The Army Art blog shares stories, news and the latest research from clinicians, service providers and contemporary Australian artists.  It's all about art practice, creative self expression and arts engagement for wellbeing.

Orange Sky - Innovative Social Justice

~Michelle Saleeba In 2016 Army Art chose Orange Sky as the major recipient of our fundraising endeavours. Recently we were able to follow up with the expanding team to ask them about their successes and achievements over the last couple of years since our collaboration. We were proud to support Orange Sky and are thrilled to see this innovative social justice not for profit going from strength to strength, caring for their volunteers and staff in the same way they provide care and support to homeless Australians. How did Orange Sky start? What’s the back story? Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homeless – an idea founded in a Bri

Modern Abstract Painting

~Michelle Saleeba In 2011 Hilly Coufreur gave up her day job as a Library Assistant. With all four of her children having left home Hilly found herself, like many empty nesters, at a cross roads. This is Hilly's story of taking up painting as a way to steer her life in a new, meaningful direction. Hilly Coufreur: After being at home for a month, my artist husband gave me some of his paints and canvas to play with. I resisted at first as I didn’t think I had any artistic talent. But after joining the local art society in Cambridge NZ and working on some small still life, I accidentally discovered abstract art: I had some leftover paint which I smeared on a canvas at random and I loved the r

Jos Coufreur's Spontaneous Realism

~Michelle Saleeba A childhood disease saw Jos Coufreur unable to do sports, so his parents encouraged him to take up art. Jos credits them as having played a major role in influencing his art and subsequent career, only passing the baton of influence to his wife Hilly, also an artist, once they married. Throughout his teenage years and twenties Jos described art as his hobby, until one day he decided to take the plunge from hobby to career. As for many professional artists it has been an up and down journey. But Jos has stayed the distance having been a full time artist for over 25 years. Discovering the spontaneous realism movement about six years ago has made a real difference to his

Evocative Textured Landscapes

~Michelle Saleeba It was a pleasure to make contact with North Beach painter Maryann Devereux, a supporter and exhibitor with Army Art. Maryann's work is full of the textures and colours of the Australian landscape, in particular the beach and ocean that she finds endlessly inspiring. Maryann, who has always loved to draw, has a professional background in technical drawing and drafting. Moved to express herself more freely Maryann formalised her visual art training through Carine TAFE once her youngest son was at school. Describing her recent work as taking an impressionistic style, Maryann's love of texture remains a defining stylistic element. Working in acrylic paint, using moulding

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