Tutors



Sandra Marasco

Drawing has always been that one constant. An exhilaration that forged an ability to see and acknowledge the world surrounding her.
Sandra Marasco grew up in a picturesque valley where the solitude of living and working on a tobacco farm implored an immersion in art.

A graduate of The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Sandra received a Bachelor of Art(with Distinction) in Gold and Silversmithing. Awarded the A. D. Hope Acquisitive Figurative Award in 1989.
Whilst sentiment for artisanal craftsmanship keeps part of her life working as a contemporary jewellery designer, it is the language of drawing that resonates. An offer to tutor drawing in 2009 cemented a desire to pass on her skills.
Impressionistic Realism defines her work with a fondness for the intrinsic beauty of soft pastels. Yet, habitually including charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, oils and ink.
An intuitive creative approach to her work, Sandra gains much of her inspiration from the rural landscape throughout the distinguishable seasons. Often depicting ramshackle farmhouses, vintage cars or the allure of a bird's nest found in a vineyard. En Plein Air is highly revered and a notable aspect of her work.
Sandra currently resides in Melbourne and divides her time between city and rural living.

Vicki McInnes

Vicki McInnes is a Melbourne artist skilled in still life, portrait and landscape, working primarily in oils. Having studied Tonalist painting with Don James at Montsalvat, Vicki follows this classic approach. An experienced teacher, she enjoys developing her students’ skills and confidence, referring to classic disciplines with an eye to individual style.

Her students are free to work in oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels and or drawing mediums.

Vicki is a signatory member of the Victorian Artists’ Society, a regular exhibitor at selected art shows and a multi award winning artist.

Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy is a self-taught artist with over 30 years teaching experience. Lisa has taught adult classes in calligraphy, drawing and pen and ink. Her love for ink evolved from teaching calligraphy, discovering the wonderful versatility of both the nib and ink.

Lisa finds ink such an enticing medium as it has the capacity to create intricate details while also being flexible enough to run across a page with wonderful abandon. The use of the traditional dipping nib is central to Lisa’s work.

A nature lover, studying Horticulture and completing a Diploma in Floral Art, Lisa finds nature is the greatest influence in her artworks and is constantly drawn to the exquisite details and beauty that nature provides (particularly bird's and their nests).

Lisa has sold commissioned works for international clients and within Australia. Her work has been published on several book covers, in the US and UK as well as a CD cover (UK). 

Lisa was also the featured artist in the Pink Panther Magazine, (USA), Issue 20. (A quote from ANNA SHAW: Consulting writer and Founder – Pink Panther Magazine: A Celebration of Women’s Art and Writing. (USA) - “Lisa Murphy’s art invites viewer’s into a space where a love of ink marks a world enriched by a limitless imagination.  The colours in her work are original and uniquely hers, leading to immediate recognition. They are subtle, strong and altogether beautiful. Intricate detail mixed with broad swathes of soft wash, mix with unexpected symbols hidden away within the drawings, adding an extra dimension. They are works of art in which you can lose yourself for many hours.”

Craig Penny

Craig studied art at the Ballarat University, where painting and graphic design attracted most of his attention. He then pursued a successful career as an illustrator. Craig's career has progressed into a range of mediums including skills in computer graphics.

As a result he has also undertaken a successful career in teaching traditional drawing and illustration, as well as digital drawing and illustration at Victoria and Swinburne universities. Throughout this time, he never lost his love of using traditional methods and subsequently specialized in watercolour and acrylic painting. This has lead to an extremely successful solo career.

Born in Mildura in 1961, Craig showed an interest in art and drawing at a very young age. In 1970, his family moved to the Western District of Victoria. His love of art saw him enrol in the art course at Hamilton Technical School in 1976. At the age of 16 his artistic interests extended into ceramics and sculpture, and he constructed several wood fired kilns in his parents’ backyard.

In 2001, Craig had his first major solo exhibition at Manyung Gallery in Mt Eliza, Victoria. In 2007, his work was accepted by Gallery Diamante in Carmel California. Craig has lead painting and sketching trips to Cambodia, Veitnam, Greek Islands, France and Japan.

"I like to think that to paint a successful painting is not so much to have tamed the beast, rather to have been taken along for the ride and still be there at the end of the experience. For me painting is like life … giving yourself enough skill, knowledge and integrity and then letting yourself free to take what is thrown your way. You don't need to tame and control it for magic to happen... you just need to be there at the end."

WEB: www.craigpennyart@bigpond.com.au

Margarita Riaikkenen

Margarita Riaikkenen is a self-taught artist, co-author of internationally published books, and an accredited therapeutic art life coach. She is also a certified cognitive behavioral life coach.

Finding work in cooperation with other artists inspirational, she has participated in a range of exhibitions, and received art awards. Margarita is a member of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists and the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia.  She is most passionately producing portraiture, still life and scenes from everyday life in Melbourne together with meditative works of art in different media, mostly in oil and pastel.

Danielle Robertson

Danielle Robertson attended Box Hill College and studied two years of Art & Design, followed by an Associate Diploma in Finished Art. She then worked for various design houses and although Danielle enjoyed working in this industry, her passion is for fine art.

Whilst working she has continued to do life classes and other creative pursuits in her spare time. Inspiration came when she saw a portrait demonstration in pastels by artist Agata Lelek. From that point on, she was inspired to focus on her artistic passions and threw all of her efforts and focus into developing her own individual artistic style. Danielle loves to work in pastels and oil, specialising in portrait, still life and life drawing.

You can see more of her work through her website

Maxine Wade

Maxine Wade has always had an interest in creativity and trained as an Art teacher at Melbourne University, going on to teach in a variety of secondary colleges for 27 years. She then began tutoring adults in watercolour, drawing, life drawing and mixed media at many art societies in Melbourne.

She has been a member of Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA) for 12 years (2 of those serving as a councillor there, and as Professional Development Officer) and a member of the Watercolour Society of Victoria for 20 years. Maxine has won many awards for her work and has held many solo and joint exhibitions over 35 years. She also tutors at Malvern Artists' Society, Brighton Arts Society, Victorian Artists' Society and McClelland Guild of Artists.