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Jan Cummings has had a lifelong interest in painting and drawing. Her parents encouraged her with good materials and books, and as a young teenager she attended Saturday morning TAFE classes, and continued in part-time art instruction while qualifying and working as a secondary-school teacher.

Hanna Lichti became interested in art as a balance to a hectic work schedule. Art became the breathing space. Hanna draws inspiration from her country upbringing: the colour and the landscape and loves the unpredictable results when experimenting with wash and colour.

Jan remembers:

"While I taught full-time for 6 years in NSW and the UK, I attended evening classes in drawing and painting.

"When I was a stay-at-home mother in the 1970’s, a kind neighbour offered to “mind the baby” and I eventually completed an Art Certificate part-time at the National Art School at Wollongong TAFE. 

"Two terms of teaching back in a secondary school persuaded me that I wanted to be in a more congenial atmosphere, so I returned to TAFE the next year to undertake a full-time Higher Art Certificate.  With the concentrated effort, my work blossomed and I have kept working with the encouragement of a little band of painting-mates from TAFE days. 

"We moved back to Sydney in 1986. I renewed contact with the Willoughby Arts Centre where I still attend one class a week and vacation workshops for the camaraderie and to expand my range of techniques. Colour, design and structure continue to fascinate me, and wonderful teachers – Ruth Faerber, Ron Lambert, Ted Hall, Philip Martin, Mieke Cohen - have shared their knowledge and techniques, while family life and travel have provided endless subject matter."

Her favourite painters are Cezanne, Matisse, Bonnard, Van Gogh and the post impressionists but she also feels strongly the influence of oriental art.  She likes the challenge of using different mediums and unusual formats, as opposed to traditional Australian landscapes.

She says, "Creating a work of art relaxes me and once I reach a state of 'flow', I feel energized.  It is 10 years since I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease but so far I have not found it to be an artistic hindrance – I tend to be stiff and slow, rather than having a tremor.  Using the computer mouse accurately is more difficult than wielding a paintbrush!"

Hanna says"

"I became interested in art and producing art in the 1990’s. Initially it was in the context of trying to produce more overall balance to a very hectic and exacting work schedule.

"Art became my “breathing space” and I began taking drawing and painting classes.

"More recently I have been lucky to join Ruth Faerber’s class at the Willoughby Art Centre. Her generosity and enthusiasm for imparting her knowledge about art and its production has been inspiring.

"Growing up in country New South Wales gave me little in the way of formal art education, but it gave me an introduction to colour in a vast way within a landscape. Sunset over the plains is still one of my favourite images. My work draws heavily on the qualities of the media and the use of water as wash or thinning agent. I love the unpredictable results which occur when colour is allowed to run or meets a resistance, or where media are used in new ways. I admire the art of Rosalie Gascoigne and Sidney Nolan for its innovation."

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