Personal Statement

My paintings are a personal response to my life: living in Sydney, painting, teaching and bringing up a family in Longueville. As a Sydney artist and resident I am enthralled with our city, harbour and bushland and how we as people relate to it. Many of my paintings have a water- nautical aspect to them… I am a water person, fascinated with reflections and moods of water in the landscape. I am constantly being drawn to watery themes in my work. Many of my works explore the themes of water transparency, floating shapes, tidal flows, natural harbour flora and layering of the colourful and fascinating  history of Woodford Bay, Longueville where I can always find inspiration.

Watercolour is such a fluid medium and it amazes me how it is so interesting and varied in its application and diversity, the colours are pure and vibrant. I enjoy using it in a contemporary manner!


I like experimenting with a variety of mediums and I believe that ‘playing’ in a child-like manner with your materials is very important to finding Creative Expression. I try to capture the Essence of the subject rather than just a realistic representation. 


I would classify my painting as Expressionist with strong influences from Matisse and Dufy. I studied with artist Kevin Connor and Colin Lanceley. I am moved by Lloyd Rees’ paintings, especially his later works when his eyesight was failing but the attitude of the works is full of light and atmosphere (often Longueville, Northwood, Lane Cove Sydney subjects). 

Another strong influence that is revealed in this latest series is my interest in Japanese Art, calligraphy and philosophy. I spent some time in Japan last year where I gained an appreciation of their use of inks, watercolours, dyes and handmade natural papers.

From my last France Art Tour in 2012, I have steered my painting towards unusual colour combinations and experimentation with surface textures.

After teaching Art in high schools and Special Education, I formed my own small art group in 1987 in my studio attached to my house in Woodford Street Longueville: Pamela Fairburn’s 'Woodford Bay Art Group'. Over 200 people have joined the group and many of the students and artists have been attending for over 10 years. The group has had many art exhibitions: “Art In The Courtyard” exhibitions where the courtyard and studio are a backdrop to show their individual paintings and drawings. My aim for this art group is to encourage the students to find their creative selves and gain artistic skills and knowledge which enriches their lives. 

I have taken groups on art tours…. Vienna, Croatia, New Zealand, Central Australia. Some art workshops are closer to Sydney; Cockatoo Island, Colo River, Central Coast, Bundanon, Shoalhaven, Norah Head Light house, South Coast, Hunter Valley and Lord Howe Island. In Oct/Nov 2012 I conducted an Art Tour to visit Paris, Provence and the French Riviera - experiencing the Art, History and Culture with painting workshops in wonderful venues such as Matisse’s own studio in Vence!

While travelling and visiting galleries in France I gained insights into the works of Monet, Chagall, Picasso, Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Dufy, Leger, Gauguin, Morisot and Pissarro and many more French inspired artists.

In May 2014 I returned with an Art Tour to Vence and the French Riviera and then we went on to paint in Aragon & visit Barcelona, Spain.

November 2014 found me leading a painting tour to Hobart and its nearby highlands.

The 'Colours of America' Painting Tour to south-west USA was successfully presented in May/June 2015.

In October 2015 we toured and painted in Central Victoria with 15 guests, visiting Woodend, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Maldon and Castlemaine.

It was back to Europe in April/May 2016 to lead an art and painting tour to Sicily, Italy; whilst in October 2016 we visited Fiji on our 'Paint Paradise' Art Tour.

We enjoyed a 10-day small-group Painting Tour to Kangaroo Island in March 2017.


The creative journey continues.…....



Pamela Fairburn