Gallery 2 featuring Coralie Beattie, Jean Hurley,

Coralie Beattie

Coralie in her studio

Coralie in her Studio

We We first met Coralie at an open air market in Port Macquarie in 1999.  The occasion was memorable because the crowds had just arrived when the heavens opened and we were drenched.   Even though the trading had come to an abrupt halt Coralie had seen enough to make up her mind to obtain and iron and wax.  We later learned that she had not painted since her early school years and that her father was a professional artist.  She quickly became proficient and spent many weekends at local markets and fairs as well as craft shows.  She gained her teacher accreditation and some of her pictures can be seen here.  Many people on tourist coaches have visited her studio to witness her demonstrations of painting with beeswax. Coralie’s speciality are incredible trees and waterfalls  and there are several examples here.  We remember well the painting she gave us of her “Castles on the Lake” which measured 42cm by 29.5 cm and had to be copied in two parts.

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Jean Hurley

Jean Hurley

Jean first saw Margaret demonstrating at an open air function celebrating Australia Day in the year 2000.  Whilst attracted to the wax images from the start it took a few visits to the stand during to course of the day to convince her to take up the magic of painting with wax.  After a lesson from Margaret and a bit of practice she

quickly developed her own style and took over local demonstrations from Margaret  whilst she was away travelling.  Very successful attendances at the annual Sir William Dobell Festival at Rathmines, the Newcastle and Morisset Shows,  Newcastle Art Society’s annual Art Exhibition and numerous other venues have followed over the years. Jean specialises in developing wax art with various forms of craft such as paper toll, scrapbooking, and card making in general.  Several examples of her expertise can be seen here. In recent times she has obtained an A2 Hotplate and is busy mastering that equipment.

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G2-70I have always found art in various forms very therapeutic.  In 2004 while attending “Stitches and Craft in Brisbane, I was introduced to Encaustic Painting with Beeswax by Margaret and Ian Hesford.  Margaret noticed I was interested and suggested I “give it a go……”which I did. I knew at once it had great potential and since thenI have made cards, gift and fridge tags scenes and I’ve alsopainted on Ostrich, Emu and Goose eggs.  The most exciting part is that the topic need not be planned, just choose the colour, iron and immediately the imagination does the rest.  I highly recommend Encaustic Painting with Wax as a relaxing, inspiring and fun form of Art.

In September this year  we had the pleasure of having lunch with Sister Maria and were amazed at her conversion of a laundry to an art and craft studio in her one bedroom flat.


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Trudie Anne Moore

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“Painting has been a part of my life since a young age. In 2006 at a local fair, I was intrigued by a fellow selling small encaustic works and creating small cards with an iron and coloured waxes. We exchanged details and he took us through a lesson, and we bought a kit. Discovering encaustic art has sparked a passionate creativity within me like no other media has, and remains to this day. I love it because there are no limits to what can be created using a variety of techniques and formats.

To me there is a mystical quality about the wax and takes on a life and direction of it’s own. Encaustic art has enriched my life beyond words”.





Betty Descovich

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Margaret came to my home and gave me some lessons and I was hooked.   This ancient art form opened up another form of creativity for me. Despite  Margaret showing me how to paint lovely tranquil scenes, my art takes its own course, and totally different effects are created.
Much of my art seems to resemble under-water caves and caverns and flowing colours on the walls.   I’ve always liked caves, and I think this subconsciously comes out in my paintings.
I’m not an artist in the normal sense of the word, but using encaustic has taken my paintings into different realms and dimensions.  AND  I  LOVE  IT.
I had won a prize at the local show, and from there was asked to have an exhibition of my works at the Wondai Art Gallery. For me, this is not an art form that allows me to paint a scene form a photograph, as other artists are able to do.  Mine have a life all their own.
I enjoy the seemingly endless variety of images that are created.  The iron often seems to be in control of the other-worldly paintings.  Often faces and animals appear that I couldn’t have actually drawn there.   As one of the other featured artists commented, it takes on mystical qualities.
Thank  you Margaret and Ian, your encaustic art has been such a source of happiness and wonderment to me since I first saw it.

Betty  Descovich.


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Jack Rose

We first met Jack Rose and his wife Betty when we attended a Craft Show at Rosehill Racecourse in about 1998. Throughout the whole day whenever Margaret looked up to the crowd there he was watching intently. When crowds thinned out at the end of the day Margaret invited him to sit down and have a go. He protested that his wife did that sort of thing and he had his shed. Never the less he accepted Margaret’s invitation and before long he was painting pictures. Betty came back to find out what all the fuss was about and they took home a kit. Jack became quite proficient with the iron and wax and painted many pictures with a charming naivety. A man of few words he demonstrated at many Lions, Seniors and Charity groups as well as at a regular market venue. Until ill health overtook him he was passionate about spreading his art to others.

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Maryke De Vries

IMG_1977In 2005 I happen to be at a CMCA (Caravan and Motor Home Club of Australia) members market,and found Margaret Hesford demonstrating painting with coloured bees wax. I was instantly blown away by the amazing paintings which developed in a very short time. I said to my husband I would love a kit for my up coming birthday, but that request fell on deaf ears, so empty handed I left.
Some weeks later after painting with a friends iron and waxes, there was no stopping me and I ordered a kit for myself and have no regrets in doing so. I’ve had many hours of joy and pleasure painting and finding my own techniques.
Ten years on and I still enjoy painting for pleasure and demonstrating at craft groups as we travel around Australia. At some caravan parks I love letting the children have a try and it is so rewarding to see them leave with a painting they achieved on their own.
I’ve given lessons on our travels, the reward is seeing others enjoying this amazing art form which gives me a lot of pleasure.

By Maryke de Vries,
Highways Australia