Catherine Blamey Wheeler, Stained glass and visual artist.
I live in South Gippsland close to iconic Wilsons Promontory National Park. The people living in this small rural community are connected to the land as dairy farmers or have come to live here for the shear beauty of the landscape.
The inspirational rolling hills, silver inlets and lonely beaches have fostered a growing arts community of which I am blessed to be a part. The nearest town, Fish Creek doesn’t have a bank but it has four art galleries.
I consider myself to be both an artist and crafts person working in the mediums of stained glass, leadlight, acrylic on canvas and charcoal with water colour on paper. I have always loved vintage crafts and have been knitting, spinning and painting on textiles since I was a child.
I have worked in collaboration with individuals and communities to create bespoke art works for over twenty years. I am inspired by responding to the unique vision of the client, and enjoy discovering their aesthetic ideas and how they can be represented in stained-glass or art. I have also worked with communities on public commissions to make stained glass and art for public spaces. I am experienced in working to a design brief and in community consultation.
I have a Fine Arts degree from Monash University (1981-1984) and a graduate certificate in Visual Arts from Monash University (2009). I have also studied Writing and Editing at Gippsland TAFE (2010).