(photograph of Sarah Larsen
above by Julieanne Parry, Capture, 0417 033 379)
Education & Workshops
*Healing arts courses: Reiki 1&2, Touch for Health,
*Workshops offered include: "Art & Soul - Intuitive
*2009: Advanced Drawing Workshop - Geoff Dupress, Sunshine Coast
*2009: Art Therapy Workshop - Jannie Leach, Rockhampton
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
*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.
& 2000: Flying Arts workshops, various tutors .
winning the Julian Ashton/Callide Coalfields scholarship,
Sarah travelled to Sydney in 1995 to attend that
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
For that unique gift, Sarah creates pet portraits, on commission.
connect with Sarah via
also manages the
Biloela Yoga Facebook page.
*NAVA (National Association for
*BAVA (Biloela Area Visual Artists)
*Flying Arts, Biloela, local
*Biloela Queensland Arts Council Inc.
*On Tour By Request participant
(photograph of Sarah Larsen
Julieanne Parry, Capture, 0417 033 379)
Prizes & Awards
*Highly Commended, 2009
Capricorn Coast Art Festival
*Finalist, 2007 Sunshine Coast
*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
Festival: First, section two, 2003
*"Spirit of the
Outback" - Waltzing Matilda Art Show & Competition:
First, open, 2001
*Centenary of Federation Art Festival: Second & Highly
*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,
*Capricorn Arts Festival: First in landscape/seascape 1999
*Brigalow Arts Festival: First prize, open, 1998
*Capricorn Coast Arts Festival: First in drawing 1998
Collection of Australian Art)
*Port Curtis Authority: First - Brigalow Arts Festival,
*Callide Coalfields/Julian Ashton scholarships: 1994/1995 and
Arts Festival: First in watercolour
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,
*Caplec Art Collection
*Walter Reid Centre,
*Banana Shire Council collection, Biloela, Qld
*Cedar Galleries, Gladstone, Qld
*Greenhill Galleries Adelaide
140 Barton Terrace,
West North Adelaide, SA
Tel: +61 8 8239 0148
(Directors Sharon Dawson & Dianne Bartholomeusz)
2 Alfred Place,
South Melbourne Vic
Tel: +61 3 9690 8872
(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)
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
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Sarah met Martin Abspoel, bronze sculptor, from the Netherlands,
at the Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, in 2003.
to visit his web site.
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!
to see Sarah's photos of the Biennale!
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
Biennale artists of Australia, 'Contemporanea' - November 2010
*Aramac art residency -
*Keynote speaker, Growing Your Practice Art Symposium, Bundaberg -
*2009: Gladstone, Pioneer
Valley (Mackay) - Mixed Media Magic
*2009: "Eclectic Interpretations", Metro Arts,
*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
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.
festivals and exhibitions:
*Invited exhibitor for Tattersall National Art Awards, Brisbane, 2005
*Mixed Group Exhibition with Art on Cairncross at Sejan Legal,
*Gallery 65, Rockhampton,
*Banana Shire Library Exhibition, 2005
*Queensland Arts Council exhibition at Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane
*Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea - Florence, Italy,
*"Eternal Echoes" - group exhibition - Salmon Gallery, Sydney
*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 -
*DPI Vision for Change, 1999-2000
*Capricorn Arts Festival, 1997
*Martin Hanson Art awards, 1996-2001
*Brigalow Arts Festival, Biloela 1994-2002 (since
*Safety Zone 1&2, Brisbane 1995, 1996
*Brigalow Bondings Collaborative, Brisbane, Rockhampton
and Biloela 1993
*"Traces of Place" Brisbane 1991
& 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
*Biloela PCYC, "Youthscape", mixed media workshop for youth,
*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
and facilitator of Kids Art, an after school art program for primary and secondary school
*QAC/PCYC childrens mask making workshop, Biloela, January 1997
*QAC adult acrylic and pastel workshop, Biloela, November
*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,
*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)
*Private art tuition as required
*Various fund raisers.