Roz McQuillan graduated from R.M.I.T. with the Diploma of Illustration, and worked in children’s book illustration for many years. She has had a passionate interest in portraits and the figure since childhood, and works in a number of mediums, including pastel, charcoal and conte, pen and ink, gouache, watercolour, acrylics, pencil, photography, mixed media, and currently, oils.
Her work, including commissioned portraits and nudes, is represented in many private collections, both Australian and International, and she has won a number of prizes and Highly Commendeds.
Roz convenes painting and life-drawing groups at Brighton Art Society in Melbourne, and has tutored in portrait drawing. She has studied oil painting with Peter Churcher, Lee Machelak, and Maxwell Wilkes, and drawing with Harold Freedman, Geoff Dupree and Godwin Bradbeer.
‘I developed a love of drawing as a child, when I first drew my aging auntie in the bath.
I have always been fascinated by people, their character and the individuality of their faces, which has led to my passionate interest in portraits and figurative work. My nudes are real people, not generic or idealized. I try to capture the essence of a person, their uniqueness and the way they express themselves in their body.
My other fascination is with the drama of light, and the way it shapes and changes objects, enhances composition, and creates mood.
Recent awards include ~
Best in Show, Brighton Art Society Annual Art Exhibition 2009 and 2010
Highly Commended, Aust. Guild of Realist Artists Summer Show 2009
Best Painting by a Bayside Artist, Porsche Bayside Art Show 2010
Best Nude or Portrait, Brighton Art Society Annual Art Exhibition 2011
Highly Commended, Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2012
Best in Show, Melb. Society of Women Painters & Sculptors Annual Exhibition 2012