My art practice involves cultivating presence and stillness. I hope to invite us to know ourselves, to reflect and listen to the stories we carry within and allow them to inspire us toward compassionate action in the way we live. My love of the wild, untamed expansiveness of nature and my curiosity regarding the layered depths of human beings, inspire both figurative and abstract expressions of the human and natural world.
Lara trained at one of the most prestigious art schools in Australia majoring in painting and film. More recently she completed a PhD in creative arts, La Trobe University, utilizing the arts to explore the many layers of consciousness within each of us. Her PhD won the prestigious Nancy Millis Medal of excellence. She has had numerous solo and group shows, been a finalist in a number of art prizes and won competitive art grants. Her artwork has been collected and exhibited nationally and internationally. Lara’s studio is located in the beautiful Australian Coastal town of Lorne, she accepts commissions and exhibits Australia wide as well as internationally.
Artistic Curriculum Vitae
Education and Professional Development
PhD, Creative Arts, La Trobe University, Bundoora, 2015-2018
Bachelor of Fine Arts, VCA, Melbourne commenced 2006
Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts Completed 2009
La Trobe College of Art and New Media Certificate and completion of Diploma Course 2005
Yvonne Audette private class tuition 2005
Mentoring and classes in “Dynamic Drawing” Artist Ron Curran 2002-2005
Mentoring and residency with Artist Marr Grounds 1993-2000
25 years study Meditation, Mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy.
Invited to Exhibit, Kinross Gallery, Toorak, July/August 2014.
Invited to Exhibit Qdos Gallery, Lorne, April/May 2014
Invited to Exhibit, Qdos Gallery, Lorne, Victoria, July 2013
Invited to Exhibit, Solo Show, Gallery@city Library, Flinders Lane, April 4th –28th, 2012.
Invited to Exhibit, Solo Show, Projections, Gallery@city Library, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, September, 2012
Awards/Finalist/Semi-Finalist in Art Prizes
Awarded the Nancy Millis Medal for her Creative PhD ‘Returning Home’, 2019
Semi-Finalist, Mt Eyre Art Award, September 2013
Finalist, People’s choice awards, The Mission to Seafarers Annual Art Award, October, 2013
Finalist, From Darkness to Light, Chapel on Station Gallery, September 2013
Finalist, Flanagan Art Award, Ballarat, Victoria, August, 2013
Finalist, Wilson Art Award, Lismore, NSW, August, 2013.
Finalist, Walker St Gallery Emerging Artist Awards/Exhibition, Group show, September 1-27, 2011
Returning Home, Kinross Gallery, Toorak October12 – November 6th, 2017
Reflections, Gasworks Arts Park, Roberts-Bird Gallery, September 19th – October 9th, 2011
Pigment Gallery March 24th – April 14 2010
Select Group Shows
Sacred Edge Arts for wellbeing, Group Show, Queenscliff, 2017
Sacred Edge Arts for wellbeing, Group Show, Queenscliff, 2016
Sacred Edge Arts for Wellbeing, Group Show, Kinross Arts Centre, Toorak, 2015
Sacred Edge Arts for wellbeing, Group Show, Queenscliff, 2015
• Cambridge Studio Portrait Show, Feb-March, 2014.
The Secret Life of the City, 69 Smith St, Fitzroy, November 24th to December 19th, 2010
Picture This, 2010, Brunswick St Gallery, July 17 – 29th 2010
Carbon Black Gallery, June 27 – July 18th 2010
Snapshot 10/10, Carbon Black Gallery June 9- 27, 2010
Pigment Gallery April 14th – July 5th 2010
The Untitled Group Show, Fresh Gallery, Fitzroy. November 28th –December 9th, 2006
Summer Samples, Intrude Gallery, Station St., Fitzroy, 2005 and 2006
It Takes A Long Time, La Trobe Street Gallery, La Trobe St. Melbourne, November 2005
Received Grant 10,000 from City of Melbourne, 2009. Creative Director/Producer of Melbourne Street Arts Project (MSAP), a 2 day min-festival for disadvantaged street artists.