We are proud to showcase some of our member artists

Keith Mullette

​​Painting and drawing for over ten years, Keith has always harboured a desire to create however up until retirement his busy family life and work prevented this.
He loves to draw with graphite, pen and ink, and to paint in watercolour and ink. He has a developing interest in coloured pencil painting. His scientific background has led him to botanical art, Australian landscapes and drawing buildings with precision. His work has been successful in many local art competitions in the Central-West and the lower Blue Mountains. Keith enjoys encouraging other late starters to “have a go” and to develop a joy in painting the world around them. Phone: (02) 68512418

Sampa Bhakta

I started painting as a hobby, after my daughter left home in 2008 to go to Sydney for further studies. My first art classes with local artists began with Pamela Thomson as the teacher/mentor for water colour paintings. This interest developed further when I attended my first residential one week art workshop at CSU, Bathurst organized by Mitchell Arts, Sydney. Since then, I began enjoying doing a variety of paintings including buildings, landscapes, portraits, flowers, negative painting, mixed media, contemporary modern, etc..

My paintings and cards have found its most important outlet through the Forbes Platypus Art Gallery. Apart from being a member of the Forbes Art Society, I am also a member of Orange Art Society. I have also done commission art work recently and am always eager to take new assignments. I enjoy designing cards and created several Christmas Cards which are used for Corporate Greetings.

I have won several awards during the Forbes Show, Eugowra Show and also at Peak Hill. So far I consider my most prestigious recognition to be the Acquisition Award during Forbes Heritage week 2013, by Forbes Council of my painting titled “Forbes Court House”.

Email:  sampa.bhakta@gmail.com

Klara Ward

Klara was born in Hungary but came to Australia over 40 years ago and lived in Forbes since 1996. She was tutored in watercolour by artist Pamela Delves Thomson and she also attends numerous workshops in different media. She has been painting for about 10 years but was doing some form of art and craft all her life. She has entered country shown and participated in exhibitions and competitions and won several prizes.
She is a founding member of the Forbes Arts Society and teaches new artists at the Society’s evening classes. She is also involved with the Camera Club.
Her favourite medium is watercolour but she also works in mixed media, pastels, acrylic and graphite. Commissions are welcome.  

Email: flemington10@gmail.com


Karen Ritchie

Karen Ritchie lives in Parkes in the central west of NSW. She has recently returned to her first love, landscape painting. Previous to this Karen worked with TAFE Western as a Head Teacher of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy training for Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin. 

Karen has studied fine arts at TAFE NSW and attended workshops with tutoring artists including: Ted Lewis; John Wilson; Warwick Fuller; Peter Griffen; Tracey Creighton; Lyn Butchart; Colley Whisson; Jacqueline Coates; Ken Tucker; Gloria Ransom; Robert Knight; Victoria Tucson.

Karen has started to enter her work in art prizes and has gained some recognition:

2015: Second place in Forbes Shire Council ‘Streets of Forbes’ Heritage prize 

2016: First prize in Forbes Shire Council Acquisitive Heritage Art Prize – ‘Landscapes of Forbes'

Highly Commended in Community 2D ‘Waste to Art’, Parkes region

Finalist in Corner Store Gallery, Orange ‘Cider Inspired Art’ prize.    

Karen is a member of the Parkes, Forbes, Orange and Canberra Art Societies and has been involved in group exhibitions, with her work in private and local government collections around Australia. Karen works in a variety of mediums including acrylics, oils, watercolour and mixed media and seeks inspiration from the environment particularly the natural landscape of central west NSW. Karen employs a loose, free flowing brush style that seeks to capture movement and the transient nature of our environment.



Leone Morrison

My interest in painting began about 30 years ago when a friend of mine asked if I would  like to go with her to art lessons conducted by Pammie Thomson. We shared the same paint box and took it in turn purchasing the next tube of colour we needed. My friend left art and went to golf but I stayed painting. I became hooked and I am quite surprised when a painting I have completed is to my eyes a very nice piece of work.  Our group meets every Thursday to paint and we feel it is the greatest bit of therapy we can have...



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