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Sandra R. Phryce-Jones (Nee S.R. Finn)
Search terms: traditional painting, botanical, fauna/flora, portraits, landscape, seascape, still life, watercolour, acrylic
My journey in art began at the tender age of 5 in England 1954. My dear father Phillipe would devote Sunday afternoons to "what would you like me to draw". These inspirational Sundays fed my desire to draw like my dad... he could draw anything animals, people, cars and everything in between.
"Do not go to art school! You will spoil your own style, let it come naturally" said my father, which I did not understand then but do now. But after we moved to Australia in 1962 I left school and did a short stint in nursing, which I may say added a wonderful depth to my life as an artist and in honour of my father's wish I took myself of to Toronga Park Zoo is Sydney on many weekends to study animals close up. This was a great way to learn how to sketch quickly and such an enormous range of animals to inspire any artist.
Then I did go to art school - Medowbank Tech, Julian Ashtons and The Royal Art Society - all in Sydney.
One of my favourite tutors was Frederic Bates
who inspired me to appreciate translucent watercolour. His wonderful
gift of sharing his knowledge and how he imparted this was my
greatest drive to share what I have learnt with others.
This was followed by a career in commercial art for 30 years in advertising agencies, newspapers, as a freelance graphic artist, photographic retoucher and illustrator in Sydney.
A sea change in country New South Wales led me to be more resourceful. I have been a tutor in art for 15 years to people aged 6 to 80 years; privately and for adult education, running many student exhibitions and exhibiting with them.
Teaching and sharing art is a way for me to reach out and touch and encourage others to express themselves in this wonderful world called Art.
1976 - The City of Sydney Exhibition, New South
The Lodge Cafe and Bellingen Framing Gallery,
Bellingen, New South Wales