Faye M. Owen, B.Ed., Dip. Tech. Teach., PSVA. Born in Port Fairy, Victoria.
Interspersed with raising a family alongside other occupations, Faye practised various arts and crafts, studied oil painting with Joseph Church, watercolour with Margaret Cowling and pastels with Barbara McManus. She gained education qualifications at Hawthorn Institute and completed some other art courses while teaching floristry apprentices at Box Hill College of TAFE for thirteen years.
Faye has participated in a wide variety of art workshops and events including painting tours of many parts of Australia and overseas. She has completed commissions in floral, animal, land/sea/sky-scape paintings as well as portraits.
Memberships include the Victorian Artists Society (VAS), the Pastel Society of Victoria Australia (PSVA), Geelong Art Society (GAS) and Anglesea Art House. She was President of the PSV 2000/2002, Committee Member PSV 1996/2002, Committee member GAS 2005-.2007, a participant in numerous joint exhibitions and has had twelve solo exhibitions. A teacher, demonstrator and judge at various galleries and art events, examples of her work can be seen at www.fayemowen.com.au and on display at the Lara Medical Centre, amongst other seasonal exhibitions in various venues across Victoria.
‘This subject was painted plein air during a visit to Castlemaine with a number of artist friends. We were attracted by many features of this historic town and the Courthouse carried this particular ambience. The light falling on the gate and its pillars at the time shone with an invitation to capture it quickly. I would describe my work as an impressionist style, seeking to use light and shade as much as colour, to represent the spirit of the subject and the moment. I have been honoured to receive oil painting awards for this painting at two different exhibitions.’
Castlemaine Courthouse Gate is currently on display at Jellis Craig, 164 Barker St. Castlemaine.