Trish Bourke


Gum Tree
wc 78x58cm
After the Storm
mixed 78x58cm
*Xanthorrhoea (Red)
wc 27x21cm
mixed 27x21cm
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About Trish Bourke

My artistic journey started when I worked in small limited edition Print galleries in Melbourne & London. In order for me to understand the printmaking process, I was taught to etch. As a young mother, printmaking became too difficult & I started exploring watercolour. After studying traditional Renaissance paint making for Italy in 2012, I started making my own watercolour paints. This allows me to create vibrant hues & explore different papers crafted from organic materials. I love the traditional & sustainable aspects of these these products. I also  make egg tempera paint. I am enjoying using this and mixing it with watercolour & ink.

December 2018,  Artist in Residence at Police Point on the Mornington Peninsula. Working with Parks Victoria & the Point Nepean Historical Society, Sorrento Museum, I researched the history of the area and the disappearence of PM Harold Holt. I was given permission to work 'en plein air' on Cheviot Beach and access to the Museum collection for drawing. The works, 23 drawings & paintings were on display at the Sorrento Museum during March 2019. Friday March 1, 2019 Monthly Speaker at Sorrento Museum.

May 2019 while Artist in Residence at Roberts McCubbin Primary School, Working with Grades 5 & 6 students, created a mural to commemorate 25 years of Roberts McCubbin Primary School.

June 2019 Special Mention Award, Mornington Peninsula Shire Green Wedge Paint Out Exhibition. "Looking East' Cheviot Beach. Watercolour & ink.

September/ October 2019 The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residency Studio at Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW. During my time in Murwillumbah I made watercolour paints & tested them out painting the surrounding landscape. I am currently finishing this body of work in preparation for an exhibition in 2020.

October. Drawing in the Sorrento Museum. Working with the Museum to allow artist access the collection for drawing. 

December 2019 - January 2020, East Gippsland Regional Gallery WRAP Show & Linden Gallery Postcard Show.

February/ March 2020 Art Aid Gippsland, Exhibition & Auction. All proceeds to 2020 Gippsland Bushfire Appeal. Most of my botanical work is done in Gippsland. concentrating on the amazing flora & fauna of the area. I work in a converted milking shed on a friends property surrounded by State forest.

I teach Botanical Illustration & Drawing in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

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