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Painted Dreams Studio

"Making Equine Art Your Lifestyle"

NEWS, MEDIA & EVENTS (Updated 14th April 2020)


Some of my work is available for purchase at the following:


LILA LOU'S 55 S. Glenwood St, Wort's Cabin, Jackson WYOMIING US (now closed)


QPOPUP GALLERY 148 Nancy Bird Walton Drive KEW NSW 2439 (now closed)


GREENHOUSE CAFE 72 Clarkson Street, NABIAC NSW 2312. Open 7 days 02 6554 1944


MISTIE'S SADDLERY 30 Hannam Vale Road, Moorland NSW 2443. Open 6 days. PH 0478 776 376


THE EDGE GALLERY & ART SUPPLIES - River Arcade, Victoria Street TAREE NSW 2430. PH 0448 432 654 Open Mon - Sat.



LANSDOWNE HALL ART EXHIBITION - Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd May 2020 at LANSDOWNE COMMUNITY HALL, 27 Cundle Rd LANSDOWNE NSW 2430 10 am - 4 pm. Refreshments available. Local musician Heath Watts is entertaining during the weekend. Section for EQUINE ARTISTS, Landscape & Open Subject in any mediums. This will be our second Art Show at the Community Hall, open to Junior, Youth and Adult artists. Entries close 15th April 2020. Visit Lansdowne Community Hall FaceBook page. CANCELLED DUE TO CO-VID19.


For further information and entry forms please email me at [email protected] or Rhonda Hardes [email protected]


Wallamba Show - Sat 14th March 2020 at NABIAC SHOWGROUND NSW




Camden Haven Show Art Exhibition - Sat 19th & Sun 20th October at Kendall Showground, NSW


Taree Show Art Exhibition - Fri 11th to Sun 13th October 2019 at Taree Showgrounds NSW 2430


TAREE OPEN ART EXHIBITION - Sat 13th - Sun 21st July 2019 at Taree High School Hall Macquarie St, TAREE NSW 2430.



HALL, 27 Cundle Rd, LANSDOWNE NSW 2430 10 am- 4 pm. Refreshments available. Local musician Heath Watts is entertaining during the weekend.


'SPIRIT HORSES" (Solo Exhibition ) Monday 29th April - Friday 24th May 2019 at HALLIDAY'S POINT LIBRARY 1/85 High Street, HALLIDAY'S POINT NSW 2430


Trade Stall at LANSDOWNE COMMUNITY HALL - Saturday 30th March 2019 - 8 am- 12 pm at 27 Cundle Road, LANSDOWNE NSW 2430.



Opened 23rd November 2013. Visitors welcome by appointment. Originals, cards, Rock'N'Ponies & handpainted items available for sale at all times.




Stall at Canter For Cancer - Afternoon Tea on Sunday 30th October 2016 2pm - 5pm at King's Creek Retreat, King's Creek Road, Krambach NSW. Tickets $10. ea Available at Bellewood Saddlery. Contact Simone Preston 0408 910 665


Stall at Burrell Creek Flower Show - Saturday 15th October at Burrell Creek Hall 9 am - 3 pm


Wallamba Show - Saturday 28th February 2016, Nabiac Showground, Nabiac NSW.


UPCOMING EVENTS : 2014 - 2015


Trade Stall - Accent on Iris Flower & Photography Show - Saturday 17th October 2015 - 9am - 3pm. Burrell Creek Hall, The Buckets Way, Burrell Creek NSW


Taree Show Art Exhibition - Taree Showgrounds, Muldoon Street, Taree NSW 2430 Friday 9th October - Sunday 11th October 2015.


Trade Stall at Manning Valley Performance Horse Club Equine Art Exhibition - Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd August 2015. Taree Showground, Muldoon Street, Taree NSW 2430.


Great Lakes Art Exhibition - Saturday 28th March - Sunday 12th April 2015. 34 Lake St, Forster NSW 2428.


Wallamba Show - Saturday 7th March 2015, Nabiac Showground, Nabiac NSW.


Stall at Taree Night Bazaar - Saturday 29th November 2014, Victoria Street, Taree NSW 2430 at 6.00 - 9.00 pm.


Stall at Manning Valley Horse Health & Management Expo - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th November 2014 at Wingham Showground, Gloucester Rd, Wingham NSW 2429


Stall at Manning Valley Performance Horse Club Spring Show - Sunday 26th October 2014 at Taree Showground, Muldoon Street, Taree NSW 2430.


Stall at Burrell Creek Flower Show - Saturday 11th October 2014 at Burrell Creek Hall 9am - 3pm.


Stall at Tuncurry Artist Bazaar - Saturday 27th Sept 2014 at Tuncurry Memorial Hall, Point Rd Tuncurry NSW 2428. 9am - 3pm.


Stall at Tuncurry Artist Bazaar - Saturday 5th July 2014 at Tuncurry Memorial Hall, Point Rd Tuncurry NSW 2428 9am - 3pm.


Stall at Manning Valley Performance Horse Club & Coloured Horse Show - Sunday 23rd February 2014 at Taree Showground, Muldoon Street, TAREE NSW 2430. Originals, cards & small items pictured below will be available for sale.


Gypsy Cob & Friesian horse fridge magnets painted in oils.- all have now SOLD. Others available in the Etsy shop

YEAR OF THE HORSE Solo Exhibition 31st Jan - 31st March 2014 at Cafe Mediterrano 232 Victoria St, Taree NSW 2430. Ph 02 6552 4939. Cafe open 7 days Mon-Fri 7am - 3pm. Sat & Sun 8am - 12pm.

 "Manning River Times" 31/01/14. Photo by Carl Muxlow. Article by Lauren Green.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year from 31/01/14 - this year being the YEAR OF THE GREEN WOOD HORSE I designed this banner to hang as the main piece for my exhibition at the cafe. The symbols behind the painting portray the message of good luck in the colours associated with this horse - green, white, orange & the traditional red of the Chinese. Being a male (Yang) horse he is also a stallion.

Considered a year of good fortune & growth, the tree growing up through the horse is also a money tree - with 4 gold & silver leaves placed amongst the various shades of green leaves in the horse's mane & tail. It is auspicious to have even numbers - therefore the 12 leaves in his tail represent the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac & the 12 months of the year, the 24 leaves in his mane represent the 24 hours of the day & the 4 leaves floating around him are the 4 seasons. The new branches & light green leaves are new growth - & the horse is moving up & forward, as that is what this year is about.

He is outlined in rich gold, with 12 green & 12 red jewels positioned around him - for good fortune & wealth.

With 4 red hooves for good luck, grounding & stability - the horse is an animal that likes to keep it's feet on the ground & close to the earth. Horses are nervous on unstable ground.

2 peony roses are 1 of the flowers associated with the horse , & these 2 are in bright orange.

"FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES" poetry book by Kym Eitel - award winning bush poet. Kym passed away on 24th February 2014.

2013 - 2014 EXHIBITIONS



* ART IN THE VALE - Hannam Vale Hall, NSW. Opening night Good Friday 18th April 2014 at 6 pm. Exhibition closes Sunday 18th April at 4 pm.


* "YEAR OF THE HORSE" SOLO EXHIBITION - Opening Friday 31st January - 28th Februrary 2014 for the Chinese New Year at Cafe Mediterrano, 232 Victoria Street, Taree NSW 230. Ph 02 6552 4939. Open 7 days.


* SOLO EXHIBITION - "SPIRIT OF EQUUS" at Flying Changes - Maitland Vale, NSW.


* SCONE HORSE WEEK - May 2013. I will be exhibiting some equine works at this year's Horse Week festival at the SCONE ART SOCIETY EXHIBITION. Opening night Friday 10th May 2013 at 6.00 pm - 63 Kingdon St, Scone NSW. Exhibition closes Sunday 19th May at 2.00 pm.


* ART IN THE VALE - Hannam Vale Hall, NSW. Opening night Good Friday 29th March 2013 at 6.00 pm. Exhibition closes Easter Sunday 31st March at 4.00 pm. All artists are invited to enter up to 3 works each. Further enquiries to Julieanne Richardson - [email protected]

 Entries close Friday 22nd March 2013.


Article in "FOCUS" magazine - March 2013 (Great Lakes edition)


We are organising the annual "ART IN THE VALE" exhibition at Hannam Vale community hall over the Easter holidays this year & have been featured in the latest issue of "Focus" magazine.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Exhibition at Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW - 07/12/12 - 28/02/2013

TRAIL OF PAINTED PONIES finalist for the Australian Art competition 2012 - October 2012


How exciting to be 1 of the 8 finalists in the USA TRAIL OF PAINTED PONIES first Australian art competition! Voting is online at until November 5th 2012. "An Auzzie Christmas" Pony

 Congratulations & well done to all the finalists! Below are the prizes I chose as the NSW finalist.

"MANNING RIVER TIMES" - Friday 2nd November 2012


Artist feature in "HorseWyse" magazine - May 2012

 Artist feature in Australian "Artist's Palette" magazine Issue No. 104 (due out 25th November 2011)



UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS - 2012 where you can see my work.


* SOLO EXHIBITION - "SPIRIT OF EQUUS" at Flying Changes - Maitland Vale, NSW in June 2013.


* CAFE MEDITERRANO CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION - December 2012 at Cafe Mediterrano, 232 Victoria Street Taree NSW 2430. Opening night Friday 7th December 2012 at 6pm. Exhibition runs until February 2013,


* DUNGOG ART EXHIBITION - 96 Dowling Street, Dungog NSW 2420. Opening night Friday 6th September 2012 at 6.30pm. Exhibition open daily from Saturday 7th September 10am - Sunday 16th September 2012 3pm.


* TAREE OPEN ART EXHIBITION - Taree High School Hall, Macquarie Street, Taree NSW 2430. Opening night Friday 6th July 6.30pm. Exhibition open daily from Saturday 8th July 10am - 4pm. Closes Sunday 15th July 2012 2pm.


* TOCAL AGRICULTURAL FIELD DAYS - Tocal Agricultural College, Tocal Rd, Tocal NSW. Opening Friday 4th May - Sunday 6th May 2012 closes at 4.00pm. Art exhibition on display at The Chapel venue.



"Manning River Times" 24th December 2010

 "Great Lakes Extra" 30th December 2010        

* GROUP EXHIBITION - "THE FIFTH ELEMENT" with Phil Elsing, Kadek Wijaya & Michael Murphy at Your Home Choices Unit 1,6 Enterprise Court, Forster NSW 2428 from Monday 20th December 2010 - 31st January 2011. Artists celebration day 5.30pm Saturday 22nd January 2011  All welcome. email: [email protected]



 Fellow artist Tessa Chudy at the Cafe Mediterrano opening night (K.Bayer - photos)                                    

Artist - Lina Basile (photos - Karl Bayer)




"SUNLIGHT & SHADOW, LANSDOWNE RIVER" wins Highly Commended in Pastel section. Judge - Jude McBean.


GREAT LAKES OPEN ART EXHIBITION 16/04/11 opening night


"VIEW TOWARDS SYDNEY" wins Commended in Works on Paper. Judge - Robyn Collier

 (Photo by Ross Sutherland)

AUSTRALIAN PERFORMANCE HORSE YEARBOOK 2010 - Artist Feature   Artist feature in Western Performance Horse magazine.



* GROUP EXHIBITION - "BLUE SKIES, DRAGONFLIES & ROSES" with Marilyn Cranfield & Kath Mears to be held at the Morland Gallery, Isabella Street, Wingham NSW 2429 from 1st - 16th October 2010. Opening at 3.00pm Saturday 2nd October 2010. Please drop in for a look at our exhibition during this time.

* Display stall - Burrell Creek Flower Show on Saturday 16th October 2010 at the Burrell Creek Hall, Bucketts Way - 9am start. Artworks, photography, cards, prints & calendars available for sale.

Great Lakes Open Art Exhibition - opening night April 2009 (Photo - M.Casey)


BLUE SKIES, ROSES & DRAGONFLIES opening night 02/02/10


Highly regarded Australian artist Graham Cox attended the opening night & opened the show for us.                                           (Photo - C. Tanner)

(Photo - A. Cleaver)

BLUE SKIES, ROSES & DRAGONFLIES exhibition - October 2010 at The Morland Gallery, Wingham NSW

"MANNING RIVER TIMES" newspaper articles - October 2010


Photos by Scott Calvin 06/10/10

 Photos by Ashley Cleaver 08/10/10

TRAIL OF PAINTED PONIES, INC Artist feature in July E-magazine USA July 2010

My design "Melbourne Cup Racer" for the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup in November 2010 has been featured in the USA "TRAIL OF PAINTED PONIES, INC" e-magazine. See


THE WIZZARD - Friesian stallion - May 2010.

I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting gorgeous Baroque Friesian stallion "The Wizzard" & his owner Shirley just recently at the local showground & took some lovely photos of him & another Friesian gelding. There will be some paintings of these beautiful horses to come.


Article in "FOCUS" magazine - November 2009 (Great Lakes edition)




Four local artists were featured at the recent Upper Lansdowne Theatre Players Birthday Celebration in February at the Upper Lansdowne Hall. Newspaper & television media covered the event, which was well attended. 

Article in "THE LAND" newspaper - September 17th 2009

"Starburst Pony" - one of my acrylics in the Painted Ponies Series has been chosen by Retreat Hill Winery, Navasota, Texas USA as the design on their wine label for the release of their new wine called "Blazin' Blush" - a Texas White Zinfandel. The original painting now also hangs in the tasting room at Retreat Hill Winery & Vineyard.                      (Label designed by Hyde Park Label Company - Dallas, Texas USA)

"BLAZIN' BLUSH" Texas White Zinfandel multi award winning wine

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Featured works - My Online Reception Gallery for SOLO EXHIBITION GROUP January Host Hullabaloo 2010


Champion Painting at TAREE SHOW - October 2009 ORIGINAL SOLD

"SUNLIGHT & SHADOW, LANSDOWNE RIVER" wins 1st in Local Subject Open Art Section & Champion Painting.

Other recent awards include:


*1ST People's Choice : CAMDEN HAVEN SHOW, KENDALL NSW 2010

*1ST Pastel Section : COMBOYNE SHOW, COMBOYNE NSW 2010



*1ST Works On Paper : WALLAMBA SHOW, NABIAC NSW 2010

*1ST People's Choice : WALLAMBA SHOW, NABIAC NSW 2010

*1ST Pastel Section: WINGHAM SHOW, WINGHAM NSW 2010



Highly Commended in Pastel Section - SCONE ART PRIZE - September 2009



JUDGE - Jan Vincent 

2nd Prize in Pastel Section - TAREE OPEN ART EXHIBITION - July 2009


JUDGE'S COMMENTS - "Good use of medium. Draws the viewer in. Invites them up the path - great shadows. Well done." ( Marea Kozaczynski McCaig)


Article in "FOCUS" magazine - September 2008 (Great Lakes edition)



*EQUAL 3RD Members Prize - TAREE OPEN ART EXHIBITION July 2008 SOLD             



JUDGE'S COMMENTS - "Subtle use of colour and medium by artist - good perspective which draws the viewer into the painting." (Margaret Sivyer OAM)


Photo Finalist for Lower North Coast Photographic Art Prize - SALLY'S SUNRISE, LANSDOWNE June 2008


Previous awards - * HIGHLY COMMENDED Landscape Photo : Nabiac Show 2008                1ST - Lanscape Photo : Burrell Creek Flower Show 2011                                                    3RD - Landscape Photo : Lal Lal Photographic Exhibition 2011

*TRAPPINGS OF THE HORSE Exhibition - Manning Regional Gallery, Taree NSW June 1999


Article in "MANNING RIVER TIMES" newspaper June 1999.

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