Artist Profiles
This section is to showcase some of our many members which will be updated from time to time.
Members - if you would like your profile included on our website, please complete a short Artist's Profile about your artwork, what or who has influenced you to become an artist, education and any related experience in the field of the visual arts. Your preferred medium and subject. The length of time you have been an artist and what directions you plan to take in the future. A photo of yourself and 1 example of your artwork can be included (3D artwork also). Please ensure both are small files PIXresizer or a similar programme will do this. Email to herveybayartsociety@bigpond.com. 

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.

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
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
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.  

Marcella Secher
My interest in art goes back to my early childhood.  At school I was always in trouble for drawing in the back of my book instead of paying attention.  I had no actual training in art at school apart from the little bit that children do in primary school.
In 1987 at the age of 37 and after completing my Senior Year of school at night school and spending a year at Newcastle University, I applied and was accepted into Newcastle College of advanced education to study art.  Though it gave me an introduction into many aspects of fine art, I graduated with a major in photography in 1990.  Following my graduation, I then went back to Newcastle University and gained a degree in Art Education.  Because of an oversupply of art teachers in the general area and having had experience in Architectural Drafting and other aspects of the building industry, I found myself teaching Technical Drawing and Woodwork.  Painting was more or less a hobby at this point.  Before returning to Queensland in 1987 I was teaching painting at night school.
I have taken part in many workshops over several years, mostly whilst I was a member of the “Coochie Art Group” in the Redlands south of Brisbane, using various mediums, with excellent teachers/tutors.
I have always loved bright colours, thus when I did start to paint, most of my work was bright and to some degree, still is.  That’s not to say that I don’t like using subdued colours, which is the case when creating a peaceful scene or a delicate object.  I also like to work on large canvases and making use of the pallet knife.  Since moving to Hervey Bay I have given one workshop using the pallet knife to a group of painters at Artslink.
I prefer to work in Acrylics rather than oils for two reasons, one the odour and two the drying time.  More recently I have loved to incorporate texture into my work and to work at times with mixed media.  I also like to work with pastel and watercolour from time to time.
I try to create paintings that move the viewer in some way.  As for abstract work, I feel the subject still needs to be clearly identifiable to the viewer.  For this reason I don’t particularly like what I would call severe abstract work.  However I am happy to start a work from an abstract format and create an identifiable aspect as I go.
At one of the few competitions that I have entered I won a first prize.  Over the years I have been fortunate to sell quite a number of my paintings.
I find over the years that I keep coming back to seascapes or landscapes with some aspect of water in them.  However the desert or outback landscape also captures my imagination.  At 77 I feel I still have a whole lot more yet to learn and experiment with.

Rolf Sieber - President HBAS 2018
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 has been an active member of the Hervey Bay Art Society, participating in art competitions and exhibitions.

To further his skills and technique he enrolled 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.

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