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Awards won with various subjects and mediums:

Oil, Watercolour, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal, mixed media. 

My Art Journey

Annette Barker

I paint many large landscapes to give the feeling of being in the country side.

My large contemporary/abstract paintings are usually an impression of seascapes.

I like to paint and draw portraits and figures from life.

For about 3 years while working full time, I attended the School of Art Evening Classes, the tutor was Mike Taylor, who has art in the Australian National Gallery.

I painted and exhibited outdoor scenes with plein-air painters 'The Wednesday Group' for many years, commencing when I resigned from work to start a family. I enjoyed the company of the other artists in the group and the atmosphere in the Australian bush. I learned to paint from nature, and I also attended art workshops from top interstate artists, starting with two workshops with Reg Campbell from Bathurst, Colin Parker, Joshua Smith, portrait and still-life (he was the subject of Dobell's well-known portrait) and many others.

I was elected as Hon Secretary for the Artists Society of Canberra Inc. in May 1984 and again in 1985, a busy time when my four children were very young, the oldest was 7. (I was told that the Annual Ex. in 1985 was the first to make a profit.) - then elected to their Exhibition Committee many times.

For many years I was a member of the Canberra Art Workshop where I directly painted portraits, flowers and still life.

I voluntarily taught pensioners to paint – one morning a month at the 'Drop-in Centre' Cooleman Court – then one day a week at the Seniors Centre, Turner.

I then taught an evening art class at Philip College for a couple of years.

At ASOC's Summer Art Experience I was a volunteer helper for a few years about 2003. After that I attended a number of SAE art courses.

I exhibited in my daughter Kylie Heslop's 'Art Gone Wild' gallery which was in Bungendore NSW. She is a talented airbrush artist who paints traditional and custom art, winning airbrush art trophies at Summernats (car event) for three years in a row. She gave an airbrush demonstration at ASOC, about 40 members attended.

At the Queanbeyan Art Society, NSW, I teach water-media to a friendly art group.

Thursday's, 10.30-2pm (started many years ago). In a pioneer house (QAS art gallery) by the river, next to the cafe. (Gallery 02 62978181.)

In 2017 I was one of the four guest artists at the QAS 10 Annual Charity Art Show, City Walk, Canberra, ACT. (Near the Merry-go-Round.) This year's charity was Motor Neurone Disease. Guest artists donated a painting each for the raffle to help the charity.

It's very nice when some of my grandchildren are keen to show me their artwork.

I've exhibited in many local art shows for charities and schools, winning awards using various subject and mediums. I've had paintings in Aarwun gallery. I was among artists invited to exhibit at the Gininderra old school house gallery. I had also exhibited in the former 'Art Gone Wild' gallery in Bungendore, NSW.

Prizes in art shows:-

Yass, NSW, Berinba Arts Festival, 1st prize for a landscape in oil. (painted in plein-air).

Goulburn Traditional Ex. 2000; 1st prize 'A Scribbly Gum with Wattle' a large pastel.

Artists Society of Canberra (ASOC)

  • 2002, Annual Members Exhibition, Drawing 1 prize
  • 2008, Abstract/Contemporary, Commended 'Reflections' Padua, 1 prize 'Clouds over Gungahlin' Oil painting
Molonglo Catchment and QAS, 2008. Three prizes in the same Show, (then exhibited in 'The Q', at Queanbeyan, NSW):-
  • Overall Winner, large pastel 'Bush Gully'
  • Oil Section first prize 'Sunlit Qbn River'
  • Acrylic section first prize for 'Reverie' (sold to Qbn Council).
Along the Molonglo Competition, QAS,
  • 2013, Acrylic 3 prize, 'At Waters Edge - Bushfire'
  • 2015, Acrylic 1 prize. 'Rising Sun'.
  • 2015, 3 prize, oil, 'Greeting the Molonglo Sunrise'
  • 2016, 2 prize, Pastel 'Home for Wildlife'.
Queanbeyan Art Society,
  • Overall Winner – Portrait Section 'Her Stunning Eyes'.
  • 2013, Oil, 3 prize, 'Hot Colours of a Bushfire'
  • Buffet Express Art Ex.
. 2008, Portrait, Highly Commended 'Musician'.
  • Acrylic, Highly Commended 'Dawn' Qbn Leagues Club
. 2010 2 prize Acrylic, 'City Lights'
  • 2011 Any Other Media, 1 prize 'Country Scene'.
  • 2013 'Old 'n New in Nepal' 2 prize, large acrylic Qbn City Travel & Cruise Comp
  • 2015, Acrylic 1, 'Geranium Joy'
  • 2015, Oil 3, 'Light on the Golden Bush Wattle'
The Queanbeyan Age Abstract/Abstraction Competition
  • 2010, 1 prize Oil 'Radiance'
  • 2011, 1 prize Oil Section, 'Ethereal' Judge C. Primrose
  • 2015, Acrylic Section 3 'Aqua', judge Ray Barnett
  • 2016; Oil Section 2, 'Through the Forest', Judge Jan Vincent.

Wattle Time Open Art Exhibition, Cootamundra NSW

  • 2007, Overall 1st 'Most Outstanding Work of the Exhibition' $1500 prize
  • 2014, Open

Canberra Art Workshop;

  • 2007,1st prize inaugural Tom Parsons Memorial Prize, large pastel.
  • 2006, Annual Art Exhibition, a first prize with watercolour painting.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2011, 3rd prize in the Marine Section.

Cranleigh Special School, Invitation VIP Auction – large acrylic abstract donated.

Artpath exhibition 2016. 53 Colbee Court, Phillip ACT, 2nd prize $250 with "Taking a Well Deserved Break".  

Queanbeyan Art Society, 2019 June, Molonglo Conservation Group, Acrylic Third Prize "Sunlight on the River in Autumn".

Queanbeyan Art Society, 2019 July. Life Drawing Section. 2nd prize "Dreaming".

QAS, Nov 2020 Drawing "Ancient Pine" 2nd prize.

QAS, September 2020Miniature and Small Exhibition, 1st prize pastel "Vintage Tractor".

QAS October 2020 Pastel 3rd prize "Country Shed" (A Plein-air at Tharwa). 

Comments on my winning paintings written by judges:


Acrylic, 1'Rising Sun'

Rising sun and dancing waters -

colour is light and light is colour.

A joyous painting well done with well

composed balance of positive and

negative space. An inspiring


Judge: Karen Williams

Sponsored by ICON Water


Oil, 3 'Greeting the Molonglo Sunrise'.

Well handled colour capturing the moment when

the world really does appear to be an abstract

place. Colour, space and light overpower

all physical definition. Well done.

Judge: Karen Williams

Sponsored by ICON Water

Overall Winner – Portrait Section

'Her Stunning Eyes'

Very striking painting. Wonderful use of

complementary colours – enough green

against dominant red. Personality shows

through the richness of the background.

Excellent work.

Judges: J Ballis & J Greinke

Sponsored by Julie & Geoff Ballis


Acrylic 2

'Old 'n New in Nepal'

Beautiful glazing techniques

Judge: Kate Sheldon

Sponsored by Qbn Leagues Club

The Molonglo Catchment Group

Acrylic 3

'At Waters Edge – Bushfire'

Huge colour and feel. Huge

impact engaging with some mystery.

Sponsor: Molonglo Catchment Group


QAS Drawing-Portrait-Miniatures competition

Small Painting first prize

"Reflection" Oil

"This painting draws the viewer to the window.

The work on the iron roof and reflections to

are lovely. Beautiful colours.

2019 June, sponsored by Molonglo Conservation Group

Queanbeyan Art Society, Acrylic Third prize

"Sunlight on the River in Autumn".

"This is a painting to be contemplated. The autumn colours are well captured in the reflective surface of the river, but the painting also talks about the depths of the river. The viewer is drawn beneath the surface reflections to swim in the ebbs and flows of the shadowy current. The contrast between the two is conveyed successfully by the medium - impasto and washes and colour contrasts to create spacial emersion - nicely done!" (Judge Karen Williams)

2019 July Queanbeyan Art Society, Life Drawing 2nd "Dreaming" pastel.

"Sensitive use of line and colour. Great foot!"

2020 QAS Sept Small Painting 1st "Vintage Tractor". 'The technique gives the viewer the sense of a faded memory, a time past. Nicely done.'

QAS Nov. QAS Drawing "Ancient Pine" 2nd prize 'Expressive drawing technique. Good use of paper and drawing materials. Effective.'