A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.

Louis Nizer

Burnt Orange II by Natasha Barnes

Jeana Castelli

I was born in the South West town of Donnybrook in 1950 to Italian
immigrants. My love of art and dance emerged when I was still only a
child. . My first love was ballet and dance and it’s movement and
passion has always been a great source of inspiration in my work as a
painter. In my youth I also loved to draw and paint and at school I excelled achieving excellent scores and winning a number of prizes. My Italian heritage has to a great degree influenced my use of colour and movement in my earlier figurative works. In 2004 my husband Vince and I moved from Perth to Bunbury to take up permanent residency, where I now have the privilege of painting on a full time basis. Art and the creative process of painting has always been an integral part of my life. I have participated in many exhibitions in Perth and here in the South West including three solo exhibitions since being in Bunbury in the last ten years. I have also been commissioned to do a number of works. In 2016 I was invited to show my work in the Sydney based national Art/Edit magazine winter issue and also invited to exhibit in the Agora Gallery Chelsea NY.

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In the past I have focused on figurative, naïve and a more impressionist style of work. In the last three years I have changed direction to what may be considered more abstract realism. I continue to hone my skills and have found my passion lies in the Australian landscape. The Australian landscapes are a great source of inspiration with it’s ruggedness and richness of colour and serenity. The use of color has always been an important factor to me in expressing my impressions and insight into the Australian landscape. Recently I have begun exploring and experimenting with various techniques, a variety of mediums with the intention of creating different textures and outcomes . This gives me the freedom to create and look at the landscape from a new perspective and allows the viewer to find their own mystery in my work. I am working from my studio at home in Bunbury and continually strive to develop my skills, find new direction and inspiration.

CV
Perth– participated in various exhibitions. St Hilda’s Private School Annual Art Exhibition, Swan Barracks Art Exhibition and Newman College Annual Art Exhibition,
Melville City Council and the Town of Vincent Art Exhibitions.
Margaret River Fair (WINERY)
Participated two years and sold a number of my paintings.
Bunbury Regional Arts Gallery Survey Exhibition – was accepted and exhibited 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014
BRAG Christmas Shop Exhibition – 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,2017, 2018
Australian Open Garden Scheme – Art Exhibition -Too 2009 Yandee Homestead at Toodjay.
Churchlands High School Art Exhibition – 2016, 2017
Art Extraordinaire Bunbury Catholic College – participated yearly since 2007.
Shire of Dardanup Art Spectacular 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017
Dardanup Art Trail Ferguson Falls Winery Estate – Artist in Residence – 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Mandjar Art Awards 2014, 2015, 2016 – City of Mandurah
Minnawarra Exhibition 2014,2015,2017– City of Armadale
Vasse Art Awards 2014
City of Melville Art Awards 2014, 2015, 2017
Perth College Art Exhibition – by invitation – 2016
Cystic Fibrosis Art Exhibition Perth – by invitation – 2016
City of Busselton Art Exhibition 2018 – submitted application and accepted.
City of South Perth Art Exhibition – submitted application and accepted.
Gallery Representation
The Margaret River Gallery,Margaret River, WA
Gallery 360 Hay Street, Subiaco WA
Commissions
Three paintings of Flamenco Dancers – $900
Caf-Fez – $2,000
Painting for Dome Cafe – $3,000
Three paintings for Casella’s Restaurant located on Koombana Bay – $3,000
Painting for client of the Australind estuary – $2,000
Painting for Fremantle couple focusing on Fremantle from the Memorial – $1,800
Three paintings for Private Clients Price – $4,300
Painting of Marlston Foreshore for Private Client – Price: $1500
Painting for clients in Perth Accountancy firm – $4750
Solo Exhibitions
Bunbury 2004 – held my first solo exhibition at the Artery Gallery and Scasella’s Restaurant Function Room – My work focused on my Italian heritage.
Front Room Gallery, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries – A Journey Revisited
Awards
Highly Commended – Dardanup Art Spectacular 2016
Highly Commended – Dardanup Art Spectacular 2017

Current Activities and Invitations
Bunbury Regional Art Gallery South West Now Art Exhibition to be held early 2018 – submitted abdication and accepted. Presently working on painting.
Invited to showcase works at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea New York 2016.
Invited to participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Art Auction 2016.
Art/Edit national magazine based in Sydney -promoted painting in Winter Issue 2016 and Spring issue 2018 and website. Presently promoting work on a weekly basis in their newsletter.

Donated Paintings
2008 – Two Paintings donated to fundraising breakfast in Bunbury for Breast Cancer Research.
2009 – Bunbury Long Table Lunch – fundraising event. Painting sold for $4,000.
2009 – donated painting to the Breast Cancer Long Lunch raising event.
2012 – donated two painting for fundraising event for the Solaris Group
2013 – donated painting for John Castrilli’s Campaign for the WA state election
2014 – donated painting for fundraising to Mental Health Week.
2015 – MS Society donation of one large painting – sold for $2000
2016 – MS Society donation of one large painting – sold for $1500.
2016 – invited and participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Annual fund raising Exhibition –
– Sold one of two paintings for $3500.
2017 – Donated painting for fund raising event Bunbury Garden Labyrinth project.

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