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Our Artists

Joan Costanzo

Joan Costanzo

Well known for her vibrant colour, unusual viewpoints, and variety of techniques and mediums, Joan’s works range between ‘reality’ and abstract expressionism.

Over the last eighteen years, she has exhibited regularly, and has sold over a hundred paintings during that time.

Joan feels very much in tune with Francis Bacon’s comment “Images are a shorthand for reality”, as this gives her the freedom to explore creating whatever images of objects, people, landscapes, feelings, or memories seem apt on the day. As she likes to tell herself, “It’s only a piece of paper or canvas, so why not take the risk?”

If you would like to contact Joan about her work, she would be delighted if you emailed her at joan.f.costanzo@gmail.com

Tim Hardy

Tim Hardy

Tim took up art on retirement and attended his first art workshop in 2003. Since then art has become a central part of his life: he is both a creator of artworks and an active contributor to arts organisations.

One of Tim’s major aims as an artist is to capture the beauty and drama of landscape. He also greatly values drawing for its immediacy and expressiveness, and life drawing is a continuing challenge and interest for him.  Monotype and dry point printmaking are further areas in which he expresses himself.  The main media that he uses are pastels, charcoal, watercolour, printmaking, and mixed media. Tim values being able to work in different media, finding that they complement one another and help Tim develop different skills and approaches in painting and drawing.

Tim has been a member of the Artists Society of Canberra (ASOC) since 2002. He was Vice President in 2005 and 2009-10, and served as President during  2010-2012.  Tim has been the opening speaker at a number of exhibitions, and was a judge of the Kiama Art Society 2011 annual exhibition. He convenes “Drawing Creatively”, a group for ASOC members with weekly sessions in drawing.

In 2002 Tim co-founded a plein air group (WOT or Watercolour Outdoors on a Thursday) which continues to paint the landscapes of the ACT throughout the year.  He has been an exhibiting member of the Pastel and Paint Group and the Tin Shed Art Group. Tim has exhibited at a number of galleries, including the Bungendore Fine Art Gallery and the Watson Arts Centre.

In 2015 Tim had his first solo exhibition at the School House Gallery in Ginninderra Village, Gold Creek.

Heather Holland

Heather Holland

Heather is a South Australian born artist who was studying towards a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art prior to her sudden and unexpected move to Canberra in 2013. In the past Heather made ceramics and stoneware pottery and also studied silver smithing under Churchill Fellow, John Hale. Although she has not recommenced her university studies, Heather has continued with her art interests, particularly printmaking for which she received a High Distinction.  Heather  paints in watercolours, acrylics, mixed media and also does the occasional cartoon.

Originally, Heather studied traditional watercolour painting with one of Australia’s premier maritime artists, John Ford and in October 2013 in order to vary her expertise, she commenced studying mixed media techniques with well known Canberra artist, Val Fitzpatrick. 

A couple of Heather’s  paintings have been used in the creation of musical videos by Rebecca Tripp available on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6gZ1FzbqF4).  In 2014 her Corroboree Frog monoprint was  featured in the Canberra Times. In South Australia Heather won two merit awards at Art Exhibitions and served on the board of the Port Community Arts Centre. Since arriving in Canberra she has received a 2nd prize for watercolour from Queanbeyan Art Society and was one of 4 winners at the 2015 ASOC Art Catchment Awards.

Heather thanks you for taking the time to view her art at on these pages. You can contact Heather at:heather@hollogram.net

You can also find Heather’s work at:

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Isla Patterson

Isla Patterson

Isla Patterson, a well known Canberra Artist is a multi-award winning watercolourist, specializing in portraying nature and life both in the Canberra region, the outback, wildlife, seascapes and overseas scenes. She has lived in the ACT since 1979 and over this period has developed a reputation as an artist known especially for her distinctive depictions of the local scene, and although proficient in most mediums, prefers the delicacy of watercolours.
She is represented in a number of Galleries and has held 20 solo exhibitions, as well as a large number of mixed shows.

Isla began her art studies in Adelaide and continued for a period in the USA where she studied watercolour and pastel, joined and exhibited with the International Art Society of Washington DC and held her first one person show in Virginia, where she lived.

She has worked on many commissions such as the Canberra Times Building, Jason Placemats, the International building models at Cockington Green and many of the unique Embassies and High Commissions in the ACT. She has paintings in corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas.

To add to her credits Isla has also been selected to hang at the Seafarers Maritime Art Exhibition in Melbourne in 2013.

Isla belongs to ASOC the Artist Society of Canberra, AIM Art in Miniature, ACT, is a signatory member of AGRA The Australian Realist Society of Art and The Australian Miniature Art of Victoria.

Isla has received many awards, including:

People’s Choice: Cranleigh School 2011
People’s Choice: ASOC Molonglo Exhibition 2012
People’s Choice: ASOC Spring Exhibition 2012
Finalist in the prestigious Clifton Art Prize 2013,
First Prize in Watercolours at the Goulburn Art Show, and
Guest Artist at the Rotary Art Show , in the City Walk Canberra Exhibition 2013

Isla’s Studio

You can visit Isla’s studio visit studio by appointment. Please phone 6254 5941.


Isla has an exhibition tittled Australia and the Antarctic at the Yarralumla & Oaks Brasserie in October 2015.All are welcome to attend the opening by Kerry McInnis at 3pm on Sunday 27 September. 

Isla also a collection of African animals at the Café Gallery at Cockington Green.

Isla can be contacted by phone at 02 6254 5941 or e mail islapatterson@homemail.com.au

Vivien Pinder

Vivien Pinder

Vivien Pinder is passionate about capturing the unique character of plants, birds and wildlife.

She especially enjoys showing the delicate plumage and huge diversity of Australia’s bird life.

Vivien began her artistic development while still studying at school in England.
A career as a nurse took her to Zambia then Papua New Guinea. While in PNG, Viv’s artistic side started to take over, and she founded and managed a dance school, where she taught, choreographed, designed sets and costumes.

However, near-by Australia called, and she has been happily painting here ever since.

While Viv’s true passion is capturing wildlife and botanicals, she also ventures into landscape paintings and private commissions for pet portraits, plants and birds. Her love of the natural world shines through in all of her work. Recently Viv has been adventuring in collage and finding a different outlet for botanical and bird painting.

Her likenesses are created using a range of media—from colour pencils to ink, pastel to watercolour, and acrylic to oils.

As a member of Artists Society of Canberra, Queanbeyan Art Society, and the Botanic art group of the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG), Vivien exhibits her paintings regularly. She has had paintings accepted for Canberra Botanical and exhibits in the “Art in the gardens with Friends” at the ANBG annually.

Through many workshops, Viv has extended her painting and drawing skills and is always looking for new ideas to portray her love of nature.

If you would like to contact Vivien about her work or a commission her email address is v_pinder@homemail.com.au

Patricia Wheatstone

Patricia Wheatstone

Patricia Wheatstone lives in Canberra, Australia, and is in the final year of a visual arts degree at Curtin University. Patricia is adept in a wide range of media and her recent preference is acrylic and mixed media.

Patricia is a member of the Artists Society of Canberra (ASOC) and the Tin Shed Art

To see more of Patricia’s paintings visit http://wheatstonegallery.com

Patricia is a talented artist with a number of exhibitions and awards to her name.


• 29 May- 13 June 2012 – Looking Closely, ASOC Abstract and Experimental Group, (12 artists) CSIRO Discovery, Canberra.
• 2 -30 July 2012 – Flying Over a Wobbly Line, solo at M16, Blaxland St, Griffith, Canberra.
• October 2012 – with the Tin Shed Painting Group at the Watson Art Centre, Canberra.
Other Exhibitions
• December 2011- A Breath of Fresh Art, (6 artists) Humble House, Fyshwick
• November 2011 – In Accord, (12 artists) Tin Shed Painting Group, Watson Art Centre, Canberra.
• October 2011- Elements, ASOC Abstract and Experimental Group, (12 artists) CSIRO Discovery, Canberra.
• November 2010 – edges, Tin Shed exhibition, (12 artists) Watson Art Centre.
• July 2010 – Perspectives, (3 artists) CSIRO Discovery.
• October 2010 – Family Law Conference Exhibition, ACT Convention Centre
• October 2009 – Splash, (12 artists) Tin Shed, Watson Art Centre.
• March- April 2009 – WET and DRY, (4 artists) CSIRO Discovery.
• November 2008 – A La Carte, with the Tin Shed, Watson Art Centre
• September 2007 – Figuremania with fellow artist Arlene Williams, Forrest Inn, Canberra.
• December 2006 – First Toe Over a Wobbly Line, solo at the Southside Community Centre, Canberra.

• Second Place, contemporary/ abstract section – Goulburn and District Art Society annual exhibition, October, 2011
• Best of Show – ASOC Spring Exhibition, September, 2011
• Third Place, mixed media – ASOC Spring Exhibition, September, 2011
• First Place, figure and portrait category – ASOC Spring Exhibition 2010
• Highly Commended, Molonglo Catchment Prize – ASOC Spring Exhibition 2010
• First Place, still life and flowers category – ASOC Spring Exhibition 2009
• Second Place, miniatures category – ASOC Spring Exhibition 2009
• Third Place, landscape category – ASOC Spring Exhibition 2009
• Commended – sculpture category – ASOC Spring Exhibition 2008
• First place – Agricultural Heritage Prize – Royal Canberra Show – 2008
• Hangers Prize – CAW Exhibition – 2007
• First place – Agricultural Heritage Prize – Canberra Show – 2006
• Third Place – figurative category, ASOC spring Exhibition – 2006
• Second place – figure and portraits category – ASOC Spring Exhibition 2004
• Highly Commended – theme category – ASOC Spring Exhibition 2004

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