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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Roz McQuillan

I live in Melbourne Australia, and work as a full-time artist. I welcome commissions of nudes and portraits. 

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 unique beauty, their mood, 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. I work in a number of mediums, including pastel, charcoal and conte, 

pen and ink, gouache, watercolour, pencil, acrylics, photography, and mixed media, and currently, oils. I 

find that changing and experimenting with mediums keeps me fresh and open to learning.

Roz graduated from R.M.I.T. in the late 60’s with the Diploma of Illustration, and worked in children’s book 

illustration for a number of years. 
Her work is represented in private collections, including commissioned portraits.

Roz attends painting and life-drawing groups in Melbourne, and monitors a painting group at Hawthorn Artists 


She has always had a special affinity for portraits and the nude, and has worked in a number of mediums, 

including pastel, charcoal and conte, pen and ink, gouache, watercolour, acrylics, pencil, photography, and 

mixed media, and is currently painting in oils.

She has studied oil painting with Peter Churcher, Lee Machelak, and Maxwell Wilkes, and drawing with Godwin 


Awards include:

Best oil painting in the Victorian Artists Society Student Show 1999,

Highly Commended at Dandenong Rotary Art Show 2001,

Best Picture in any Medium under $1000 at the Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2002.

Selected to hang in the Alice Bale Art Award in 2001 and 2003.

Best Painting under $500 at the St. Kevin’s College Art Show 2003,

Highly Commended at Ivanhoe Art Show 2003,

Dean’s Encouragement Award at Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2004

Highly Commended at Bayside Art Show 2006

Best in Show Brighton Art Society 2006

Highly Commended at Aust. Guild of Realist Artists Summer Show 2006

Commended Aust. Guild of Realist Artists Winter Show 2007

Two Highly Commended Aust. Guild of Realist Artists Spring Show 2007

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