Artist Profiles
HBAS has over 80 member artists and we present some of their profiles for you to have an insight into the varied and impressive art and tuition available.
Members - if you would like your profile included on our website, please complete the Artist Profile form at the bottom of this page and send to vicki.vlekkert@gmail.com

Dianne Dumschat
Dianne's artistic journey has taken many twists and turns, experimenting with several mediums and subjects over many years. She has had several tutors, attended many workshops and completed a correspondence course with the Perth Tec. on Oil Painting.

Dianne has exhibited in many group exhibitions over the years in the South Burnett, Sunshine Coast and the Fraser Coast winning a number of awards locally and has held two successful solo exhibitions in Gattakers Artspace, Maryborough in 2007 & 2015.  She exhibited at The Wondai Gallery in 2016 jointly with a long time artist friend.
Being inspired by the Australian landscape, particularly the Fraser Coast Region’s strong but at the same time fragile environment, flora & fauna, Dianne loves to create paintings showing the bold, exciting, dramatic colours and shapes of our area. She wants her love of the bush to transfer to the viewer.   
 Whilst working with mainly oils or acrylics Dianne finds acrylics very useful in mixed medium work and oil paints are wonderful in the fact they are slow drying allowing the carving and shaping of the paint. This allows the direction of the strokes to be visible on the finished piece. Often palette knife work is used to give focal areas for more impact. The textured surface of painting with oils gives another dimension with refracted light.  

Dianne paints a variety of sizes but particularly enjoys painting on a larger scale for greater impact. Generally focal subject matter is chosen rather than a traditional approach with background, midground and foreground vista painting.   

Dianne is the Coordinator for the Wednesday painting social group at HBAS.                          

Her work can be viewed on : facebook Dianne Dumschat/ Artist
Juanita (Nita) Lamont (Life Member of HBAS)
Nita grew up in Maryborough and moved to Hervey Bay in 1995 when she started painting after hearing about art classes at CWA Pialba.  After meeting HBAS then President Delores (Min) Vary, Nita became a member and started learning pastels under Min's tutoring every Friday.

Apart from the social atmosphere at Gallery 5, Nita appreciates the facilities which continue to improve along with having a venue to exhibit her art.

Nita’s achievements in art include being awarded many first, second, highly commended and commended prizes both at Gallery 5 and at Maryborough Art exhibitions.  Her style is traditional with her favourite subjects being landscape and flowers.

As Friday Pastel Tutor these days, Nita enjoys passing on her knowledge and helping people to progress as artists.  

Rolf Sieber
Rolf was born in Leipzig, Germany and from an early age he was interested in painting and sketching things around him. After he finished his school education he began an apprenticeship as a painter and decorator in his father’s firm. At the age of 16 a local artist inspired him to participate in a drawing course at the Leipzig Academy of Fine Art. Rolf learned the basic skills of perspective, light and shade which are the fundamentals of visual art. 

After migrating to Australia in 1965 Rolf established his own building business in Sydney and for the next 30 years his main focus was building houses. In his spare time he maintained and furthered his painting skills by joining the Holroyd Art Society. As part of a building project in 1993 Rolf painted 8 murals of German and Austrian cities on the walls in the auditorium and bar area of the German Austrian Club in Sydney, which are still admired by the public today.

Since retiring and moving to Hervey Bay in 1999 the beautiful beaches and the tranquillity of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island inspired him to take out his paintbrushes to fulfil his life time dream to become an artist.

Rolf is an active member of the community, being a volunteer at the Regional Gallery and a member of the RADF committee. Since 2003 he is an active member of the Hervey Bay Art Society, participating in art competitions and exhibitions.

To further his skills and technique he an rolled in the local TAFE college, graduating with two Diplomas of Visual Arts with Distinction and four Certificates IV in drawing, painting and printing techniques.  Rolf has sought inspiration from other Australian artists especially, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Hans Heysen and some German artists the like of Max Liebermann, Karl Buchholz and Werner Tuebke.  Rolf is a realist and likes to capture nature as pure and real.

His works reflect colour, deeps, light and shade in a landscape or seascape. Rolf has won numerous art awards at art competitions throughout the Region and at the Hervey Bay Art Society. Rolf has had solo exhibitions of his artworks at Gatakers Artspace Maryborough, the Regional Gallery Hervey Bay, Gayndah Art Gallery and Mundubbera Regional Gallery and at local businesses and cafes.

During his time as President of the Society for 5 years he made big improvements to the day to day running of society and Gallery 5.

Rolf is now the tutor of the Friday workshop at the Gallery.

Paul Barnes
Dip.GD. F.R.S.A. Dip.Ad.Voc. Ed. Dip.H.Ed. Grad.Cert.H.Ed.
Upon graduating from High Wycombe College of Technology and Art (UK) in 1969, and following a short period in retail management Paul migrated to Australia from the UK in 1970.

In 1996 he was elected as a full fellow of the Royal Society of Art. He spent over 16 years as the technical illustrator and Graphics Co-ordinator for the Austral Group, Vehicle Manufacturing, during which time he won several design awards for the company. Paul also won the Courier Mail Design Competition for the Endeavour Foundation Logo.

Paul then became the studio manager at Minale Tattersfield and Bryce, International Design practice. He moved on to become the Foundation Studies Convenor at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University where he lectured for a further 16 years. Paul also managed his own successful freelance Graphic Design practice. 

He has exhibited his art with the QCA Alumni, Doggett Street Studio in Brisbane, Shandong College of Arts (P.R.China) and Hanoi Institute of Fine Art (P.R.Vietnam), Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Hervey Bay Art Society, Hervey Bay Community Centre, Maryborough Art Society, Gayndah Art Gallery, Hervey Bay’s Harbour Gift Gallery and at other local business outlets.

Paul’s artwork has been procured by the Australian Commonwealth Art-Bank, by the Fraser Coast Council, several local businesses, as well as many Australian and overseas collectors. Paul is a now a member of the Hervey Bay Art Society and has won a number of awards for his art. Paul is a member of Fraser Coast ArtsLink and a founding member of the Fraser Coast Art Group.

Janine Hunt
As a child growing up in Sydney, I was fascinated watching my grandmother paint traditional landscapes in oils.  This led to a love of drawing and painting which has developed into a passion into my adult life. 

I am largely a self-taught painter, though I attended classes for a brief period on the Sunshine Coast using acrylics and learning the principles of art and design.

I now live in River Heads, a small community in Hervey Bay where I have attended many workshops learning new techniques and have developed a love of mixed media.

The Fraser Coast’s unique and natural beauty is a never-ending source of inspiration for my paintings.  From time to time, I like to vary my subject matter, and enjoy painting figure studies, flora & fauna and still life.

It has become a passion to combine my realistic style with all the wonderful and captivating effects which can be achieved with mixed media.

I have won many awards and certificates both at the Hervey Bay Art Society and in the Maryborough Art Festival.

My work can be viewed at Gallery 5 as well as on my website: www.janinehuntart.com or Facebook.com/Janine Hunt Artist

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