Member Bio’s

Judy Brawn (President)

Glenys Dyer (Vice President)

Carol O’Day (Secretary)

Pat Kemp (Treasurer)

Joan Mellahn (Publicity)

Marian Caccianiga

Marian Caccianiga pastel

Little Murray River

Marian has a deep respect for the environment and the out door life, especially camping on the majestic Murray river. This has inspired many of her paintings. Mainly self taught, Marian has been painting for over 25 years, attending many art workshops and TAFE classes in Robinvale.  For many years she has been selling prints and cards at markets, field days and art and craft shows. These prints are from her original charcoal paintings of the pioneer farmers of the Mallee.  Marian received an honourable mention at the Birchip Art Show and the People’s Choice Award at the Mallee Art Show in 2001 and 2003 as well as the Best Exhibit in 2003. Her paintings are in many private collections in Australia and over seas.

Joan Holmes

Joan Holmes painting

Mallee Landscape, pastel

Joan loves working in a variety of media including oils, watercolour, pastel, pen and wash and printing. Subject choices include landscape, still life, portraits, people, animals and anything that takes the interest.  Joan taught Secondary Visual Arts from Year 7 through to Year 12 for many years before retiring in 2003.  She enjoys painting out with friends and has won many awards in exhibitions. Tutors include Lance McNeill, Jan McNeill, Joseph Zbucvic, Colin Johnson, Ross Paterson, Maxwell Wilks, Janice Lawler,and David Taylor.

Caroline Ellis (Pax)

Caroline Ellis

Caroline Ellis (Pax)

Mallee artist Caroline Ellis started her artistic career on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast; selling her photography in her own Gallery’s on the coast in the 1990’s. Caroline moved back to her home town in the Mallee and began to professionally sell her oil paintings and drawings in 1999.  She now has her own Gallery and Studio in the Mallee town of Mystic Park; Regional Victoria.  Caroline loves to vary the subject matter she paints; from the Mallee environment she lives in to the coastal lands she still holds dear and visits often.  She has regular exhibitions Australia wide and has established herself as a respected contemporary artist; her art is sort after by local and worldwide collectors.

Also renowned for her murals; community groups and school groups have commissioned Caroline to work on Community Art projects, her murals are dotted across Regional Victoria.   Caroline has a Bachelor of Science.  It was at university studying National Park Management that her love for nature and capturing “Nature’s Energy” artistically began.  For Caroline science, photography and art all go hand in hand. Some of the themes Caroline paints include the environmental issues facing the environment she lives in; she believes “if you show people the beauty of nature through art they will want to help protect it.”

Online since 2005 Caroline’s art and photography can be viewed at  and she can be contacted on 0408 500 451.

Lorri Lambert (Web/Social Media)

Lorri Lambert painting

maybe onions, maybe aliens

Lorri has always been passionate about art and was a keen student in high school.  However until recently her creativity has been limited to pixels and the rules of html creating websites and marketing materials.  She has no formal training and is a big fan of science fiction, fantasy and online multiplayer games; this influence can be seen in her whimsical creatures and fantastic landscapes. Lorri also loves experimenting with textures.


Rhonda Avery

painting by Rhonda Avery

Bonyaricall Creek -a lifeline

Many varied and interesting experiences have all challenged and helped me to grow as an artist. Overseas travel, many workshops, Summer School at Charles Sturt Uni, community projects (Bollards, Commonwealth Games Archway) and constant contact with like minded souls from both Robinvale, Swan Hill and surrounding areas, have provided stimulation and motivation to me.  My style is expressive rather than realistic, using a variety of media, including pastel, line and wash, oils and mixed media, to enable me to try to illustrate the ideas and forms that I am representing. Drawing is still my strength, and is a great standby when attempting my projects.


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