Meet Marg the person behind the art

Hello,

I retired as a primary school teacher in 2015 and relocated from chilly Cooma in the Snowy Mountains area of NSW, to warmer Noosa on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. The appeal of sun and surf certainly keeps our grandkids keen to visit.

My retirement promise to myself was to learn and explore watercolour and develop my own style. I like to believe this is happening but still evolving as I learn from others through experimentation with techniques and materials.

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I have always been passionate about creativity and my love of colour was an integral part of my teaching practice from the early days of my career until I retired.

I taught art across the school from K-6 for several years which I loved. The chaos, the fun and willingness of little people to explore and absorb all that was on offer was inspirational.

During our 30 years living in Cooma, I was actively involved in many Community Art projects. This included organising ARTrageous (a biennial art exhibition at the school where I taught), designing and coordinating the “flats” for numerous Rock Eisteddfod and Wakkakirri Dance Drama Performances with local primary and high school students. This included painting student costumes which became an integral part of the artwork and storytelling.

The highlight event for me, however, was the co-ordination of the drawing, and subsequent painting of, a huge dance mat appropriated from the artwork of Bronwyn Bancroft “The Rainbow Serpent” that featured in the opening of the Pacific School Games at Stadium Australia in 2000. It was spectacular and involved 1000 children dancing on this artwork!