Roz McQuillan, Melbourne Member Since January 2013 Artist Statement Roz McQuillan graduated from R.M.I.T. with the Diploma of Illustration, and worked in children’s book illustration for many years. She has a passionate interest in portraits and the figure, and works in a number of mediums, including pastel, charcoal and conte, pen and ink, gouache, watercolour, acrylics, pencil, photography, mixed media, and currently, oils. Her work, including commissioned portraits and nudes, is represented in many private collections, both Australian and International, and she has won a number of prizes and Highly Commendeds. Her work was also featured on Sarasvati Fine Art Virtual Gallery.
Recent awards include ~ Best in Show, Brighton Art Society Annual Art Exhibition 2009 and 2010 Highly Commended, Aust. Guild of Realist Artists Summer Show 2009 Best Painting by a Bayside Artist, Porsche Bayside Art Show 2010 Selected finalist in the Alice Bale Art Prize 2008, 2010, 2012 Best Nude or Portrait, Brighton Art Society Annual Art Exhibition 2011 Highly Commended, Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2012 First Prize, Melb. Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Annual Exhibition 2012 Highly Commended, Brighton Art Society Annual Exhibition 2012.
‘I developed a love of drawing as a child, when I first drew my ageing auntie in the bath. I have always been fascinated by people, their character and the individuality of their faces, which has led to my passionate interest in portraits and figurative work. My nudes are real people, not generic or idealized. I strive to capture the essence of a person and their uniqueness. My other fascination is with the drama of light, and the way it shapes and changes objects, enhances composition, and creates mood.’