Artist Profile
Bale, John
John and his grandson Robert, were the 2003 Mural Fest People's Choice Award winners.
Bale, Julian
Born in Falmouth in England in 1960, Julian migrated to Perth Western Australia in 1966. He studied art at the Perth Technical College where he gained a Diploma in Art Craft & Design. Later he ran his own graphic art business in Albany, exporting internationally to Japan and other Countries.

Since moving to Tasmania Julian has been instrumental in founding the Tasmanian Pastel Art Society and went on to operate the Gilbert Street Studio Workshops in Latrobe. Career highlights include a commissioned portrait of Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson and purchase of a mixed media work by the Minister of Education for a new office development.

Julian is a well-known and prolific Tasmanian artist who has a special interest in the use of colour and texture. Besides occasional stints as a judge in art competitions, Julian has been the owner and operator of several art studios, a member of many arts societies in Tasmania.
Bale, Robert
Robert and his grandfather John, were the 2003 Mural Fest People's Choice Award winners.
Bentley, David
David from Sheffield, Tasmania was the 2004 Mural Fest Judges' Choice Award winner.
Bishop, David
David's work has sold throughout Australia and overseas. His work embraces the nostalgia of Australia's bygone days of the miner and gold prospector, the farmer with bullock team and the plough horse.
Clancy, Mary
Mary was born in India in 1935, the daughter of an English officer in the Royal Airforce. As a child Mary returned with her parents to England, where she spent her girlhood days billeted in the countryside during bombing blitzes of World War Two. After marriage she spent some years in South Africa, before coming with her husband and two children to Adelaide. Later with part of her family she came to Tasmania settling beneath Mt Roland.

Mary is a self taught painter and enjoys painting her favourite subjects, birds and Mt Roland. Mary loves eagles and has painted a mural inside the Sheffield Bible Chapel depicting five eagles soaring above a rocky outcrop.
Clay, Jan
Jan is a local to Sheffield and is a photo realist oil painter, in recent years she holds demonstrations of the marble making process in her gallery studio.
Garvey, Sarina
Sarina from Rosebery, Tasmania was a finalist in 2003 Mural Fest. Sarina is a mural artist and signwriter.
Hansen, Birgitte
A Danish born artist, Birgitte comes from Newcastle, NSW where she received her art training. She is a highly qualified artist with an impressive list of awards and exhibitions to her credit.

Birgitte has worked on a significant number of murals mainly in the Newcastle area and was also commissioned to paint an official memorial to the Newcastle Earthquake for display at Christ Church Cathedral.
Hopkins, David
Tasmanian born, David served his apprenticeship as a lithographic artist in Melbourne specialising in advertising art. He has worked as a freelance graphic artist and commercial illustrator in Tasmania since 1961.

He has also done philatelic work and his work in watercolour and gouache is represented in national and international collections. He and his wife, Bev, established Devonport’s “Taswegia” which incorporates an historic printery and they produce illustrated greeting cards, stationery and giftware marketed Australia wide.
Lamrock, Bruce
Born and educated in Sydney, Bruce has a background of teaching art in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. Bruce now resides at Scottsdale.

Representations of his work can be found at the National Gallery, Canberra and the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston. His style places great emphasis on details.
Lendis, John
John was selected from a number of artists who applied to paint Sheffield’s first mural in 1986. John was born in England where he received his art training, specialising in Textile Design. He immigrated to Australia working mainly in Sydney as a commercial artist, and after holidaying in Tasmania discovered rugged Mt Roland and decided to stay. While living on the foot hills of Mt Roland he painted many of Sheffield’s murals. He now lives and works from a studio in Hobart.
Purdue, Cheyne
Born 1945 in Hobart, Cheyne began her art studies at the Launceston Technical College specialising in portraiture. After winning several prizes Cheyne moved to the mainland in 1963. She returned to Tasmania 10 years later and has furthered her career with several solo exhibitions.
Nilssen, Eva
From Hobart, Tasmania, Eva was the winner of the 2003 Mural Fest Judges' Choice Award winner.
Rossiter, Damian
Damian lives in Burnie and was recently involved with the PCYC Mural Project. Damian started working as a
volunteer mural artist with Burnie PCYC after graduating from TAFE with a diploma in Art/Craft & Design.
Samek, Tom
Tom was born in 1950 in Prague and moved to Hobart, Tasmania in 1973. The skills sets of a painter, sculptor, printmaker, mural artist, theatre set designer and film animator, have all led to major commissions for theatre set designs, book illustrations, magazine and CD covers, children's playgrounds, tapestry collaborations, sculpture and murals.

Tom has had exhibitions in the USE, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Japan and Singapore and is represented in several state galleries as well as private and corporate collections around Australia.

Spijkerbosch, Marc
Marc is an award winning mural artist and an expert in trompe l’oeil, he has been commissioned for many public art works and murals around the world.

Based in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Marc has been painting as a full-time artist for 15 years and has murals in India, Australia, the USA, and of course New Zealand.
Strickland, Wayne
Wayne is well known for his equestrian sculptures, he has worked as a display and graphic artist and as teacher of Graphic Art and Signwriting. Wayne studied art privately under Ron Revett in NSW and Greg Waddle of Tasmania and has had numerous shows and exhibitions in Tasmania and the USA.
Swiderski, Alicia
Alicia lives at the base of Mount Roland where she continues her life-long interest in painting landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes. Having trained and worked as an Architect in Poland, Alicia has lived in Sheffield since 1997. She is an active member of the local arts community, and has produced interpretative billboards for various places of interest in the Mount Roland district.
Tipper, Mark
Mark studied Fine Art at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education in Launceston and is now a signwriter. His artistic philosophy is based on realism and this can be seen in his works.
Treloar, Joanne
Joanne from Sheffield, Tasmania was a finalist in 2003 Mural Fest.
Wood, Paul
Paul was born in Victoria in 1954. He is a detail Draftsman who went on to complete a Diploma of Fine Art. Paul, his wife and their two boys moved to Tasmania in 1980 and have lived in the Kentish district since 1981.

In 1991 he painted The Kingdom painting entitled ‘To Such as These’ depicting a white wide-eyed healthy western child together with a gaunt starving coloured child from a third world country. This received world wide recognition and is currently hanging inside the Sheffield Bible Chapel.
Hutchison, Ron
Odgers, Margaret