Rather than paint, Chris prefers to pursue his passion for photography. From the moment he was first shown how to use his parents’ SLR camera he was hooked on photography and now he never goes anywhere without a camera or two, ever on the lookout for things to photograph. Chris has a special interest in photographing birds, animals and flowers and possesses the necessary patience that is always needed for animal photography. In addition to nature he enjoys photographing man-made objects, particularly vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles, ships and military vehicles. Whilst he is not a painter himself, he does enjoy looking at art, especially large wall murals and mosaics. He has amassed a good collection of photographs of public art from south-east South Australia, Victoria and Adelaide. Living in Mt Gambier affords him excellent opportunities to photograph the scenic coastline of South Australia’s “Limestone Coast” and the Western Victorian countryside. The volcanic and the limestone karst regions are both a constant source of fascination to Chris, who says he knows the location of just about every cave, sinkhole and extinct volcano in the region and has numerous photographs to prove it. His interest in shell collecting often finds him roaming the beaches for hours at a time and he says he likes nothing better than to jump in his car and spend the day driving in search of interesting things to see and photograph. Chris likes animals and shares his house with some rather elderly cats and one canary. Chris is not on-line himself, but some of his photos can be viewed at this website. Chris is also a member of Port Community Arts Centre.
Rosemary is a newcomer to painting and drawing but has always loved sewing and recently became interested in making artistic cloth dolls. She is an avid gardener who is doing her bit for the environment by breeding local butterflies, which she raises from eggs to maturity before releasing them into the wild. In addition to her creative textile art she has discovered a love of sketching. She particularly likes drawing portraits of people and is now working to improve her skills in that area by drawing various family members. Her favourite artist is Mucha and she likes to create artworks in the style of Mucha. In addition to drawing more family portraits she also intends to use her newly acquired skills to help her design textile art like the work shown here, and even more interesting and amusing cloth dolls.