Sarah Larsen, artist



Photographic portrait of Sarah Larsen by D.Rinaldis
Signture of Sarah Larsen, multi media artist and teacher, of Thangool, central Queensland, Australia

(photograph of Sarah Larsen above by Julieanne Parry, Capture, 0417 033 379)

Education & Workshops

*Healing arts courses:  Reiki 1&2, Touch for Health, Kinergetics 1
*Workshops offered include:  "Art & Soul - Intuitive Healing Art"
*2009:  Advanced Drawing Workshop - Geoff Dupress, Sunshine Coast
*2009:  Art Therapy Workshop - Jannie Leach, Rockhampton
*2005:  Mixed Media Workshop - Anneke Silver and Ron McBurnie, Magnetic Island
*2004:  Cooee Bay Art Workshop - Dennis Clarke and Peter Griffen
*2004:  Mixed media art workshops - Biloela, Glenden, & Cedar Galleries, Gladstone
*2004:  Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson, Dean of New York Studio School of Contemporary Art, at Adelaide Central School of Art
*2003: Cooee Bay Art Workshop - Bill Ferguson and Geoff La Gersch 
*2002:  Cooee Bay Art Workshop - Roy Orloff and Irene Amos
*2001:  attended a life drawing course with Arthur James on the Gold Coast.
*June 2001:  attended Rod Millgate workshop,Cooee Bay, Qld.

*June 2000:  completed Acrylics, Pastels & Drawing workshop, Cooee Bay, Qld, with Mr Bayla Invanyi, & Mr Tim Storrier, & Mr Giles Auty.
*May 2000:  attended Advanced Mixed Media workshop with Judith White at Millthorpe, NSW.
*1999: completed TAFE Workplace Trainer, Category 2 Level 4 studies.
*January 1999:  attended McGregor Summer School, Toowoomba, with Judith White.
*October 1998:  attended Maxine Thompson's portraiture workshop 
*June 1998:  attended Cooee Bay workshop with Andrew Sibley & Bayla Invanyi.
*1998:  won Callide Coalfields scholarship.
*Between 1996 & 2000: Flying Arts workshops, various tutors .
*Upon winning the Julian Ashton/Callide Coalfields scholarship, Sarah travelled to Sydney in 1995 to attend that intensive course.

About Sarah

Born in Nairobi, Kenya & educated there and in the United Kingdom, Sarah travelled extensively before settling in Australia in 1975.
Sarah paints in contemporary and traditional styles that are full of colour and energy. From her delicate silks, pen and ink sketches, pastels and watercolour works, to large multi-media assemblages, the rhythm and flow of energy are evident with each brushstroke.
"My interest in art stems from a fascination with colours and the feeling of people and land around me. My endeavour is to capture the innate essence and spirit of life, not simply to create a mirror image.   I predominately work on paper - frequently making my own, to achieve the exact feel I want, and canvas.  I use whatever medium the subject dictates, mixed-media being my favourite.  I paint about social issues which are important to me, enabling me to speak out through my art."
For that unique gift, Sarah creates pet portraits, on commission.

You can connect with Sarah via her Facebook page!

Sarah also manages the Biloela Yoga Facebook page.


*NAVA (National Association for Visual Artists)

*BAVA (Biloela Area Visual Artists)

*Flying Arts, Biloela, local representative

*Biloela Queensland Arts Council Inc.

*On Tour By Request participant

Photographic portrait of Sarah Larsen by D.Rinaldis

(photograph of Sarah Larsen above by 
Julieanne Parry, Capture, 0417 033 379)

Prizes & Awards

*Highly Commended, 2009 Capricorn Coast Art Festival
*Finalist, 2007 Sunshine Coast Art Prize
*1st, Flora & Fauna, Brigalow Arts Festival, 2006
*Capricorn Art Festival Award, 2006, acquired by Livingstone Shire Council, Qld
*Invited Exhibitor, Tattersalls Art Awards, 2005
*Australia Day Cultural Award Recipient, Banana Shire, January 26, 2005
*Capricorn Coast Art Festival:  First, open, 2004
*Brigalow Arts Festival:  First, section two, 2003
*"Spirit of the Outback" - Waltzing Matilda Art Show & Competition:  First, open, 2001
*Centenary of Federation Art Festival:  Second & Highly Commended, 2001
*Brigalow Arts Festival:  First, open, 2001, 2002, 2003
*"Spirit of the Outback", Waltzing Matilda Art Show & Competition:  First, 2001
*Brigalow Arts Festival:  First, open, 2000
*Capricorn Coast Arts Festival:  Highly Commended in Portraiture, 2000
*Capricorn Arts Festival: First in landscape/seascape 1999
*Brigalow Arts Festival: First prize, open, 1998
*Capricorn Coast Arts Festival: First in drawing 1998 
(Capelec Collection of Australian Art)
*Port Curtis Authority: First - Brigalow Arts Festival, 1997
*Callide Coalfields/Julian Ashton scholarships: 1994/1995 and 1998
*Gayndah Arts Festival: First in watercolour

Sarah Larsen with the Judge Myles Clacherty after winning the Capricorn Arts Festival Open Award on Friday night 30th April 2004.


Sarah frequently exhibits at local Biloela businesses, sells throughout Australia & overseas, & has also exhibited with and consigned her work to:

*Art House Gallery, Mackay, Qld

*Savile Galleries, Melbourne, Vic

*Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld

*Livingstone Shire Council collection, Yeppoon, Qld

*P&O Resorts, Heron Island, Qld

*Caplec Art Collection

*Walter Reid Centre, Rockhampton, Qld

*Banana Shire Council collection, Biloela, Qld

*Cedar Galleries, Gladstone, Qld

A toast to "Reef Magic"

See Sarah's work at: 

*Greenhill Galleries Adelaide
140 Barton Terrace,
West North Adelaide, SA
Tel:  +61 8 8239 0148

*Smart Artz
(Directors Sharon Dawson & Dianne Bartholomeusz)
2 Alfred Place,
South Melbourne  Vic
Tel:  +61 3 9690 8872

*Aarwun Gallery
(Director Robert Stephens)
11 Federation Square
Nicholls  ACT  2913
Tel:  +61 2 6230 2055
Fax: +61 2 6230 2056

*Art on Cairncross,
(Directors Jane Caraffi 
& Tony Gill)
Cairncross Corner,
Maleny  Qld  4552
Tel:  +61 7 5429 6404

*C.H.A.I. @ The Coffee House Luxury Apartments & Restaurant
(Owners Bob and Rosanne Eastmond)
51 William Street,
Rockhampton  Qld  4700
Tel:  +61 7 4927 5722


Sarah with Martin Abspoel, bronze sculptor, from the Netherlands, who she met at the Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, in 2003.
(Click the image to see it larger.)

Sarah met Martin Abspoel, bronze sculptor, from the Netherlands, at the Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, in 2003.  Click here to visit his web site.

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Flying Arts Inc.


Sarah Larsen participated in the Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Fortezza da Basso, 6-14 December, 2003.
Sarah participated in the Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Fortezza da Basso, Italy, 6-14 December, 2003.  This exhibition typically has 40,000 visitors, viewing the artworks of 600 artists, from 54 countries!
Click here to see Sarah's photos of the Biennale!

Georgie & Sarah

Exhibitions, Residencies, Tutoring & Festivals

*May 2012:  "Dry Horizons", Art on Cairncross, Maleny, Qld
*Solo exhibition, Cafe Aroma, Biloela - November 2011
*Group exhibition "Outback Walkabout", Longreach Hall of Fame - 2011
*Florence Biennale artists of Australia, 'Contemporanea' - November 2010
*Aramac art residency - October 2009
*Keynote speaker, Growing Your Practice Art Symposium, Bundaberg - September 2009
*2009:  Gladstone, Pioneer Valley (Mackay) - Mixed Media Magic
*2009:  "Eclectic Interpretations", Metro Arts,  Brisbane
*2008:  "Landmarx Brushmarx", Brisbane
*2008:  Springsure, Noosa, Mackay - Mixed Media
*2006 & 2007:  various

*"Fish Don't Drink Tea" solo exhibition, Biloela - 2007
*Flying Arts Tutor, QAC listed, On Tour By Request
*Tutors Exhibition, Grafton Regional Gallery - 2007
*Tutor Grafton - Autumn 2006, 2007
*Across the Range Exhibition - Greydon Gallery, Brisbane - 2006
*Tutor, TAFTA, BrisVegas - 2005, 2006
*Solo exhibition in Biloela - 2005
*Tutoring - Mixed Media Magic - at Charles Sturt University (MSCA) - Summer School 2004/2005, 2005/2006
*"Wanderings", at Oriel Gallery, Ascot, 8 Oct - 11 Nov 2004
*QAC solo art exhibition - 2004
*"Elemental Echoes" - Oriel Gallery, Ascot, October/November 2003
*Artist in residence - Redeemer Lutheran School, Biloela, Qld
*"Colours Eclectic" - solo exhibition and residency - Tracey Keller Gallery, Brisbane
*"Contours" - at Griffith Galleries, Treetops Resort, Tweed Valley, NSW, April-May 2002
*"Corrugated Crossroads" - at Biloela Civic Centre, November 2001
 *"Imprompt U" - at Viva Art, Paddington, 13 July - 9 August 2000
*Face en Face, New Farm, 2000
*"Wild Diversions" at
Trevenen House Gallery, New Farm from Nov.- Dec. 1999
*"El Nino Art" at Biloela, April 1998
*"Solo" at Cedar Galleries, Gladstone, 1997
*"Dreams" at Maleny, 1997
*"Be It, Don't Dream It" at Thangool, November 1996.

Other festivals and exhibitions:

*CHAI Exhibition, Rockhampton, 2007
*Invited exhibitor for Tattersall National Art Awards, Brisbane, 2005
*Mixed Group Exhibition with Art on Cairncross at Sejan Legal, Maroochydore, 2005
*Gallery 65, Rockhampton, December 2005
*Banana Shire Library Exhibition, 2005
*Queensland Arts Council exhibition at Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane - 2004
*Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea - Florence, Italy, December 2003
*"Eternal Echoes" - group exhibition - Salmon Gallery, Sydney in 2002
*Cooee Bay Artists Exhibition - touring Queensland, & overseas in 2002 & 2003
*Heron Island (P & 0) & Cedar Galleries Artists Retreat Exhibition 2001
*Cooee Bay Artists Exhibition, Rockhampton, 2000
*Watling Von Bibra Art Awards, Gold Coast, 2000
*Flying Arts exhibition 2000
*"Festivity" - a group exhibition - Jan 2000 -  Feb 2000
*DPI Vision for Change, 1999-2000
*Capricorn Arts Festival, 1997
*Martin Hanson Art awards, 1996-2001
*Brigalow Arts Festival, Biloela 1994-2002 (since inception)
*Safety Zone 1&2, Brisbane 1995, 1996
*Brigalow Bondings Collaborative, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Biloela 1993
*"Traces of Place" Brisbane 1991
*Warana Festival 1990

Teaching Positions & Community Work

*Grafton Arts Fest, 2007.
*Flying Arts, Biloela, tutor of  workshops, 2007 - current.
*Mixed Media workshops, Banana & Biloela, 2006, 2007.
*Mixed Media workshops, Brisbane Forum (TAFTA), 2006, 2007.
*Summer School Workshop, Murrumbidgee School of Creative Arts, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, January 2004, 2005, 2006.
*Adult mixed media workshops, Cedar Galleries, 2004.
*Redeemer Lutheran School, Biloela, Artist in Residence, 2004.
*Mixed media art workshop, Emmaus College, Rockhampton, July/August 2003.
*Biloela PCYC, "Youthscape", mixed media workshop for youth, May 2003.
*QAC mixed media workshops, Mungindi, NSW, February 2003.
*QAC mixed media art workshop, Moura, 2002.
*Artist in Residence, Redeemer Lutheran Primary School, Biloela, 2001 & October 2002.
*Winter School for the Central Queensland University, Gladstone campus, pastels & mixed media teacher, July 2001.
*QAC On Tour By Request, 2001, 2002, 2003
*Teacher and facilitator of Kids Art, an after school art program for primary and secondary school children, 1997-1999.
*QAC/PCYC childrens mask making workshop, Biloela, January 1997
*QAC adult acrylic and pastel workshop, Biloela, November 1998
*Therapy Art, Blue Nurses Callide Valley Respite Centre, May 1999
*Anglicare art teacher support worker for disabled clients
*Facilitator & President of the local AF Art Group
*Pastel Workshop (adults) in conjunction with TAFE workplace trainer 4/2
*Sets & backdrops designer & painter for local theatre group, TAPS.
*Commissioned to design, paint & install murals at Biloela medical practice, 1997/1998
*Illustrated "A Valid Excuse" by Trevor Shaw, a book of poetry, published June 1999
*President, Biloela Arts Council Inc
*Sarah has served on the RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) committee
*Private art tuition as required
*Various fund raisers.


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