Paula, a West Australian based artist, was born in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Having spent her early childhood on farms, she soon developed a love for the African bush and wildlife. Her interest in drawing and painting emerged at a very early age and encouraged by her mother, she started sketching the animals on the farm and doing portraits of anyone willing to sit still long enough!
She trained in classical ballet, performing with the Rhodesia National Ballet and for many years taught dancing, as well as conducting art classes at a private school in Salisbury/Harare for 3 years.
After migrating to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1979, she resumed her teaching of classical ballet and modern dance and also studied art at the Da Vinci Fine Art Studio under the guidance of Carlo Sdoya. Paula’s first exhibited painting, ‘Homeward Bound’, with the Brush and Chisel Club, was purchased by the South African Railways.
In 1994, she immigrated to Perth with her husband and 2 of her 3 children and shortly after joining the Canning Arts Group was invited to exhibit as ‘Artist of the Month’. She then went on to conduct all media classes there for the next 6 years.
In 2009, Paula launched her first book ‘Footsteps in Time’ in conjunction with her first major solo art exhibition entitled ‘The Winds of Change’, followed by ‘Silent Reverie’ in 2011 and Silk Rd Restaurant 2012.
Paula is currently the President of the Alfred Cove Art Society 2012-2013 and an active member of, Melville Community Arts Association, Canning Arts Group, Pastel Society WA, and the Queensland Wildlife Arts Society.
She has judged art and craft entries for the Canning Agricultural Show, The Royal Perth Agricultural Show, Canning Art Award and the Mana Pools Logo competition, Zimbabwe.
Now able to immerse herself in her own creativity, expressing her passion for life through her art works, Paula enjoys experimenting with texture and colour, using multi-layering techniques in various mediums, styles and subjects.
She continues to exhibit in both group and solo exhibitions and is the winner of awards in oil, pastel, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media. Her work hangs in private and corporate collections in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Portugal, America, Canada, England, Scotland, Japan, Holland and Australia.
2013 QWASI: Gold Medal - ‘African Painted Dog’
2012 MCAA: Effective Use of Colour - ‘Sweeping Landscape’
2012 Pastel Society WA: Best 9x5 - ‘Summers Day’
2011 Canning Agricultural Show: 1st + Champion exhibit -‘African painted Dog’ - acrylic/oil
1st -‘Side by side we stand’ - mixed media
HC -‘Floral Bouquet’ - mixed media
HC - ‘After the Burn’- pastel
3rd - ‘Middleton beach’ - pastel
2011 ACAS Awards of excellence: HC – ‘African Painted Dog’ - Acrylic
+ People’s choice -‘African Painted Dog’ - acrylic
2011 Melville Art Award: HC -‘African Wild Dog’-acrylic
2011 MCAA Art Awards: Best in Show - ‘Who’s the Boss?’- oil
2011 Perth Agricultural Show: People’s choice runner up - ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ - oil
2010 Canning Agricultural Show: 1st -‘Springtime Splendour’- pastel
HC - ‘Morning mist’- pastel
HC - ‘Nyala at the waterhole’- acrylic
3rd- ‘meet you at the Pond’ - mixed media
1998 Canning Agricultural Show: 1st ‘Monkey business’ - pastel + Best Single Exhibit
1st -Animals and Birds
Most points - Blue Ribbon
1st - Portrait - ‘George’- Pastel
1st -Still Life
2nd -Still Life
1997 Canning Agricultural Show: 1st - oil
2nd - WC
3rd - WC
2nd - drawing any medium
2nd - oil
2nd - drawing
1996 Canning Art Award: Certificate of Merit - ‘Which way now?’ - oil
Artist in Residence:
2013 - Caves House Hotel, Yallingup WA
2012 -Kalahari Taste of Africa WA
2012 - Sunday Tribune Garden and Home Show, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2012 - Margaret River Community Centre WA
2011 - Westpac Bank Willetton, WA
1999 -Designed the numbat logo for the 40th Annual Conference of the AVSA Murdoch University ‘Way out West’
1997 -Design winner for the RAAFA stain glass window for the Village Chapel representing WAFFA
Illustrations & Publications:
2013 - Artists Palette magazine 116 - Insight article and demonstration
2012 - Sunday Times Newspaper - feature article
2011 - Cartoons for two books for South African author
2010 - Afriqan Times - ‘Phenomenal Woman’ - feature article
2009 - Footsteps in Time - Illustrations