About the Artist

Gwendolin is a Newcastle based painter working from her studio in Mayfield NSW

Gwendolin Lewis


I studied a degree in Fine Art majoring in painting at Newcastle University graduating in 2001. My techniques and subject matter can be quite diverse which reflects my early training in commercial design. I find the love of trees and natural shapes a place to begin a painting. Living in Newcastle NSW Maritime themes have also been a major subject.
My work ranges from soft impressionistic pastels to larger works of spontaneous mark-making and as I have lived near the sea for the past 40 years both of these environments have had a strong influence on my painting subjects.

A love of mark making and gestural drawing as much as actual painting is what makes me sing , that’s why PASTEL features in my work as it’s a drawing medium. Soft Pastels have a brilliance and beauty that is unique to the medium and one stroke of colour inspires the next.

Time and place also play a part in the same form that a diary would, recording times of day and effects of light, and transitional moods I enjoy developing my art practice when painting and teaching in Newcastle in the cooler months, which is when I mainly focus on the landscape using traditional materials such as Oil, Acrylic and Soft Pastels.

I am an exhibiting Member of the Pastel Society of Australi and the Australian Society of Maritime Artists.
Exhibiting regularly, teaching classes and giving workshops to groups fills my desire to connect with other artists and extend myself on a weekly basis. It may seem like second nature but it has been a long road of discovery and learning to find my voice.
My philosophy is to keep an open mind and devote my life to always learning something new.

Prizes 2004 – 2018

Exhibiting History

Gwendolin Lewis