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Sue Osborn is a practicing artist living in Drouin in West Gippsland. She enjoys using a range of mediums, including airbrushing, watercolour and welded metal sculpture, sometimes combining aspects of many of them in her work. Sue has developed a deep interest in the relationship between man and the environment and a concern for threatened and endangered species.

Generally her images are based on her own experiences and you can see evidence of her travels to Borneo, China, Ningaloo reef in W.A., free diving at Portsea and Flinders and scuba diving. She uses sketches, working on site and her own photos. She tries to immerse herself in the actual environment to develop and create these starting points.


Art feels good to make, yet I often stumble over my answer when people introduce me as an artist or ask if I am an artist. I would like to say yes, but like many others, I don’t know if I deserve the title. I am only just starting to realize that it doesn’t really matter. It just feels good to be creating and making things, learning new techniques and skills along the journey and meeting like-minded people.

I have been very fortunate over quite a long teaching career, mainly in the Arts and Technology, to have been able to learn many varied and interesting techniques. However, I really didn’t start to use them more seriously in my own art until the late nineties. So whether I am airbrushing on a very varied range of surfaces, using watercolour, sketching, taking photos or using a range of metal working techniques etc, it is just a really good feeling.

I love exploring nature, creating a sense of beauty as I see it, or sometimes simply challenging the viewer. My images are mostly based on my own sketches, working on site and from my own photos. I try to immerse myself in the actual environment to develop and create these starting points. One of my aims is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.


Julie Gray Wickham is responsible for the new show at the Red Tree Gallery. It is called Out West Art and has Julie and her students work presented together. The classes are based in Julie’s Gallery and studio ,Yanco, at  410 Old Sale Road Drouin West

Julie comments that the works are so varied there will be something to suit all interests with works in Pastel, Acrylics, Pencil, and Watercolour.

The opening is Saturday 6th of February at 2.00 and covid restrictions will apply. However drinks and nibbles will be served  so come and make it a pleasant occasion. The sculpture garden and the verandah will cope with extras.

The show will go for most of February

Helen’s linocuts celebrate National Parks and other protected places. Birds are often depicted. She believes our many connections with landscape contribute to wellbeing. These landscapes – inland, alpine and coastal, and the flora and birdlife particular to them, hold a special significance for her as an artist. Through her work she seeks to raise an awareness in others, pointing out the fragility, beauty and diversity of the environment.

For many years art played an important part in Lynne Coade’s life.  She has been fortunate to not only to enjoy creating art personally but that she also used art as a vessel to help others as a Therapist.  After completing formal education at Monash University where she graduated with a B.B. Science; a Grad Dip in Child. P.S and a Grad Dip in Family Therapy at the Gilead Downs Family Therapy Centre.   Lynne was able to infuse art into her client work practices as well as art therapy and interpretation, and analysis of individual client artwork.

Lynne’s art has been influenced by the old masters of impressionism; they have inspired her to paint with oils and she uses this as her predominant medium.  Many of her current painting practices are driven by a sense of exploration of visual and lasting memories. When Lynne paints, she partners a piece of work with music, with the mood set, she’s able to develop a deeper perception of colour and likes to apply texture with brushstrokes to her artwork. She favours the genres of landscape, portrait, still life and more recently life portrait.

In more recent times, there are two artists that inspired her in art and each played a major role in the development of Lynne’s painting style. It was during her travels overseas that Lynne met and received professional art guidance from a well-known International Canadian artist and tutor, Dene Croft, based in Vancouver. Also a distinguished Melbourne based artist David Chen, who is currently her tutor.

In her exhibition titled “Lasting Impressions”, Lynne’s visual memory unfolds to interpret colour, light, and reflection seen within a cloud or a wave on the beach that caught her eye. Lynne’s art becomes an emotional response to that memory and the way she felt. Lynne has used an acrylic under painting to some of these works to enrich the depth of colour.

"Lasting Impressions” was inspired when Lynne Coade visited Cape Patterson Victoria, the Great Ocean Road and New South Wales, and also from her personal memories. “Cape Patterson Rocks”, won a Highly Commended at the Warragul Rotary Art Exhibition in 2019.

Lynne Coade is a long standing member of the Sherbrooke Art Society spanning over several decades and more recently the Baw Baw Arts Alliance.”


Celebrating the Year of the Ox

Cathy Smith


Ox: any domesticated bovine animal kept for milk or meat; a cow or bull.

noun: ox; plural noun: oxen


Chinese Horoscope 2021 – Year of the Metal Ox.

In the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is very hardworking and methodical. 2021 is going to be a year when work will get rewarded.  This year will be lucky and perfect to focus on relationships, whether friendships or love.

People born in the Year of the Ox are reliable, strong, fair, patient, kind, methodical, calm, and trustworthy. Not all the traits are positive though; oxen are also opinionated and stubborn.  But while they are also perceived as being less social and lacking in communication skills, those born in the Year of the Ox greatly value their close relationships, making them loyal friends.

Several people have seemed bemused when told the theme of my work is Year of the Ox.  I am bemused by their surprise that my work in 2021 relates to cattle.

Excepting a few years spent in Melbourne while studying, my habitat has always included the bovine (this may explain my slow demeanour).  I grew up on a dairy farm, feeding calves when 5 years old and milking from the age of seven.  For the last forty years Jeff and I have farmed beef cattle (much easier than dairy farming).

My artwork continues to reflect aspects of my surroundings, natural phenomena and environmental concerns

The majority of work shown here has been developed from a cutout of a small black dancing cow originally used in a large and changing month-long installation Red soil/black soil at WGAC in 2013.  (see right)

She is the sole survivor of a group of 5 Angus cows who took up less than .05% of the work.  Somehow saved from both truck and green dream, she waited patiently in a box of assorted notes and drafts, and has now morphed into a new set of 5 sketches that are the basis of the work here.

What about the Horns?

Most cattle breeds are naturally horned.  Dairy cattle in particular, usually have their horn buds removed when young.  This is to improve safety in the herd (and for the farming family).  Having had a small number of Scottish Highland Cattle in with a large group of Angus cattle I have seen the generous area of personal space granted to horned bovines.

For as long as records are available, a few cattle breeds, including Angus, have been naturally polled (hornless), affording an advantage in terms of unbruised meat available for human consumption, if not in terms of natural assertiveness.

What’s with the Ox in a Box?

This lady combines the head of a somewhat grumpy ox from a Bosch Nativity (see right) painting with other variations of the original image.

Why the red hoofs/shoes?

Red = Happiness, Success and Good Fortune (

Red represents fire and is the most popular colour in China. It is also the national colour representing happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success and good fortune and lavishly used in festivals and other important events and celebrations.  Red envelopes are stuffed with money and given as gifts during Chinese New Year.  (the artist is happy to graciously accept any such contributions)

The Red Shoes is a 1948 British film which follows Victoria Page a ballerina who joins the world renowned Ballet Lermontov.

Cows are herd animals, forming social groups, and running creches where they take turns guarding calves daily while the rest of the group feed.  As suggested on social media, although strictly herbivores, politically left-leaning bovine can be easily identified by their need to wear red shoes in an attempt to disguise possible blood spills made during the consumption of the life fluids of defenseless children.

And no, I was not born in the Year of the Ox.

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