BIO

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.

About Lara


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.

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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.

 Exhibitions

  • 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

 Solo Shows

  • 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

Grants

  • 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.