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Marianne Reardon


Marianne Reardon was born in 1947 in Hamburg Germany. At the age of five she immigrated with her parents to Tasmania where she studied to be a teacher. An only child, she showed a keen interest in nature and the visual arts. She was encouraged and influenced in this by her father, an amateur landscape photographer, who taught her to “see” what was really there.

In her professional role as an Infant School teacher, Marianne continued to dabble and experiment in the art and craft fields, but other than her art studies at high school, and a few painting classes at evening school, she has had no formal training.

It was only when she and her husband moved to Montville in 2001 that she started to seriously explore her artist streak. It was when a friend gave her a set of pastels, that what had been an interest, suddenly developed into a passion.

I love setting up a still life and painting it. It’s like going on a journey and crossing a threshold into another world. Time does not exist, only light and shadows, colour vibrating. It’s difficult to explain. One has to experience it.

Since then Marianne has attended workshops conducted by Carol Oakley” Catherine Hamilton, Grace Paleg, Anne White and Chris Blake. She has exhibited in a number of local art exhibitions and is a co founder and past president of the Blackall Range Self Help Art Group.


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Emma Middleton


Emma Middleton expressed an innate interest in art from an early age and enjoyed an artistically orientated upbringing, greatly inspired by the artwork of her maternal Grandmother Linda Armstrong, and of her paternal Great Grandfather Bernardus Schilte de Veldt.

After graduating from the Australian Ballet School in 1990, Emma became a soloist with The Vienna Ballet, ‘Badnerballet der Stadtheatre Wien’.

Emma Middleton returned to Australia in 1993 becoming the principal of Brighton Dance Academy. She designed and painted 12-metre by 6-metre backdrop canvasses used by the Academy for various Performances. Emma was also the theatrical costume designer and creator. During this period she continued developing her paintings of the human figure, eventually pursuing her passion for art becoming full time professional.

Emma Middleton’s work focuses on interpretation and expression of the sensuous qualities of the human form. Predominantly Emma works in pastel; a medium that has enabled her to develop a unique style characterised by a sublime velvety texture and exquisite contrasts.

In 2001 Emma Middleton was recognised by the Pastel Society of Victoria as featured artist. Following on from previous highly successful exhibitions at Manyung Gallery Victoria, gaining widespread media coverage, Emma’s works were again exhibited and eagerly sought.

Emma Middleton’s paintings continue to be highly collectible and are included in various corporate and private art investment collections. Additionally, clients from various Australian states have commissioned individual works.

A resident of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the work of Emma Middleton is on display at selected prominent art galleries including Main Street Gallery, Montville.


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Jan Jorgensen


Brisbane artist Jan Jorgensen chronicles the human and architectural worlds of the inner city suburbs.
Her colourful impressionistic paintings capture the changing places and the changing light of the old and new, jostled together. She is fascinated by man made structures of cities and old inner suburbs – the streetscapes and houses, light and shadow, angles and planes that are place memories of our lives. Visit

Formal art training include two years at Central Technical College and three years at Kelvin Grove College of Art. Most influential tutors were William Robinson and Andrew Sibley.

Jan has held many solo exhibitions since 1980 and won many awards for her work including: Suncorp, Royal National, Tattersalls Club, Royal QLD Art Society, Nudgee College Awards and Nundah Art Festival Award – Grand Champion Prize.

Jan’s work is represented in many private and corporate collections throughout Australia – Suncorp, L.J. Hooker, St. George Bank, Downlands College (Toowoomba), Redeemer & Trinity Lutheran Colleges, St. Hildas School (Southport), Prince Charles Hospital, Byrne Ford and Park Royal Hotel (Broadbeach). Jan’s paintings are represented in England, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Canada and U.S.A.


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