Liz Montgomery. Following a great interest in art over the years, I ﬁrst began to paint with a group in Airey’s Inlet. From there I joined the Emerald Hill Art Group in South Melbourne, meeting weekly, and also since 2016 with the Elgin Artists. This is a happy, diverse, talented group of people with whom to be involved, and I enjoy all activities the group provides.
I began painting in Oils, but in the past few years I have been trying to use the medium of WaterColour which I find most challenging. This year I have been fortunate to spend time painting “en plain air”, firstly with this group of Elgin Painters at the beautiful Wilson’s Prom., and more recently in a small group with a tutor, Tony White, up and around the areas of Northern Victoria including the Murray River. I have been inspired by the work of Amanda Hyatt, having been on four teaching/painting excursions with her, both overseas and within Australia.
Of recent times I have been trying to depict my subjects in a more abstract way, with three such works of mine in this exhibition. I feel we are all so lucky, to have this creative pursuit to embrace: there is so much history, and body of work, from those before us, to wonder at, to learn from, and to try and emulate. Always the challenge.