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Marlsart originals

Love Australia? Love Art? Let my passion be yours!

Marlene Millard - Marls

I was born in rural Victoria and now live near Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.


“You may take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl!”


This is descriptive of why I paint and draw the subjects that I do.

I'm a farmers' daughter and my paintings are reflective of my background of growing up on the land.

My love of horses has been life long and I began drawing horses as a young girl; over and over again.

I like my art to tell a story. Sometimes the story is about good working dogs and how they manage the cattle and sometimes it's the tranquility of a windmill beside a dam, or the majesty of a bottle tree on the hill. Sometimes it's about our native flora or fauna.

And sometimes it's the pure and simple blessing of seeing the sun rise.


I appreciate all of this and rural Australia will always inspire me.


My artwork is always produced from Artist Quality products

and framed to an archival standard by an internationally accredited master framer.


Mostly self taught throughout childhood and adolescence;

as an adult I then studied for a Diploma in Complete Commercial Art & Graphic Design

followed by various Art Workshops to expand my knowledge and skills.

But no amount of lessons or books can replace practice, practice and more practice.

When asked "How long did that take to paint?"; the answer is

"A lifetime!......

of practice, experimentation, failures, learning from the failures, frustration, disappointment

and sometimes great satisfaction".

An integral part of development for an artist, is to always be challenged, so you can continue to improve your skills.


Over the years I have won various awards, written a demonstration article published in

the Australian Artist Magazine and exhibited solely and with groups.

Currently I produce paintings for commissions, exhibitions and competitions; along with teaching drawing and pastels.  

Marlsart Links

Marlsart Facebook Page www.facebook.com/marlsart

Marlsart Instagram www.instagram.com/marlsart_marlene.millard

Marlsart Buy Art Now https://www.buyartnow.com.au/marlene-millard

Marlsart Pinterest pinterest.com.au/marlenemillard1/marlsart

Current Memberships

Pastel Society of Australia Inc. www.ozpastels.com

Flying Arts Alliance Inc. www.flyingarts.org.au

Outback Creative. www.outbackcreative.com.au

Buy Art Now. www.buyartnow.com.au 

Education & Training

Stotts Correspondence College of Melbourne 2003

  • Diploma in Complete Commercial Art & Graphic Design with High Distinction
  • Certificate in General Commercial Art & Graphic Design with High Distinction
  • Certificate in Computers in Art with High Distinction
  • Certificate in Show Card & Ticket Writing with Distinction

Various Workshops in Design, Drawing, Charcoal, Pastel, Oil, Watercolour and Mixed Media with the following Artists.

  • Cynthia Hargraves
  • Colley Whisson
  • Lyn Diefenbach
  • Maxine Wild
  • Ann-Maree Reaney
  • Kay Nykiel
  • James Guppy
  • Suzanne Bushell
  • Peter Dwyer
  • Christina Kent
  • Karen Laird

Exhibitions

  • 2020 - Solo Exhibition "My Country Core", RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre, Eidsvold, Qld.
  • 2019 - Solo Exhibition "Marlsart", Rockhampton, Qld.
  • 2018 - Beef Australia Exhibit at Mi Art Gallery, Rockhampton, Qld.
  • 2017 - Joint Exhibition "Pigments In The Genes", Aireys Inlet, Vic.
  • 2015 - Beef Australia Exhibit at Mi Art Gallery, Rockhampton, Qld.
  • 2007-12 - Continual display at the Pilbeam Theatre - Rockhampton, Qld.
  • 2009 - Solo Exhibition "Not Just Animals" - Rockhampton, Qld.
  • 2006 - Joint Exhibition "Two Artists One Vision" - Rockhampton, Qld.
  • 2000 - Solo Exhibition "Reflections & Memories" - Newman, WA.
  • 1997 - Joint Exhibition "Coloured In Paper & Clay" - Mackay, Qld.
  • Joint Exhibition "From The Coalfields To The Coast" - Mackay, Qld.
  • Joint Exhibition "From The Coalfields To The Coast" - Dysart, Qld.
  • Various other Art Society Member Exhibitions.

Other Experience

  • Teaching various classes, private lessons and workshops in drawing and pastel.
  • 2015 - Artwork feature in Art/Edit Magazine
  • 2013 - Selection - Bayton Award, Rockhampton, Qld.
  • 2011-12 - President RQAS Rockhampton Branch Inc.
  • 2010 - Judge, Brigalow Art Festival Competition - Biloela, Qld.
  • 2009 - Feature/Demonstration Article published in the Australian Artist Magazine
  • 2005-08 - Employee at Mi Art Gallery - Rockhampton, Qld.
  • 1999-2000 - Coordinator Pilbara Art In Action - Newman, WA.
  • Volunteer Pilbara Art In Action - Newman, WA.
  • Assisted in the organisation of Art Exhibitions held in the BHP Silver Jubilee Gallery - Newman, WA.
  • Newman Senior High School Coordinator for the 'State Images Community Art Competition', Newman WA.
  • Provided 4 days Work Experience for a Newman Senior High School Student - Newman, WA.
  • 1998 - Selection - Flying Arts Central Region "Disconnections" Exhibition - Rockhampton, Qld.
  • Designed 5 Christmas Street Banners for the Broadsound Shire, Dysart, Qld.
  • 1996 - Selection - Touring Exhibition, Blackall 150 Years in Major Mitchells Tracks, Qld.
  • Selection - Flying Arts Central Region "Transitions" Exhibition - Gladstone, Qld.
Licence of Images

Rockhampton Regional Council:- "Heritage - Windmill"

- "Heritage - Rackemann's Cottage"

- "Heritage - Rosewood Homestead"

- "Heritage - Wishing Well"

- "Heritage - Church"

- "Heritage - Arnold's Store"

School Grounds Cafe:- "Blackboy Study VIII"


Support by Donation of Artwork

2021 Duaringa Charity Golf Day - Ltd Edition Reproduction - "Eyebull"

2021 Cancer Council of Australia - Daffodil Day Fundraiser - "Daffodil Day"

2019 Riding for the Disabled, Raffle Prize- Ltd Edition Reproduction - 'The Lunge'

2019 RACQ, Raffle Prize- "Kookaburra Study"

2017 JAG Drivers Club Qld. Capricornia, Raffle Prize - "Jag E-Type"

2017 Dolly's Dream Charity Event - Ltd Edition Reproduction

2016 Flying Doctors Charity Event - "Apart, But Together"

2012 Cathedral of Praise Charity Auction - "Simplicty"

2010 RSPCA, Raffle Prize- "In Disgrace"

2009 RQAS Rockhampton, Raffle Prize- "Little Scamps"

2009 Victorian Fire Charity Auction - "Candy Petals"

2009 Victorian Fire Charity Auction - "Trail To Water"

2008 Shalom/Carinity Aged Care - 'Dusk Glow"

2003 Dysart Golf Club, Fundraising Auction - "Dysart Golf Club 2003"

2001 Dysart Golf Club, Fundraising Auction - "Dysart Golf Club 2001"


Awards

2019 - Special Merit Certificate - Animals Art Competition - Light Space Time Online Art Gallery

2018 - Honourable Mention Certificate - Animals Art Competition - Light Space Time Online Art Gallery

2017 - Winner - Pastel Society of Australia Inc. General Members Online Competition.

- Merit Award - Oil/Acrylic - Blackwater Annual Art Competition, Qld.

- Merit Award - Other Medium - Blackwater Annual Art Competition, Qld.

- Special Merit Certificate - All Women Art Competition - Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

2016 - Second Prize - Pastel Society of Australia Inc. General Members Online Competition

- Second Prize - Pastel Society of Australia Inc. General Members Country Online Competition

- Special Merit Certificate - Seasons Art Competition - Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

- Special Recognition Certificate - Botanicals Art Competition - Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

- Special Recognition Certificate - Landscapes Art Competition - Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

- Special Recognition Certificate - All Women Art Competition - Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

2015 - Special Recognition Certificate - Animals Art Competition - Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

2013 - Highly Commended - Traditional - Blackall Heartland Festival Art Exhibition, Qld.

- Highly Commended - Landscape - Blackall Heartland Festival Art Exhibition, Qld.

2012 - Second Prize - Pastel & Drawing - Blackall Heartland Festival Art Exhibition, Qld.

2011 - Second Prize - Open Portrait - Blackall Hearland Festival Art Exhibition, Qld.

2010 - Winner - Pastel Society of Australia Inc. Country & Interstate Members Competition.

- Winner - Peoples Choice - Royal Qld. Art Society Rockhampton Branch Exhibition.

2009 - Winner - Pastel Society of Australia Inc. Country & Interstate Members Competition.

- Winner - Mixed Media - Blackwater Annual Art Competition, Qld.

- Winner - Peoples Choice - Royal Qld. Art Society Rockhampton Branch Exhibition.

- Highly Commended - Pastel - Blackwater Annual Art Competition, Qld.

- Commended - Open - Capricorn Coast Art Festival, Yeppoon, Qld.

2008 - Highly Commended - Flora & Fauna - Capricorn Coast Art Festival, Yeppoon, Qld.

2006 - Highly Commended - Other Medium - Blackwater Annual Art Competition, Qld.

- Commended - Flora & Fauna - Capricorn Coast Art Festival, Yeppoon, Qld.

- Notable Entry - Australian Artist Magazine Art Prize Challenge No.24.

2005 - Winner - Other Medium - Blackwater Annual Art Competition, Qld.

2004 - Winner - Best Local Artist - Blackwater Annual Art Competition, Qld.

- Joint Winner - Peoples Choice - Royal Qld. Art Society Rockhampton Branch Exhibition.

2003 - Highly Commended - Local Artist - Blackwater Annual Art Competition, Qld.

2001 - Winner - Peoples Choice - Dysart Art & Craft Festival, Qld.

1999 - Winner - Peoples Choice - Fortescue Art Prize, Newman, WA.

- Highly Commended - Fortescue Art Prize, Newman, WA.

1998 - Winner - Peoples Choice - Dysart Art & Craft Festival, Qld.

1997 - Winner - Peoples Choice - Dysart Art & Craft Festival, Qld.

1996 - Winner - Peoples Choice - Dysart Art & Craft Festival, Qld.

1980 - Winner - 1st & 3rd - Geelong Show Fine Arts Competition, Vic.

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