Newsletter vol 11, March 2010

Dear friends and friends of my work,

Hope you have survived the Festive Season alright and that 2010 is treating you well. Here is what’s coming up if you want to see my work exhibited:

First shows of the year:

We were kicking off the year with lots of looooove at newly opened Raw Gallery here in Dee Why in Sydney with a show called “Amore”. Raw Gallery is an artist run space headed up by gorgeous Karin Lumsdaine who is taking a number of us local artists under her wing. The space is open and beautiful and absolutely enormous, which is rare anywhere in the Sydney area. The opening was packed with people and Kamahl gave a lovely speech letting us in on the story of how he met his wife. If you are driving through Dee Why at any stage, go and see Karin right on 699 Pittwater Rd, in between Oaks and Howard Ave, in front of the bus stop. The show closes last weekend in Feb but the gallery is worthwhile a visit anytime.

Another show which I’m exhibiting in opens in the first week of March at Manyung Gallery in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula. If you live in Melbourne this gallery is definitely worth a little trip to as it’s just south of Frankston in an old Building resembling a Tuscan Castle. There is also a restaurant on the premises which serves absolutely superb food. All in all an experience for all senses. Please see for more information.

Portrait Artists Australia – Face Off!

Portrait Artists Australia presents an IN YOUR FACE exhibition of CLOSE-UPS! 60 penetrating paintings on 40×40 cm canvas examining the full spectrum of moods – intimate, intense, guarded, melancholic, whimsical, witty….

Opening Night: Tuesday 9th March 2010, 7pm to 9pm
@ MLC Gallery 449 Harris St Ultimo (02) 9692 9222

Monday – Friday 11.00am – 6.00pm,
Saturday 12.00 – 4.00pm

The show is opened by esteemed principal of the Julian Ashton Art School, self proclaimed King of Wy and Patron of Portrait Artists Australia – Paul Delprat. We are expecting the usual crowd of colourful artists, eccentric patrons and distinguished critics. It should be a great show with over 40 artists having painted on the same size canvass. You will be greeted by a wall of faces so to speak and if you’re game you can start a face-off with them or anyone present for that matter.

Stations of the Cross

For the third year running I am contributing to the Station of the Cross at the Art Sanctuary in Fairlight. This year I painted the famous Last Supper. It would have been easy to follow in Leonardo’s foot steps but I went against all better judgment and did a still life. Here is what my artist statement says about it:

Artists Statement.

The Last Supper, oil on canvas, 92x122cm

“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

In my painting I’m depicting the Last Supper as described by Saint Paul, where he indicates that Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his disciples, which would have instituted the Eucharist or Holy Communion. This is said to be the beginning of the Christian tradition of consecrating bread and a cup in remembrance of the Last Supper.

Instead of painting the entire story of the Last Supper I decided to focus on the two main symbols that derived from it, that is the bread and the wine. Simplifying and breaking the story down enabled me to recreate a snapshot of the time and details of the scene. Pieces of bread are scattered over a rough wooden table and wine has been poured into a pewter chalice. In the background you see the faint image of the body of Jesus and blood dripping from the wall, as if in a dream, echoing the everyday objects in the foreground adding a different dimension to what seems just an ordinary still life.

Saturday 27th March :: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 28th March :: 1pm – 5pm
Good Friday – 2nd April :: 11am – 5pm
Easter Saturday and Sunday :: 11am – 5pm
William Street Studios
3 WIlliam Street Fairlight, 2094.
Phone: 0433 200 330

This years Stations are being documented by film makers Matthew and Fred from, who did some filming at my studio earlier in Feb. The footage gets turned into a 30min documentary. If you are coming along on opening night, you probably end up featuring in the doco as well.

Divine Femme

I am looking forward to a trip to the Gold Coast to be part of a group exhibition at Astras Galleries called “Divine Femme”. I will be exhibiting with amazing artists Palla Jeroff, Tony Duarte and Corinne Lewis, all of who’s works are just stunning. The gallery space which recently had a complete makeover is situated in the Marina Mirage Shopping Centre adjacent to the Sheraton and Palazzo Versace on Sea World Drive.

The show opens on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of May and will run for app 3 weeks
The address is
Astras Galleries
Marina Mirage
Sea World Drive, Main Beach Queensland.

If you are anywhere near the Gold Coast, please do pop in an meet wonderful Nataliya at the gallery who will be more than happy to show you around.

Other than that I am working on getting fresh works to David Hart Galleries on the Sunshine Coast as well as Pantechnicon Gallery in Daylesford Victoria. Pantechnicon has recently been taken over by wonderful sculptor Wayne Robbie, who has grand visions for the beautiful space. Another great weekend escape if you are in Melbourne!

I am also looking for models for my paintings, if you are a natural “poser” and want to feature in my paintings or you know someone who would fit that description, please get in touch with me.

With my very best wishes


Newsletter vol 10, September 2009

Dear friends and friends of my work,

This Christmas season you might have noticed that we haven’t sent any Christmas cards. Instead we have given the equivalent of our annual Christmas card postage expenditure to the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Westmead. Incredible work is being done by these people that will benefit generations to come. Every child should have a healthy life as their birth right. So to anyone on this list, we haven’t forgotten you even though you won’t get a card from us.

Although 2009 has been a rather quiet year in my studio due to changes in family dynamics, the lack of sleep and time as well as the destructive curiosity of a one year old, prepare for a massive 2010. Some great projects and exhibitions are planned including an exhibition of about 60 close-up faces on 40x40cm canvasses by Portrait Artists Australia, showing in March at the MLC Gallery on Harris St in Ultimo (Sydney), as well as an exhibition of nude portraits – yes you heard right at the Arthouse Hotel in October by the same acclaimed artist group.

With this short message I will leave you for this year and wish you a very Merry Christmas, peace, love and happiness as well as a creative, successful, amazing 2010.

Lots of love


Newsletter vol 9, September 2009

Dear friends and friends of my work,

We are running a bit behind schedule with this edition of the newsletter as I was hoping to get it out before our fabulous show at Parliament House in Canberra. If you do visit Canberra in the next few weeks, go and see it. It is still open for viewing until 30th of September 2009. And there are also a number of very exciting news to report on.

Mosman Art Prize and Black Swan Portrait Prize

RobertMcClellandAttorneyGeneralWhen I found out that well known artist Margaret Olley was judging this years Mosman Art Prize, I knew I would have a good chance to be hung if i entered one of my flower paintings. I think I have learned from past experience that it’s not worthwhile entering Art Prizes that are judged by a single judge who themselves paint in a completely different genre or style. We all grow wiser with failure and if I can pass on anything to other artists wanting to enter art prizes, do your research on the judges. So, it was very exciting to be informed that I had made the finalist list in the Prize which is one of the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in Australia dating back as far as 1947. The opening was jam packed with local celebrities and arts personalities. Having been hung above reception just on entering the building resulted in a lot of comments from visitors and I got some great feed back from my painting.

Another Art Award I was selected finalist in is the Black Swan Portrait Prize. Only third year running this Prize has gathered quite a bit of momentum and represents some of Australia’s finest portraitists this year. I won’t be making the trip to Perth for the opening as I have prior family committments but am hoping that my adopted family over in Perth will be my cheer squad. My subject for this years Prize is the Hon Robert McClelland – our federal Attorney General. He was a gracious, generous and friendly sitter, a warm family father, dog lover and spokes person for Aboriginal issues.

Meet the New Vice President!

It is an absolute honour to be made vice president of Portrait Artists Australia for 2009, a position that will mean a lot of hard work, challenges and responsibilities but lots of fun and excitement too. I got elected back into the committe at PAA’s Annual General Meeting and the previous President Nafisa made an appealing plea for me to step into the role of Vice. So here we go…

Unsung Heroes

WildLifeAs mentioned earlier, if you happen to drive through Canberra, make sure you visit the gorgeous New Parliament House and see Portrait Artists Australia’s show “Unsung Heroes”. The show focuses  on people who make the world a better place, but don’t necessarily get a lot of recognition for their amazing contributions.

I was very fortunate to be introduced to the retiring head of Taronga Zoo, Guy Cooper, who agreed to sit for me. Guy is also Chief Executive of the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. He has been associated with Taronga and Western Plains Zoos since 1991. He presided over the development of the $251 million Master Plan, which has revolutionised both zoos, established the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and created the Taronga Foundation. Guy has taken a lead role in representing the zoological industry both internationally and nationally, with a key focus on influencing policy and creating an operating environment helping zoos in their vital roles in species preservation, research and education. He’s championed research programs supporting threatened species ranging from Corroboree Frogs to Black Rhinoceros including a plan to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction.

Opening night was just amazing. We had fabulous Sasha Grishin give a talk. Sasha is a Sir William Dobell Professor of Art at the Australian National University, very knowledgable. Great speech, such a humbling experience. All in all everyone there was just in awe of the standard of the show, the environment at Parliament House, the food, wine and the amount of guest turning up. Over expectations.

Whilst in Canberra I used the occasion to visit the newly opened National Portrait Gallery not far from it’s old location in a brand new very swish looking building. It is always stimulating and motivating to see some of Australia’s finest art works on display. I think it must be one of the most developing things to do as an artist – to look at great art work.

News from Queensland

As a lot of you might have heard, Schubert Galleries closed its doors a couple of months ago and a number of ex-Schubert artists inluding myself  have now  joined the stable of the new Astras Galleries, which has taken over Schubert’s old premises in the Marina Mirage complex at Main Beach. Critton Astras, the galleries director, says the decision to open a second gallery only 2km from Art Gallery Collections was motivated by the gradual deterioration of the Surfer’s Paradise area and clientele. About 30 per cent of the Astras Galleries business will be investment art, however Astras plans to draw all exhibitions from the contemporary stable.

I had the pleasure to meet with Critton on a trip up to Queensland in July. We were heading up to see the American Impressionist and Realist Exhibition at the Queensland Gallery in Brisbane and used the opportunity to meet with staff of the two David Hart Galleries in Mooloolaba and Noosa on the Sunshine Coast as well as Astras in Main Beach on the Gold Coast. Both galleries have exciting plans for the future and it will be an interesting time to be part of both galleries.

Newsletter vol 8, June 2009

Dear friends and friends of my work,

I can’t believe we are almost halfway through the year – what just happened? To those of you who are waiting for a phone call or email from me; I haven’t forgotten you. Life’s just been a bit busy and the brain seems to have shrunk to half the size with the second baby.

Having recovered from all the hoohaa surrounding the portrait of Minister Judge (it was reported on in the evening news on two national chanels, the morning program as well as in all the major newspapers, SMH, Daily Telegraph and the Australian – and it still pops up in the papers with a mentioning in last weekends Sun-Herald) I am now back to slaving away in the studio. Here is a quick update on what’s happening in my exciting world of art.

Encounters – Two man show at the Painters Gallery

This show will be running between 2nd to 30 June at the Painters Gallery in Mona Vale. I will be exhibiting with sculptor Jenny Green, who is president of the Sculptor’s Society and does contemporary funky sculptures. I will be showing some exciting new pieces as well. Here is an extract from the press release about the show:

“Kathrin has been living in some of the most beautiful and inspiring places on the planet, like Sweden in Scandinavia, Berlin Germany, Brussels Belgium and Fremantle on Australia’s West Coast. For 9 years she now calls the Northern Beaches of Sydney her home. As her Eastern European background, a decade in Scandinavia and time spent in Art Nouveau Belgium have deeply influenced her paintings, her life in Australia is finally catching up with her subject matter.

Known for her beautiful girls, draped in luxurious fabrics and adorned with precious jewellery and objects, she has turned her focus onto the simple life and the beach. The new series “beach babes” is a playful attempt at catching life near the water. Gorgeous girls lounge on colourful beach towels, leaning on rainbow coloured beach balls, eying the observer from under their broad brimmed sun hats. Still the paintings contain an element of drama as with all her work. All girls are juxtaposed against vibrant beach skylines, storm threatening cloud formations, early morning sunrise filling the air with a sense of expectation of what the day will bring.”

An opening meet-the-artist afternoon will be held on

Saturday the 6th June 2009
at the Painters Gallery,
1773 Pittwater Rd in Monavale
between 2-4pm

Opening hours
Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30
Saturday 9:30-2:30

Jeans4Genes – Gai Waterhouse

This is now my 4th year of contributing to Children’s Medical Research by painting a pair of celebrity pants, that get auctioned off at a gala dinner. Last year’s jeans raised a whopping $10,000 for the charity. So lets go for another big one. I am sure all you mothers out there will agree with there is nothing more important than having healthy children and how lucky those families who never come in touch with genetic disorders or diseases.

I am seeing this years contribution with different eyes. I personally never thought I’d ever get close to experience what it would be like living with a sick child. No one in our family has a history of genetic disorders and then we got the test results from a routine gene test of our son Jay, which indicated that he is the carrier of the mutated gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis, the so called delta 508. There was a 1 in 5 chance that Jay would be having Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a recessive genetic condition. The gene involved in CF gives instructions for the cells to make a protein that controls the movement of salt in and out of cells.

CF is the most common life threatening, recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children. Symptoms can include poor weight gain, troublesome coughs, repeated chest infections, salty sweat and abnormal stools. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects a number of organs in the body (especially the lungs and pancreas) by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus.

So for 2 weeks, whilst waiting for the final test to be done, I was contemplating what life would be like with my son going in and out of hospital, having infection after infection. No one wants to see their child suffer and it really brought it home for me what the Childrens Medical Research Institute does in its quest to improve our childrens lives.

I was lucky enough to receive a glamorous pair of Escada denims from Australia’s most favourite horse trainer, Gai Waterhouse.

I loooove woman with passion who show enthusiasm and excitement about what they do. Gai Waterhouse symbolises the Australian dream especially for us girls. If you set your mind to something you can move mountains and achieve your dreams.  Seeing Gai cheer on her jockeys as their win another cup, screaming, wildly waving arms is so refreshingly gorgeous. I wanted to paint her in that moment, big smile that reaches from ear to ear looking all glam in her stylish racing hat. I nicked some feathers of milliner friend Sue and turned the artwork into an almost 3D installation.

And there had to be a horse of course, forgive my ignorance if I accidentally painted a common workhorse instead of a thoroughbread. I’m sure the experts will have a good go at that. But I think all horses are gorgeous, although a bit big and frightening at times.

Celebrity Jeans artworks will be on display at the Arthouse Hotel for three weeks prior to the Charity Dinner. While viewing the exhibition you can nominate an artwork for the “Jeans for Genes People’s Choice Award”. Remember to vote for Gai!

Arthouse Hotel
275 Pitt St, Sydney

Monday – Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday 5pm – 11pm

The dinner is held at

Australian Jockey Club (AJC)
Alison Road RANDWICK, NSW, Australia
Date: 30 Jul 2009
Time: 7:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $240.00
VIP TABLE $3,500

Going regional

I will be showing with the School of Arts Gallery in Newcastle in August. Anyone living over that way, come and see me. More details to follow. SOAG formerly known as the Tighes Hill Gallery has just moved into the premises of the gorgeous School of Arts building with large bright exhibition rooms. We are all looking forward to spending a couple of days in the Hunter whilst we are there.

SOAG Gallery
15 Elizabeth St
Tighes Hill N.S.W 2297

Wednesday – Sunday (11:00am – 5:00pm)

And that’s it for now.

Newsletter vol. 7, March 2009

Dear friends and friends of my work,

Welcome to the first newsletter for 2009. I hope you all had a great start of the year. Things have been a little busy here as you can imagine with the amount of kids in the family doubled and the workload probably trippled! Nevertheless despite the distractions I did get some work done and the result is some fabulous shows coming up, that I hope some of you will want to attend.

Kuringai Art Society

This week I am once again exhibiting with the Kuringai Art Society at St Ives. Record sales have been reported (what financial crisis?) with 37 sales so far, 19 on opening day alone. The show will continue until Sunday on the top level of the St Ives Shopping Centre. I’ll be there between 3-6 tomorrow Saturday.

Parliament Objects!

Another show to be opened is part of Portrait Artists Australia’s Parliament House Exhibition (please check out the new Portrait Artist website, that I put together for the group over the last few months, called “Parliament Objects!” depicting Members of Parliament with an object of significance to their life. The show is opening on April 1st 6-8pm in the Fountain Court of the Parliament House on Macquarie St here in Sydney.

I was fortunate to paint the Hon Virginia Judge, Minister for Fair Trading and Citizenship. Virginia is also assisting the Premier in the Arts. The painting called “Justice with Passion” is reflecting the passionate spirit and dedication of the sitter. The painting is bound to raise some eyebrows, as it is painted in my usual, very sensual style and I can imagine that a lot of comments will be made and people will be asking whether a politician can be glamorous and feminine whilst maintaining their integrity. And I say YES WE CAN!

Arthouse Hotel

I am very lucky to have gotten a spot for a solo show in the glamorous, beautiful and stylish Arthouse Hotel for the month of April. As many inner city business people have discovered this is the place for bringing your clients and colleagues for lunch surrounded by gorgeous artworks in the impressive Dome Restaurant. Works will be displayed the entire month of April and the address is 275 Pitt St, Sydney CBD.

A truly awe inspiring space in both dimension and scope. The ArtHouse Hotel’s restaurant is lavish yet informal. Surround yourself with an everchanging gallery of artworks.

Lead by head Chef Tim Michels, the menu offers Modern Australian cuisine. Bookings are recommended for the Dome Restaurant.

Bookings and enquiries please call the restaurant on T: 02 9284 1230

Trading Hours:
Lunch:  Monday to Friday – 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Stations of the Cross

Kathrin is returning to interpret a station of the cross again for this years Easter Exhibition at the William St Studios. Impressive names are on the list of participants in this years show, including Principal of the Julian Ashton Art School, Paul Delprat, award winning painter Miriam Cabello and AIPP photographer of the year Tim Pascoe. Opening night is Thursday 9th of April between 7-9pm. You can also view the artworks between Good Friday and Easter Sunday between 11-5pm.
The address is William St Studios
3 William St
Fairlight 2094

Other shows

Please keep your eyes open for other shows to come up. For the month of June I am booked for a solo show at the Painters Gallery in Monavale, details to come.

I have also been invoted back to exhibit in Newcastle. Formerly known as the Tighes Hill Gallery has now reopened in the newly renovated premises of the Newcastle Art School. Time for a show at “SOAG” is set for August.

Best regards


Newsletter vol. 6, December 2008

Dear friends and friends of my work,

This is the last newsletter for the year and it will be short and sweet as I bet everyone of you is busy with Christmas preparations.

Baby News

I guess the biggest event for the Longhurst family in this quarter if not in the whole year will have to be the arrival of Maia’s little brother – baby Jay.

He safely arrived on Friday the 21st of November weighing a healthy 3.95kg (8.11lbs for you imperial people) and measuring 50.5cm. The whole family is very excited and we are all settling in nicely.

With the new baby came a very well deserved break from painting and we are expecting to be back in the studio in the next few weeks as there are a large number of empty canvasses waiting to be worked on. I am hoping that we will settle into some routine quickly as we did with Maia four years ago.


What else is new and the ANIMALS are back!

Having had a stand at ArtSydney again this year has been a lot of fun. We’ve met a large number of art lovers, collectors, critiques and gallery owners. Luckily sales made it worthwhile again this year despite all the hype.

My enormous belly was a great talking point and attracted quite a bit of attention, people trying to guess at what time during that weekend my waters would break. My hormonal, prenatal state also contributed to a fabulous new and fun series of works that draws inspiration from works I created about 10 years ago.

People that have known me that long will remember my hilariously silly and bizarre animal people and I get continuously asked when they will be back. I used to paint Rembrandt and Old Masters inspired bodies and then put animals heads on them.

The new works are based on characters I have met in my 30 odd jobs I had since high school, everything from kitchen hand, hotel room cleaner, cocktail waitress, substitute teacher, assembly line worker in a pea factory as well as in a female hygiene factory to call centre chick, junior sales rep, to account manager in the corporate world. Creating these paintings has been a great break from taking myself too seriously and adding too much significance to my usual works. Having kids sometimes reminds you to have fun every now and then.

The painting to the left is called “Senior Account Manager” – based on the consultant who always knows what’s best for the customer, whether the customer wants it or not.

My animal hybrids are currently exhibited at “Paddington Contemporary” together with some of my floral works. For information on the current show please visit their website or just drop by the gallery which is on Five Ways in the middle of the Paddington gallery district.

Thank YOU!!

Finally I want to thank all my friends for their generous support during this busy year. It has meant the world to me. I am the luckiest person to have the family and the friends I’ve got and cannot thank you enough for sticking around.

My family and I are wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous, prosperous, creative and healthy 2009. Wishing you all an awesome Christmas time!!!!!

With warmest regards,


Newsletter vol. 5, September 2008

Dear friends and friends of my work,

It’s been an exciting couple of months and here is an update on what’s happening in Kathrin’s world of art. Please click on link below if you do not want to receive future newsletters or forward to friends who you might think will enjoy the quarterly updates.

Black Swan Portrait Prize

Having been selected as a finalist in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award has been an absolute treat for me, as I hadn’t prepaired for the prize and chanced it pretty much. Much more prepaired was my entry into the inaugural West Australian Black Swan Portrait Prize. I managed to finish a portrait of Johanna Griggs, depicting her bathed in sunshine with her trademark smile and in casual dress.

Painting Johanna Griggs has been a most humbling experience. Johanna is one of my all-time favourite television presenters, making me smile every time I see her on the silver screen. Having met her I discovered that she is also the most approachable, down-to-earth and generous television personality you’ll ever come across.

I bumped into Johanna and husband Todd at ArtSydney07, where she purchased a painting by a friend of mine. We started chatting; as we are both Northern Beaches residents and it resulted in an exchange of contact details. After correspondence she agreed on being painted. I had lots of crazy ideas for the portrait wanting to make it into a Hollywood glamour portrait but meeting her made me realise that Johanna as a private person is the girl from next door, that makes you giggle, laugh and completely at ease. Meeting Johanna felt like I’ve known her for decades, chatting about family and everyday things. She is far from Hollywood glamour, glitter and sparkles I thought at first and the pose we chose ended up being really simple and genuine. I wanted the painting to be warm, sunny and welcoming, making the viewer smile with that fuzzy feeling. I must have had a smile on my face the entire time painting her.

Finalist of the 2008 Black Swan Prize can be viewed here

ArtSydney 08 Royal Hall of Industries

Nadia and I are once again represented at ArtSydney, Australia’s largest Art Fair.

The show attracts over 13,000 art lovers each year and brings together over 80 galleries from all around the country and overseas.

You can come and visit us at
stand B6 (just opposite from where we were last year)
from 23rd-26th of October 2008
at the Royal Hall of Industries
Fox Studios – Moore Park

Open Days
Thursday 23 October 2008 (First Night)
Friday 24 October 2008
Saturday 25 October 2008
Sunday 26 October 2008

Ticket Prices
First Night – $50
Includes access to the exclusive preview of the fair, complimentary drinks and live entertainment.
Friday, including Friday Night Live – $20
Saturday – $20
Sunday – $20

To read more about the event, find out how to get there and check out the other galleries exhibiting click

Jeans4Genes Art Auction achieves $10,000 for my painting of the McClymonts

For the third year in a row I have been proudly supporting Children’s Medical Research by donating a painting on a pair of jeans by a famous celebrity which is then auctioned off at a fundraiser event in Sydney. The jeans I ended up painting this year belonged to the Australian Country Chick Band “The McClymonts”. I was asking myself: How can three girls with so much talent, voices like angels, amazing looks and sex appeal all come from the same family? The McClymont sisters are just the perfect combination of the Corr’s and Charlie’s Angels. On top they seem to be humble, down to earth and have their hearts in the right place supporting Children’s Medical Research by being the faces for Jamm4Genes this year. These rocking chicks just ROCK!

Being away on holidays for my 10th wedding anniversary I unfortunately missed the ball and the auction and never got to meet the girls. But I have been told that they were very happy with the painting and the auctioneer managed to get $10,000 for it towards the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

To read more about the charity and the auction results click here

Portraits, Portraits, Portraits…

My daughter Maia’s persistency paid off. I finally gave in and did a portrait of her and her favourite bear. After seeing the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW she decided it was time that she had her picture painted. I love doing children’s portraits. There is something about children which is so innocent and pure and at the same time they carry the future of the world on their shoulders. They seem so know about things we deem impossible. There is such a fine line between fantasy and reality which is so admirable.

For Portrait Artists Australia’s Annual Exhibition at the Arthouse Hotel that carries the theme “The Art of Healing”, I painted Caroline Hong, the CEO of ASUM, Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine. Caroline is one of the strongest and most extraordinary women I’ve met, who has overcome adversity and hardship to excel in her field and become one of the few female executives in a field that is mainly dominated by males. And she is deeply respected and admired by her peers. The portrait captures her private side as a beautiful, exotic and mysterious woman. To view the portrait come to see the exhibition at

The Dome Restaurant at the Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt St, Sydney
Monday 13th October 6-8pm
“The Art of Healing”
Opened by brain surgeon and cancer survivor Professor Chris O’Brien and by artist Peter Griffin
Show open until 1st November

Other portraits lined up are Viginia Judge (NSW MP) for the state parliament exhibition in Sydney and Federal Attourney Genereal Robert McClelland (MP) for the Parliament House exhibition in Canberra next year. To view PAA’s exciting list of members go to

Steve Irwin, Olivia Newton-John and the Wild Life Warriors

Another worthwhile charity event coming up is the Celebrity Khaki Shirt Auction dinner on the Gold Coast in November this year. I will be supporting the Steve Irwin Foundation and the Wild Life Warriors by painting a Khaki shirt signed by gorgeous Olivia Newton John.

To read more about the charity and event see here

The next newsletter will most likely contain baby news, so keep those eyes open for it.
With warmest regards,


Newsletter vol 4, June 08

Newsletter vol. 4, June 2008

Dear friends and friends of my work,

As most of you might know by now, Longhurst baby number two will arrive in November. As in the past with baby number one this is by no means stopping things or slowing anything down. We are once again participating in ArtSydney08 (3 weeks before due date) and are already working on an exhibition schedule for 2009 and here is what you can expect in the near future.

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards

I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the bi-annual Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, being hung next to such fabulous and talented artists as Evert Ploeg, Paul Newton, Robert Hannaford, Peter Smeeth and Jan Williamson. As usual I didn’t manage to finish a portrait for the purpose and submitted a figurative piece depicting my friend Stephanie that was meant to be part of a show at Manyung galleries. It was one of the few pieces where she had her face showing and it could pass as a portrait. There are a couple of other “real” portraits on the go including one of television sweetheart Johanna Griggs and my own fabulous three year old with her favourite bear. I include completed works in next quarters newsletter.

The winner and runner up of the Shirley Hannan Portrait Award will be picked by Paul Delprat, Principal of the Julian Ashton Art School and announced at the opening night next weekend, Saturday June 7th.

To view a complete list of finalist for the Shirley Hannan Portrait Award click here

Show at Manyung Gallery during the month of June

Manyung Galleries on the Mornington Peninsula has been absolutely wonderful and supportive in organising a feature for me during their June exhibition. I will be going to cold Victoria for a couple of days to enjoy both the preview and the opening, apparantly in a very cosy and relaxed country setting with open fire places and attached restaurant. I’ve been told to bring long johns and wooly jumpers.

The show will feature 15 of my latest figurative pieces with the theme “Temptation and Forbidden Fruit” – A take on the modern woman who is not afraid to “take a bite of the forbidden fruit”, dealing with the way society looks at woman as the fallen sinner, the weaker sex, the easily manipulated whimsical damsel. What I am questioning here is if it’s really wrong to fall for temptations, are we as women too hard on ourselves to always be good, to succeed with another diet, to climb another step on our career ladder? Are we denying ourselves to experience pleasure without the guilt that has branded us women since the original sin, the eating of the forbidden fruit (hence a lot of snakes and apples in the paintings)? These paintings are about mature women who are not afraid to openly indulge in life, they are confident and defy a society that wants to put them in a box.

Opening night for the solo show at Manyung Gallery is Friday the 6th of June in Mt Eliza, Mornington Peninsula. For more info see

Renew and “Brand New”

After Wednesday’s Portrait Artists Australia’s Annual General Meeting it is confirmed that I will be renewing my committment to the society as part of the steering committee. Great things are lying ahead including our Annual Exhibition at the Arthouse Hotel with the theme “The Art of Healing”, a look at the medical profession and a travelling exhibition from our own state parliament house in Sydney to Parliament House in Canberra next year. To view PAA’s exciting list of members go to

I am also very excited to welcome a new gallery in Palm Beach Florida, who have been just fantastic to deal with. Arcature Fine Art was established in 1997 by Ryan Ross a very passionate art collector/consultant from New York. They specialise in buying and selling important 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, works on paper and sculptures and show a select few contemporary artists as well.

Their inventory includes works by: Frank Benson, Mary Cassatt, Marc Chagall, Joseph Decamp, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Prendergast, Pierre Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Edmund Tarbell, Robert Vonnoh, Willem De Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Wayne Thiebaud, Fernando Botero and many others. Web:

I am wanting to extend a heartfelt thank you to both Portrait Artists Australia, David Hart Galleries, Manyung Gallery, Arcature Fine Art as well as friends and family for believing in me and my work. There is nothing more uplifting and exciting than having someone see you as a bigger person than you can imagine and to live into that expectation.

With warmest regards,