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Di Bell

I’ve always been interested in the arts so in 1998, while still living in central Queensland , I joined the Rolleston Painting Group. We had wonderful times together drawing and painting in the Carnarvon Gorge area. Thanks to the Flying Arts organization in Queensland, we got to participate in twice yearly workshops with some marvellous tutors who were flown out from Brisbane or Sydney. I really enjoyed my time as a regional rep for Flying Arts and their fabulous workshops like the one on Magnetic Island in 2005. It was great fun exhibiting our work in the local Springsure Show. In 2000, I went to McGregor Summer School at Toowoomba Uni to do Drawing and Painting for Beginners with fabulous tutor Sharon Muir. She gave us such an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of drawing and painting that I haven’t looked back since. I also joined Maranoa Artists Inc. in Roma and loved being involved in their workshops and annual Easter Art Competitions. In 2006, I went on an art tour and workshop to Italy with Gold Coast art teacher Lucja Ray and that was an experience of a life time. We moved to Ballina in 2005 and I am still passionate about becoming an artist. I’ve had tuition from lots of wonderful art teachers in this region; Lesley Ryan, Maria Heaton, Greg Masters, Michelle Dawson, Kellie O’Dempsey and Ron Curran, to name a few! Recently, I’ve been going to some of the Lismore Art Club tutorials and Byron School of Arts workshops. I’m sure being an art student is for life and I’m still passionate about celebrating life through art. Being able to share this passion for art with others is a privilege and I hope you enjoy artistic expression as much as I do.

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