E l a i n e M o r t i m e r
I’m particularly attracted to colour and line, being inspired by the different subjects on my travels and I love the Australian landscape, especially the change of seasons where I live in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. I still relish the joy of painting at my ripe old age and am sure this will never change.
After studying commercial art at the National Art School, Elaine Mortimer was employed in the art department of Farmers Department Store, Sydney, until her marriage. The couple moved to Wagga Wagga, where she taught art at the secondary level in Inverell and the Central Coast, during which time Mortimer held six solo exhibitions of her work. Returning to Sydney, she attended the watercolour classes of Frederic Bates, who encouraged greater informality in her work and to whom she credits her love of the medium.
Since 1976, she has had ten one-person shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions in galleries throughout Australia and abroad, among which are the New South Wales Women and Arts Festival, Gallery 460, Gosford; Wagner Gallery, Hong Kong; Orange Regional Gallery; the Royal Art Society of New South Wales; Lavender Bay Gallery, North Sydney; the Grand Festival of Watercolours, Korea; and, most recently, All About Turkey and A Fortunate Life, both at Mortimers of Orange Vineyard Gallery.
Mortimer’s particular interest is the Australian landscape, architecture and the mining industry, having painted commissions for the Inverell Sapphire Mines, the Newcrest Gold Mining Company and the Freeport MacMoran Gold Mines in Irian Jaya.
Having obtained a Diploma in Travel Writing and Photography in 1990 from the Australian College of Journalists, she has illustrated over 50 diaries of her many travels. With her late husband, Ian, she built and operated Australian Painting Holidays, Australia’s first private residential Art School, at Millthorpe in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, which they sold in 1993. Since 2007, she has collaborated with a Turkish archaeologist and historian in the establishment of a small business providing tours of Turkey for small groups. In addition to her travel diaries, she paints en plein air at every opportunity, exhibiting these paintings both in Australia and Turkey.
Elaine Mortimer has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1991 and is a former member of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales.