On leaving school, Gwen began her career as a photographic artist. She soon graduated from wedding and portraits, to commercial photography, working for John Hearder in the city. There she prepared artwork for the famous “Petty Girl” calendars of the time. She also painted “stills” for the leading nightclubs of the era, such as Chequers and Princes as well as for the Philip Street and Her Majesty’s theatres.
She hand painted stippled miniatures for Monte Luke and Freeman Studios – an exacting craft, done in oils and very fine brushes as well as piecework for Sydney Studios.
By the time her three children were born, colour photography began to replace hand done work.
Gwen’s love of beautiful clothes led her to designing and she started her own label. She moved to the Philippines and used local labour to hand craft the garments. At the same time, she began some philanthropic work, building schoolhouses and sinking fresh water wells. This lasted over twenty years until Gwen suffered a heart attack and doctors advised a closure of this work.
She then began to teach acrylic painting and for the last fifteen years has indulged her love of art. Apart from some lessons in watercolours by Jenny Mc Naughton, she is otherwise self-taught and now teaches Watercolours, Oils and Acrylics at various venues.
Her paintings have been hung in overseas galleries and she has won various prizes at local Art Shows.
She is a past president, a position she held for 4 years. She conducts painting classes for the Society as well as giving workshops and demonstrations when requested by other art societies or for other events.
She is a past president of Continuum Art Society and also ran the Art Bazaar at Hazelhurst for some years.
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