Heather Chandler (Moore)
PROFILE – ARTIST HEATHER CHANDLER (MOORE)
artist & silversmith
Art has been a passion of Heather’s since she was very young therefore living on cattle stations in outback Qld inspired her to study the beautiful landscapes, colours, animals and people surrounding her. She is self-taught from artbooks and the occasional workshop tutored by other professional artists.
Heather’s first solo exhibition at the New Central Gallery, Brisbane which followed a 3 month trip through Qld’s Gulf Country in 1978/79 was a sell-out and introduced her to the professional art world. The publicity and recognition received from this prompted other galleries and organizations to invite her to exhibit in their centres so another solo exhibition followed in 1979 at Inverell in NSW. A mixed exhibition with two other female artists followed in 1980 at the Down’s Framing Studios in Toowoomba.
The 1990s began with a sell-out pastel exhibition in the foya of the Brisbane Hilton Hotel during the United Graziers’ Association’s Centennial Conference. Other works have been included in exhibitions throughout Australia including the Flying Arts School’s travelling Miniatures and Self-Portrait exhibitions as well as the travelling Billycans Exhibition which was instigated by the Waltzing Matilda Gallery in Winton for the Year of the Outback. Two of her works after winning awards now hang in the Waltzing Matilda Gallery in Winton.
Heather has won numerous awards and commendations throughout her painting career with some prestigious and very special ones amongst these. Another hangs in the foya of the Mt. Isa Civic Centre.
Stanbroke Pastoral Company commissioned a number of paintings as have other organizations such as the United Grazier’s Association, Central and Northern Graziers Association and BHP Billiton. One of the UGA commissions is now hanging in the National Farmers’ Federation House in Canberra. A very early painting which won an award when she was in her late teens is hanging in Parliament House, Brisbane . For a number of years Heather also taught art to children in isolated areas through Mt Isa School of the Air and Cloncurry ICPA with assistance from Priority Country Area Programme.
She has also illustrated a book written by a Paediatrician as an educational play. It helped to introduce different health professions in a humorous and entertaining way for young people throughout rural Australia. Proceeds from the first sales were donated to the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service.
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