Artist Bio


Art has been a passion all my life. As a young girl living on a goat farm in the outback, I would take charcoal from the wood stove to use for my first drawings. I was later introduced to the use of acrylics at school. I furthered my eduction in art by enrolling in Scott’s Correspondence College, where I studied oil painting.

After a long break and a serious motor vehicle accident, I resumed my interest in art attending life-drawing classes with the late John Kibby. John’s guidence motivated me, and as a result I have held exhibitions in various cities around Australia including Newcastle, Brisbane, Winton, Melbourne, Sydney, Atherton and Cairns. I have also participated in overseas exhibitions in Canada, Papua New Guinea and study trips to Fiji and New Zealand. In late 2007 I participated in a workshop in a provoence south of France.

At TAFE I completed Certificate III and a Diploma in Visual Arts.

I enjoy working within a diverse range of media and subject, my style varies from the portraits, landscapes, animals and impressions. My love of texture, and my passion for the oil medium will keep me exploring my artwork.

Below is a list of Di’s education, qualifications, past exhibitions etc.



2007    Education workshop in France

2006     Education workshop in Fiji

2006    Certificate III in Visual Art Craft and Design (current)

2006    Certificate III in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft and Health and Safety (current)

2005    Environment workshop Cairns City Council

2004    Environment workshop Cairns City Council

2004     Education workshop financial ass. Grants C.C.C Cairns

2003    Education Workshop in Art & Mural – New Guinea

2002    Visual Arts Diploma I – Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE

2002    Visual Arts Diploma  II – Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE

2001      Certificate III in Arts – Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE

1992    Statement of Attainment – Cairns College of TAFE (Tablelands Campus)

1972    Scott’s Art College (Commercial Art) – Melbourne
Appendix 1:    Academic history report.


1st  March 2004        The business of art
28th February 2003        Professionalism in practice
31st January 2003        Major studio practice

1st July 2002            Professional practice – concept development
Extended picture making – media studies
Experiment drawing techniques
Painting – concept and context
25th September 2002        Culture and context: reading texts 2
Painting – mixed media
13th December 2002        Generic studio practice – minor

20th April 2001            Occupational Health and Safety in the Visual Arts
18th May  2001        Drawing Principles
Introductory Painting
1st June 2001            Computer Systems, Peripherals and Hardware
Deconstructive Drawing
28th September 2001        Drawing Devices – symbolism
Painting – resources and research
19th October 2001        Culture and Context:  Reading Texts 1
30th November 2001        Image in, Image out
1st December 2001        Culture and Context: Modernism
19th December 2001        Culture and Context:  Postmodernism
The Visual Arts Industry
Interpretive Drawing
Painting – series and sequences


6th February 2001        Major Project
2nd March 2001        Law and Copyright for Artworkers
17th May 2001            Markmaking
20th April 2000    Arts Practices:  Established discourses in Arts, Media and Design Painting in Oil
28th April 2000    Introduction to Digital Technologies
8th May 2000    Design Basics
Introduction to Painting
16th June 2000    Introductory Health and Safety for Artworkers
Introduction to Sculpture – moving away from the wall
17th November 2000    Industry Awareness
19th December 2000    Arts in Contexts
Introduction to Business Skills for Artworkers
Communication for Artworkers
Communication for self-promotion in the Arts
Introduction to Computer Image Production
Introduction to Desktop Publishing
Desktop Publishing – web design
Observing the body in drawing
Contemporary Painting


23rd November 2000    Developing Learning Skills


June 13 2007        Gallery 53 (53 Spence St.) Solo                Cairns

May  12 2007        Sonia’s By the Sea Restaurant                 Machans Beach

Current 2007        Gallery 53                                                     Cairns
Current 2007        Powerhouse Gallery                                   Cooktown

2006 – Oct        Newcastle Gallery (John Paynter) SOLO   Newcastle NSW
2006        Linden Postcard Show [St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts] Melbourne
2006            Cairns Regional Gallery (cas 56th Annual)      Cairns
2006            Kick Arts (COCA) Gallery                                     Cairns
2006            Hidden Gallery                                                       Port Douglas
2006 –             Dubai                                                                    Emirates
2006 – March        Archibald (entered only)                          Sydney
2006 – March         Wynn                                                           Sydney
2005 – April       Kick Arts (COCA) Gallery                             Cairns
2005 – Aug        Cairns Regional Gallery (Cas 58th Annual) Cairns
2005 – Nov        Members Exhibition [CAS] Tanks                Cairns
2005 – April        Dugongs of Hinchinbrook [Kick Arts Gallery] Cairns
2005 – Mar        AWARD Courier Mail Art Show (awarded 1st)  Brisbane
2004 – Dec        Gallery 53 (Mayor’s Christmas Appeal)        Cairns
2004 – Nov        C.A.A.F (Affordable Art Fair)                         Cairns
2004 – Oct        Kickarts (Glare Exhibition)                              Cairns
2004 – June         JCU University Community Centre             Cairns
2004 – May        Cas Studio Gallery                                             Cairns
2004 – May        Tanks Art Centre ( Raw Exhibition )            Cairns
2004 – May        Tanks Art Centre ( Dr convention  )             Cairns
2003 – June        Birdmill Gallery (Gravenhurst)                    Canada
2003 – Sept.        “There to Now” Tanks Art Centre                Cairns
2002 – Oct.        56th Annual Open Art Awards –
AWARD               Cairns Regional Gallery 1st.                            Cairns
2002 – Aug.        Art on Alpine (Dr Edward Koch Historical Exhibition)  Cairns
2002 – June        AWARD Tanks (Cas) Members Exhibition 1st    Cairns
2002 – June        Tanks Members Exhibition                             Cairns
2002 – May        Spirit of the Outback (The Waltzing Matilda Centre)  Winton
2001 – Nov        Concept Context TNQT Gallery                        Cairns
2001 – Oct        Cairns Inside Out TNQT Gallery                       Cairns
2001 – June        55th Annual (Cas Cairns Regional Gallery)  Cairns
2001 – June         Dr Edward Koch (Casino)                               Cairns
2001 – Mar        Inaugural Art                                                       Canberra
2000 – Nov        Beyond the Brush TNQT Gallery                    Cairns
2000 – Sept        AWARD 54th Annual (Cas Cairns Regional Gallery 1st)    Cairns
2000 – June        Dr Edward Koch (Tanks)                                Cairns
2000 – June        Outback (Mareeba Shire)                                Mareeba
2000 – May        Australia Landscapes (Homestead)               Kuranda
1999 – Aug        Portraits of Women (Thobb’s)                          Cairns
1999 – Sept        Sunsets of Australia (Paradise Palms)            Cairns
1999 – July        Scent of a Woman (Café Culture)                     Atherton
1999 – June        Portrait (Atherton Show)                                  Atherton


Graft in Arts –         Walk for Life (Cancer) Esplanade
Graft in Arts –         Relay for Life (Face Painting)
Graft in Arts –        Opening of Lagoon (Artist in Residence)
Art on Aplin –         Artist in Residence
Vice President for Cairns Art Society 2001 and 2003

Designed invites and catalogues for Cairns Art Society and brochures for Cairns TAFE Visual Art Gallery.


Graft in Arts                                 Cas Studio Orchid Plaza
Tanks Art Gallery                        Gallery 53, Spence Street
Tanks Art Gallery                        Cairns Discount Framing, Spence Street


Danke Fisher – President of Art Society ( Cairns )

Steven Laurensen – Westpac Bank (manager) Cairns

Warren Entch – Federal Minister for Leichardt ( Far North Queensland )

Margaret Gill – Deputy Mayor of Cairns ( Far North Queensland )


Q.U.A.C. – Qld United Aids Council (Fundraising)

Terry Fox – “Run for Life” (Fundraising)

Arts, Culture & Reference Council – Cairns City Council – Ms Olive Tau Davis

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