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"Ria is a self taught artist with a remarkable eccentric realist style influenced by her medical training. Expressing her love of fantasy and tales of the imagination, her paintings appear as scenes from yet to be written legends. In The Nocturnal Ones she places herself in a strangely familiar night forest surrounded by Tasmanian animals. In White Leather & Chrome her exquisitely rendered male nude has giant wings folded behind him as he sits in reverie.

She works in a wide variety of mediums, from traditional oil paint to pencil, marker pen and ink. Ria’s draftsmanship is wonderful, demonstrating a commitment to life drawing as practice for the figure.

Ria is one of many contemporary online artists who form a community that encourage and mentor each other, sharing experiences and themes. Their techniques are informed by book and graphic novel illustration, by graffiti and PreRaphaelism."
Betty Nolan, Nolan Art, Hobart Tasmania

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..Is more of a little winding dirt track, full of rocks & holes to trip the unwary. But if you take your time & treat it as a rejuventating stroll, you notice it goes through a lush & picturesque landscape, full of inspiring scenes & occasional new friends & guides! I'm all inspired & excited!

It's been a while coming for me, but I feel I've found the path again, & now I've had some exciting rewards!
I've just won first prize in the professional artist category at the Royal Hobart Show! Then to my surprise & great honour, I came runner up overall! 

If you want to see a pic of me too excited to stand still for a photo, here's the link to my facebook post! It was just the confidence boost I needed, & I'm so grateful to the show, it's organizers & judges for giving this opportunity to our community! Putting art into an agricultural show is a great way to bring it to much wider audience, & introduce it to people who might not normally have a chance to look at original art works.

 Hobart Show

If you happen to be in Tasmania, Australia this week, take some time to check out the show's art pavillion: the art from the hobby artist categories is just as high quality as the professionals (it was a hobbyist who won the overall prize!) and it's a great opportunity for collectors as we all keep our prices in the community spirit category! 
  • Listening to: Boy & Bear
  • Reading: Ancilliary Justice by Ann Leckie
  • Watching: The Strain
  • Playing: Velocity (on PS vita)
  • Eating: toast & guacamole
  • Drinking: coffee

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ManuelAdrianzen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
thanks a lot for the fave and watch, there goes a llama for you, have a nice day
BGai Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Hi Ria! Thanks for another fave! Glad you like it, something new for me!
secretplanet Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
those beautiful rich colours! made me think of opulent fabric, funnily enough: like silk & lace! lovely!
BGai Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Thank you that's nice! Do you Marije's work?                                
She does things like that all the time and I can't work out how!
BGai Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Hello Ria! Thanks for the watch!! I hope you see things you like. If you're interested in birds - did you see my journal? It starts tomorrow so there is still time to register if you are interested.
NudeTaylor Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wonderful work!
secretplanet Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thankyou so much! :hug:
NudeTaylor Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You are welcome!  If you like my look and ever need reference photos, I would be honored to give some to you from my private collection.  I have thousands that are not posted on dA (that also fully show my face) - everything from classic nudes to highly erotic.  Please let me know your thoughts and keep up the great work! 

OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Welcome to...

... the WATCHERS ....

.....  of the Apocalypse-Visions V(^_^)
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch, Ria :)
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