Gallery of Monika Scheffler
Hi, my name is Monika, I’m now 58, originated in Germany, spent approx. 20 years in Germany and arrived back in Australia July 1990. From an early age I’ve wanted to paint and be creative but due to the pressures of working life never really managed to find the time. Back in 1998 though, I decided to participate in a Duncan Seminar Program (Ceramics) and since then I’ve been creating ceramics off and on depending on work. I retired from the workforce back in Feb 2011 and since then have been quite busy with ceramics.
In August 2012 I decided to try the art of painting with oils by participating in various online oil painting courses held by Rod Moore (Impressionist Oil Painter). Then from early July last year I decided to learn another medium ie. Watercolours so I joined the Nepean Art Society in Penrith and started attending classes held by well known Watercolour artist Joe Cartwright. In between I’ve also started painting with Acrylics using Inks as background.
Apart from participating in these classes I’ve also been collecting DVD’s from various artists eg. (Ken Harris, oils, John Lovett and Joseph Zbukvic, watercolours and Mark Waller, acrylics) in order to learn more. My real love is for the Australian landscape and yet I’m also fond of painting flowers. From early on I’ve been impressed by the poem ‘My Country’ written by Dorothea Mackellar and since my trip through the Australian outback it has really opened my eyes. My landscape paintings mostly cover known landmarks, some I’ve used artistic licence ie let my imagination run wild…. I’ve achieved my aim if my paintings are not only enjoyable to look at but that the viewer can imagine being there.