This year I will be showing a collection of my highly detailed mandala inkwork both old and new over 3 venues.

 Tapestry of Life
by Cathy Gray and Eliza Piro

The Bendigo Bank in Norwood will host the joint exhibition of Eliza Piro and myself.  Eliza will bring her new series of exciting, colourful and bold paintings and in contrast I will have a collection of new highly detailed black and white work including my new Australian Botanical Piece Waratah.

SALA Mandala Workshop
I will also be holding an adult mandala workshop at the Bendigo Bank, Norwood on the 15th August 6.30 – 9.30.  Bookings through my website.

Passage of Time
Wood Relief Prints
By Cathy Gray and Karen Judd


These collaborative beautiful large scale tree prints pay tribute to the library of information each one of these trees hold.

The Dendrochronology not only tells us the age of the tree but the passage of time each tree has lived.  With each tree growing one ring annually these rings show a story of drought, fire, disease, insect plagues, wildlife and excessive rain.  Long after these trees have fallen they continue to change shape, swelling, splitting and contracting with the exposure to rain and sun.

We source these cross sections from fallen trees in the Adelaide Hills and besides the environmental story each tree has a human story to tell.  A marriage held under the shade of a once magnificent gum, the inspiration of the charcoal drawing of a cedar tree by Hans Heysen or a tree planted for a loved one passed too soon.

Each section is carefully brought back to our studio where we plane, sand and char the surface to reveal the depth of the rings, a process that can take days to complete.  Ink is then applied to the surface and the canvas to the ink, careful rubbing completes the process.  Only 10 prints are taken from each tree and every print will be unique.

Opening Night
145 Magill Rd, Stepney
Tuesday 6th August
6.00pm – 8.00pm

Art Expressions
123 Fisher St Fullarton
By Cathy Gray and Karen Judd

Group exhibition 55 Artists

Warooka ‘Bats for Will’

When I was asked to participate in ‘Bats for Will’ I jumped a the chance.

Robyn From Ballara

Well, yesterday was our final day of our month-long Warooka Bats for Will exhibition in Baker Bros. Gallery, located in the main street of our small town, Warooka. We’re so delighted to let you know that you’re part of a $8000+ fundraising effort towards the partnership of YP Leisure Options and Willo Industries. A most genuine and excited thank you to each and every one of you.

Ange Clarke – Willo Industries

Warooka Bats for Will supporters – YOU have helped us create not only a new benchmark standard and model of how we go forward with our Bats for Will exhibitions journey throughout rural Australia, but even more importantly, you’ve created a new level of awareness that I (Ange) and Willo so desperately work hard to achieve. Please do not ever doubt how deeply impactful a small, committed and passionate group of people can be, in creating vital awareness that absolutely transforms the lives of those around them, living with disability.

This awareness-building leads us to genuinely comprehend a fundamental fact; people don’t suffer from autism or suffer from a disability, people live with differences and so when you think of people like Will, he’s not suffering from the way he is – he suffers from the way he is perceived, he suffers from the lack of choice he is given, he suffers from not being seen for who he is and what he can do in his life.

In our two short years of Bats for Will, we have never seen the level of creativity, the level of community-mindedness or the level of inclusion displayed to us, whilst working with the Southern Yorke team (that is, the incredible humans involved with YP Leisure Options, Ballara/Baker Bros. Gallery, St Columba’s Memorial School, Warooka School and the generous and diverse artistic community). I say this with tears of gratitude in my eyes. A mural of Will looking out over Marion Bay is a huge part of our new Willo HQ – a small visual display of how this small but significant region has deeply touched our hearts.

So YP Leisure Options now refurbish cricket bats that go ALL around Australia, building more awareness, resulting in so much more understanding around the importance of choice, purpose, belonging and connections for those living with disabilities. Really, the beautiful works of art are just a conduit to opening doors to awareness, purpose, new friendships and all-round richer lives for the whole community.

The money raised from Warooka Bats for Will will help create a more inclusive and suitable space at YP Leisure Options, so that exciting and diverse activities and purposeful works can come from this capable and courageous group of people who meet, work and volunteer in Minlaton.

I’m constantly reminded that it’s not what happens to us in this life but how we respond, that matters most. If we choose to use our talents to help others, and choose to be more kind and compassionate to those who need our help, then we’ve all achieved the goal. The $8000 that you have helped us raise here in Warooka…it empowers us to keep making lives better.

With nothing but love, Ange

Each of you have either created, purchased outright, or successfully bid for a work of art, via the month-long silent auction. Over the next few days, you will receive an email from Robyn, with bank details for payment (for those who are yet to pay for their new bat/s) and instructions around collection of your beautiful Warooka Bats for Will artwork. Postage for those who cannot collect is possible at a cost of $20 per bat.

Thank you again, for making this beautiful journey towards awareness and purpose in our community and beyond, such a success.

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The Heysen – The Courier

The legacy of a historic tree that once stood sentinel alongside the studio of renowned local artist Hans Heysen has been preserved in ink.

Hills artists Cathy Gray of Bridgewater and Karen Judd of Hahndorf have made prints of the cross-section of one of the pine trees, known as the guardians, that formerly surrounded Heysen’s studio at his Hahndorf home, The Cedars.

Estimated to be as old as 150 years, the pine tree was felled about two years ago because it was at risk of falling on the studio.

Ms Gray said the prints preserved the story of the tree and the people who enjoyed it.

“You have to think back to everything that’s impacted the tree – how nature’s impacted it,” she said.

“Whether it be bugs that have embedded into it, the soil, drought … you’ve got to think, all those families that sat under that three and their stories.

“These trees were known as the guardians of The Cedars, so (Hans Heysen) would have sat in his studio and painted and (it would have) given him inspiration.

“His family of eight children lived here so they would have had picnics underneath there.”

An established artist, Ms Gray met Mrs Judd through Hills sport and the pair began experimenting with taking prints from trunk cross-sections about 18 months ago.

But it took them about six months of “trial and error” to before they perfected the art.

They only take prints from trees that have already been felled or fallen down and the process involves taking a cross section of the trunk, planing and sanding it back and burning it to enhance the tree rings before covering it with ink.

They then use pressure to lift the print onto canvass or paper.

They take 10 prints from every tree, spaced over a period of time, and Ms Gray said the wood often changed slightly in the intervals between

prints, meaning no two prints were ever the same. The Heysen tree has a special significance for Mrs Judd, whose grandmother’s adoptive parents owned The Cedars before selling it to Hans and Sallie Heysen in 1912.

But Ms Gray said there were a range of reasons that a tree print may be significant.

“They all have an amazing story with them – this is a tremendous story being a Heysen piece – but we have other pieces too that also have great stories.

“Trees have been planted in memory of people … people plant trees when babies are born – there’s lots of reasons trees get planted, so they’re really nature’s footprint.”

One of the prints of the Heysen tree will be on display at The Cedars throughout March.

The Heysen – The Advertiser

The Heysen – Click for link to The Advertiser

When an old pine tree threatened Sir Hans Heysen’s famous studio in Hahndorf, there was no question that the tree had to go. 

But two local artists have found a way to preserve its image, appropriately enough, on canvas. Heysen built his studio when he bought the property, “The Cedars”, in 1912.

It is the oldest artist’s studio in Australia and used to be flanked by two pine trees. Planted in the 1860s, the trees became known as the guardians of the studio.

One pine developed a dangerous lean, so it was cut down 18 months ago.

Hahndorf artists Cathy Gray and Karen Judd, working together as SABI Design, have been experimenting with ways of printing cross-sections of trees. Their limited edition, ink-on-canvas prints are striking artworks, but have also been used by families to preserve special memories.

“All our trees have a story,” said Judd, whose family has a special link with The Cedars. Her grandmother, 103-year-old Daphne Kroemer, was the adopted daughter of the Jackson family, who sold the property to Hans and Sallie Heysen in 1912. 

When they discovered the Heysen pine had been cut down, they knew it was just begging to be preserved as art.

“It was a way of telling the story to another generation,” Gray said.

It is particularly important for the local community.

“Everyone is so attached to the Cedars,” she said.

While Mrs Kroemer hadn’t lived in the house, she has been custodian of family records and memories, which have proved invaluable to historians.

Gray and Judd explained the long process of planing, sanding and burning before the wood can be inked. Only 10 of the huge tree prints, named, appropriately, “The Heysen” have been made and two have already been sold. One is on display at the Cedars throughout March.

Mrs Kroemer ventured out last week to see the artwork, and watched patiently while people tried to count the rings and wonder which ring was made when the house was purchased, when she was born, and when Heysen would have been looking at his tree, or sketching its bark in charcoal.

It is, she summed up, “pretty good.”


Work in Progress

From Behind Bars

My work in progress.  Its not often I have a plan ( my work usually just evolves) but this piece was created by way of a passing comment.  One day whilst watching my son play footy, a mum said to me ” I bet you would struggle creating a rectangle”…… This is my rectangle, we have had and continue to have a love/hate relationship.  We are not finished with each other yet, but we are taking a little break until I can see what needs to happen with the bars.  The story will continue…..

Well last week I start working on this piece again.  The bars came to me and I am very happy with the way they are progressing.

This piece is  65 x 45 cm and has been an epic one.


The beginning

Two become one

A little more work

Starting to take shape

Light at the end of the tunnel

Long hours

From Behind Bars

So this is where we are.





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