drop a kernel of beautiful pure pigment into water? well, that depends, some creep gently, insinuating into the paper, following the path of the water, taking over your heart, some join hands and create their own special melange – others EXPLODE with life, sending tendrils of colour through the paper……………….sheer bliss! “
Sangit grew up in an artist family in Germany. Her life has always been centered around creating: painting, drawing, sewing and knitting clothes, cooking food – it didn’t matter, it all involved the act of ‘making stuff’.
She then learnt wet felting 10 years ago in the South of WA and immediately knew that she found her ultimate medium. Basically she has not stopped creating items made from felt since then!
Colours and textures are her main source of inspiration. Wool and silk tops come in the most brilliant colours and she uses them skillfully and originally. Nature and country are another major influence on her work.
Sangit loves being able to work with good quality Australian Merino wool. The tactile sensation of working with the wool fibers is a deeply satisfying experience. She often combines the wool with silk or other natural fibers like bamboo or soja to create interesting surfaces, textures and shades.
A lot of Sangit’s pieces are ‘Wearable Art’: hats, scarves, shawls, vests, brooches, jackets and bags. Her big passion however is to create wall hangings, small sculptures and felted ‘paintings’.
Tani Bates is a resident of Cairns and her work is inspired by her surroundings. The green mountains, lush tropical colours and the vibrancy of native butterflies, frogs and birdlife influences her mood and hence, her pieces. She began her artistic journey in stained glass.
Tani has since studied basic, traditional Italian mosaic techniques under Master Mosaicist Guilio Menossi in Udine, Northern Italy. Her mosaic work is a reflection of these traditions mixed with her view of tropical Queensland, with a tendency towards natural pieces rather than landscapes or urban scenes. Her journey in mosaics has found her returning to glass in the form of fused glass, with her mosaic skills and interest clearly evident and strongly influencing her work.
Tone studied the fine arts, painting and drawing at Bath Academy and later at Coventry School of Art in Britain. He describes this education as a classic type, learning to draw and appreciate the value of tone before using colour. He has put this ability to use when employed as a commercial artist and illustrator.
These graphic disciplines are usually representational so in an attempt to achieve balance he uses symbol and metaphor with imagination to express the abstract. He finds great enjoyment and satisfaction in the challenge of representing the observable world but I have found freedom and adventure in exploring the internal, eternal landscape.
When Toni Sanderson was a young girl, she would go sit by an indigenous elder who lived nearby. He called her Dreaming Girl – at the time she thought he knew she was a big daydreamer. Friends and family often said she was off with the fairies.
Toni grew up with a deep love and respect for the rainforest and fauna. She especially loves the tiny botanical wonders that are essential to keeping the delicate balance the forest need to survive. She grows and hand preserve all the mosses, fungi and flowers used in her work, from her own little rainforest and cottage garden. Lichens are sometimes gathered on her walks in the forest and bushland.
Her botanical jewellery reminds us of our connection with the natural world.
His collection of work includes both small and large items from timber key rings and pens through to trinket boxes, vases, bowls, lamps, and platters. He also enjoys making one-off creative pieces for private collections and creating hollow forms and large signature platters for clients who are seeking something different and unique. He has many pieces in private galleries throughout the world including England, United Kingdom, France, Canada, USA, Poland and Slovakia.
He loves sourcing and collecting a wide variety of timber from paddocks and timber mills all over the north and especially delights in working with Western Queensland timber, such as Purple Gidgee, Red Lancewood, Conkerberry and Queensland Ebony, due to the variety of rich colours and intricate grain patterns they display. Each piece of these amazing timbers, almost ask to be turned in specific ways, to highlight their own natural features and characteristics leading to stunning and unique works of art.