All about our Tutors

Maria Field - Watercolour Painter

Maria Field, self-taught Brisbane artist and chocoholic, began her love affair with art at the age of 5 when she received a 36 colour paint box which became her most treasured possession. 

Maria delights in creating colourful, clean, transparent watercolours, loving the challenge of the exhilarating medium with her work encompassing many subjects. “Watercolour is so alluring, fresh, luminous and exciting and I never tire of its fluid seduction and spontaneity. I just have to paint, if I don’t, I don’t feel complete.  It’s as if these paintings are inside me and if I don’t get them out I will simply explode! God has created a beautiful world and I would just like to portray some of that wonder. Subjects that inspire me usually have elements of light/shade, colour or shape.”

She also loves to create vibrant floral oils and acrylics, impressionistic pastels and detailed pastel Pet Portraits. Maria enjoys sharing her love of art by teaching several weekly art classes throughout Brisbane, giving workshops, demonstrations and tutoring at the USQ McGregor School. “I want to be able to pass on the knowledge I have gathered and more importantly to share the sheer joy that art can give.”

Maria was featured in the May 2010, February 2011 and November 2011 editions of Australian Artist magazine. Since commencing competing in shows in 2003, Maria has won over 57 awards, including 17 Firsts, “Champion of Show” Samford Show 2007 and “Reserve Champion” Samford 2009. She was commissioned by the Lord Mayor's Office to do a watercolour painting of Brisbane as an international gift and four of her paintings have been bought by the Ipswich Art Gallery for their permanent collection.  
Her works are held in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and in England, Canada, South Africa, Italy, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Japan. 

Cary McAulay - Oil and Acrylic Painter

Cary was born 1963 Innisfail (Mamu Country) Queensland and drew mostly in biro from the age of 4 until his first oil painting at the age of 16. With a strong foundation in the values of drawing, when he began painting there was an explosion of bright colour in his art. The creative flood-gates had opened!

The youngest of 8 in an artistic family with 2 other artists and an author as siblings, Cary had plenty of encouragement to be an artist and has always identified as one. After winning several art shows, Cary was encouraged to become a professional by his family at the age of 22.

Cary was always active teaching art, beginning in Primary School by teaching his mates how to draw superheroes. Since those days Cary has taught many students how to draw and paint in his studios with 3 turning professional
 in their own right!

“Each of us have natural artistic talent, we all have different and individual ways of expressing ourselves through art. Some prefer to draw instead of painting and vice versa. They are already artists, I help refine your skills and teach you new ones. Step by step, you will gain in confidence and skill to be able to impress all who view your art work.” 

Cary has won many Art Awards all over Australia, ranging from The Portland Art Prize, The Inaugural Calvary Art Prize and more recently the Bendemeer Art Prize (twice).  

“With my art, I focus on the beauty of our environment and our effect we have upon the natural world.”

Cary has also taught for several TAFE institutions and has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He has a gentle way to improve your existing skills as a painter. Enroll in one of Cary's sessions and find out how to use the knowledge of the great artists.  After all, they have done the hard work for you and  already answered most of the hard questions about painting.