2019 Poem
"Beauty Surrounds Us"
by Pauline Baker

As we travel life’s busy roads,
Across oceans vast and wide,
We see a world of inspiration,
As beauty surrounds us.

mural name: The Voyager
artist: Shane Walker
winner: Judges' Choice Award
With a convenient world at hand it is easy to loose track of the simple joys in life, companionship, adventure and the beauty of our natural outdoor environment. Setting off on a new adventure the horizon line leaving questions unanswered, “What else is waiting out there to be discovered?”

mural name: Promenade
artists: Marc & Debbie Spijkerbosch
Highly Commended & Visitors' Choice Award
Stepping into an artistic promenade - a journey of discovery and inspiration where nature’s beauty surrounds us.

mural name: Pit of the Belly
artists: Sharon Gonzalez & Raysa Rodriguez
We present a man surrounded by water as an "island-man". He's laying almost life-less, he's heart is weighed down by time and a mechanistic approach to life. Butterflies sprout from his belly. Amidst, life comes from within and around us.

mural name: Picnics in Paradise
artists: Julian Bale
Inspired by all the beauty that nature has to offer, escaping the crowded city, our happy traveller embarks on a journey of discovery visiting rainforests, lakes and islands. If you look closely you can see the final destination mirrored in the sunglasses that she is wearing.

mural name: Distance
artists: Jarrad Martyn
Distance interprets the poem by referencing how travel allows one to appreciate new experiences, such as our engagement with nature. The two climbers encourage associations to feeling small amongst the complexity of nature, from the spatial vastness of a landscape to the regimented structure of a beehive.

mural name: The Bkue Lagoon
artists: Lindsay Gardam
The sun is setting, the new moon is shimmering across the ocean. The air is warm and full of scents and colours. Frangipani, Poinciana, a little humming bird and an amorous greater bird of paradise. People arriving home on their water highway as beauty surrounds us in the north of Australia.


mural name: Roads to Inspiration
artists: Patricia Smart & Ollie Grohs
Highway’s cross over the Mural. From Tropical, Arctic and Antarctic oceans to the splendour of nature. The designs are from diverse cultures inspired by the world around them. The kittens are the heart of the mural, a symbol of the beauty of love which surrounds us in the everyday.

mural name: Marine Parade
artists: Steve Monk
From my home, a twenty minute trip down scenic Beach Road with it’s ocean views and beachside homes leads you to another place that encompasses a world of oceans far and wide – the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium, a place where Beauty truly surrounds us.


mural name: Spaces Splashes and Specialties
artists:Judy & Jon Nelson
Tasmania's westcoast wilderness is vast and rugged, the home to the endemic Leatherwood plant (Eucryphia lucida). The nectar from these rainforest flowers are a favourite food source for the hardworking honey bees who pollinate these ancient trees and in turn produce a world renowned honey, unique to our island state.

2019 Mural Fest Artist Profile

Marc and Debbie Spijkerbosch - New Zealand
In the last 25 years, Marc has painted some 500 trompe l’oeil (illusion) works for hotels, restaurants, residential, civic and corporate clients. His work sees him travel extensively around New Zealand, with murals in Australia, India, and the United States. Marc’s wife Debbie has always been a team member, though now finds herself assisting more and more with a brush on mural projects.
Marc won the judge’s award at the International Mural Fest, Sheffield, Tasmania in 2008, 2009. and again in 2010 and joint winner with Julian Bale in 2011

Judy & Jon Nelson
Judy and Jon, both retired Graphic Design/ Communication teachers live and work from their home in Westbury, Tasmania. Between Judy’s art and craft business “handmade at No. 4” and exhibiting her paintings in various group shows, both have been very busy renovating their home, studio and garden which was damaged during the June 2016 floods.

Jarrad Martyn
Jarrad has exhibiyed his work over a broad range of genres and venues including;
The Golden State, Turner Galleries Engine Room, Northbridge WA 2016 Abando
The Butcher Shop, Northbridge WA
Tyrant Lizard King, PS Art Space, Fremantle WA
Cream 5 – Looking through the Image, Emerge ART SPACE, Inglewood WA
‘reincarnation’, Stala Contemporary, Friday’s Studio, West Perth WA 2017

Julian Bale - Kimberley, Tasmania
Julian has tied for the 2010 Mural Fest Judges' Choice Award.

Julian, born in Falmouth in England in 1960, is now well-known in Tasmania’s North West as a mural and pastel artist. He has had many successful exhibitions and other mural projects to his name. He has a special interest in the use of colour and texture. As a member of many arts societies in Tasmania, Julian has been instrumental in founding the Tasmanian Pastel Art Society. Career highlights include a commissioned portrait of Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson.

Lindsay Gardam
Born Wynyard Tasmania 1946. Did art at high school, but nothing more until on a working holiday in South Africa and Zimbabwe as a young man.
During 1970s and 1980s made half my living from painting Tasmanian Landscapes. Had my own gallery during the 80s, and many exhibitions around Tasmania. But, I really enjoy painting portraits most.
I have in more recent times gone back to Africa, in fact first painted murals in Botswana. Now retired in Sheffield and involved in local community art projects.

Patricia Smart - Bullaburra, New South Wales
“I live in the Blue Mountains in N.S.W. I have been a professional Mural artist for 22 years. My formal training is in printmaking but I enjoy all forms of art including sculpture and photography. Being an Artist is a way of life for me and nothing makes me happier than creating something new.”

2008 Mural Fest Peoples' Choice Award winner.

Shane Walker - New Zealand
Supreme Award, New Zealand Mural Festival 2015"
Peoples Choice Award, New Zealand Mural Festival, 2015, 2017
Miles Art Awards finalist, 2018
Adam Portraiture Award Finalist, 2016

Sharon Nichole & Raysa Raquel - Puerto Rico
Ella es la Mujer Maravilla I Warner Bros. Pictures I Santurce, Puerto Rico
Centenario de Abelardo Diaz A/faro I Caguas, Puerto Rico
Museo de/ Mar I San Juan, Puerto Rico

Steve Monk - Victoria
Several commended, highly commended awards at local, regional and Rotary shows.