Artist Bio - Barbara Duke
I was born in Rushworth, Victoria and lived in the area for a great part of her life
From an early age had a keen interest drawing and developed a great love of art. I am self taught, attending the occasional workshops etc. and believes there is always more to learn and every painting is a new and exciting challenge in creativity towards improving my skill
After working in pencil and pen and ink for a couple of years I then began painting in oils in 1976 and continued to paint and do some commissioned work while raising a family
I won first art prize in the Rushworth Art Exhibition 1989, and hung my works at Hill Top Golf Club Tatura during the 1980's.
On leaving the area in 1991, I spent the next twelve years travelling and painting around Australia, expanding to pastels and then watercolours before retiring to Yarrawonga in 2003. Were my paintings hung and many sold at Cannings A.R.T.S. in Belmore Street over the next 10 years.
I joined the Yarrawonga/Mulwala Artist Assoc. and the Rutherglen and District Artists Society Inc. Yarrawong Winning several awards at Yarrawonga/ Mulwala Art exhibitions.
Also receiving a Highly Commended at Echuca Art Show 2008 and Peoples Choice award at Nathalia Art In Windows 2008- 2009 and 2014-2015
I held her first art exhibition at Yarrawonga in 2009 and also taught a small group in the application of pastel.
During 2010 I moved to Echuca and joined the Echuca/Moama Artists Inc. In 2011
I was invited to submit an "Insight" and watercolour demonstration for the 100th. edition of the "Artist's Palette Magazine" and one of her paintings was also featured on the front cover.
In 2012 I was featured in "Australian How To Paint Watercolours" magazine.
I work from my studio/ gallery which can be viewed by appointment only.
A solo exhibition of my painting at Alton Gallery, Echuca "Natures Framework" consisting of oils, pastels and watercolours from my times travelling Australia on display for the month February, 2014.
I am now prepareing for my next solo exhibition 'Inspiring Moments" opening 30th July until 27th August 2016 at the Alton Gallery, 111 Hare Street, Echuca. Vic.
My Artshow Awards