Spreading the word!

Recently I was lucky to have had  articles published about me in two magazines.  The first was in the February issue of Duo in the section called “Five minutes with….”  If you’d like to read the article here’s the link:

and it’s towards the end on p. 144.  The second article was in artgaze magazine and the link to read that one is:  http://artgazemagazine.com/2017/03/04/meet-local-artist-elise-higginson/

In other news, it was exciting to know that the launch to the Colours of Queensland exhibition took place on the 11th March.  That means that my painting will start touring the state around the various venues that are outlined in my previous post.  These are exciting times!



Chosen for the QRAA Touring Exhibition again!

I was very excited to be informed that for the second time, the painting that I entered into the Queensland Regional Art Awards for 2016 has been chosen as one of those to tour around the state.  I achieved this success with my entry “Tropical Paradise” which is an abstract piece suggestive of colourful tropical foliage.  It fitted perfectly with the theme “Colours of Queensland.”  The venues for the 2017 tour are:

The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane.  2-18 March.

David Sutton Gallery, Cloncurry      1st April -6 May

TBC                                                          May 2017 – June 2017

Lapunyah Gallery, Chinchilla            22 July -30 August

Texas Regional Art Gallery                 12 September – 13 October

Artspace, Mackay                                 27 October – 10 December

Goondiwindi Art Space                        13 January – 23 February 2018


Some of my gallery of paintings and other news…

I would like to take this opportunity to post some pictures of my paintings that have not yet appeared on my blog.  If you see something you like be sure to let me know and we can talk about price.  Send me a message by replying here or send an email to:  elisejh1994@gmail.com   I’d love to hear from you!

In other news for me, I have entered this years Queensland Regional Art Awards again, and look forward to seeing all of the entries posted in the near future.  This state wide competition has held success for me on two occasions before now.  In 2011 I won the “People’s Choice Award” which resulted in an exciting trip to Brisbane to spend the prize winnings of $700 at the Brisbane Art Shed!  Then in 2014 I had my painting called “Cane Fire”  (an abstract version of a cane fire) selected for the Touring Exhibition.  This piece sold at one of the many regional galleries incorporated in the tour.    The theme for 2016 is called “Colours of Queensland,” and if you’d like more information here is the QRAA’s website:  http://flyingarts.org.au/whats-on/qraa-2016/

What’s on my immediate horizon….

Coming up on October 24th is the Riverway Artist Markets.  I will be a stallholder there.  I will be selling small paintings, original photos with inspirational sayings, and a few larger pieces… all at great prices.    If you’d like more information:


Umbrella Studio

I am also a member of Umbrella Studio, and I’m excited about the fact that, due to sponsorship, it’s not just a member’s exhibition, but a competition for Umbrella members attracting a $1000 prize.  The theme this year is, “Technicolour.”  I have already painted my entry.  Wish me luck!!!

Renegade Handmade

I will also be doing the Renegade Handmade Mega Holiday Markets on November 28th and 29th.  My stall will offer many original paintings etc. which would be perfect for unique Christmas gifts.  If you’d like more information on this:


Let me share some of the things I’ve been up to lately….



During September, I had a painting in Sylvia Ditchburn’s Fine Art Gallery.  She hosted a group artist themed  exhibition called, “Floral Bouquet”.  I entered my painting entitled Tropical Paradise. There were so many colourful entries in all sorts of mediums.  I’ll also be entering a painting in her upcoming themed exhibition called, “Reef and Rainforest.”  Stay tuned for the update on that!

These are the details from her application form for this next group exhibition:

Reef & Rainforest ….themed exhibition. Artists are invited to submit art work depicting the subject of Reef or Rainforest.  Can be abstract, representational, fantasy, imaginative or quirky.  Exhibition dates:- November 13 to December 13.  For more information:  http://www.sylviaditchburnfineartgallery.com/current-exhibition.html

BACA:  Burdekin Artisan’s Community Association

Recently, I enjoyed participating in a painting workshop held by friend and artist Janet Ypinazar.  The space that they have created in the old Brandon church is perfect as a gallery and venue for workshops.  Two more are scheduled for October (10th and 24th.)

Janet Yip Sep 2015 Janet Yip 3 Sep 2015 Janet Yip 2 Sep 2015

My Exhibition at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Venue Information

It’s around the time now where I’m finalizing the details of my exhibition.  There’s only a couple of weeks  until I set it up, ready for the public eye.  When this opportunity came around I knew that I wanted to make the most out of it, so of course here it is on my blog.   I’ve also written an article to go into the local papers.  I hope that they take the story up!

So, how did this all come about?  About 2 years ago, I put together a folio of my paintings and photos and presented it to the Gallery.   I hadn’t heard from them until earlier this year.  One day I checked my e-mail which said, ” Congratulations!   You’ve been selected for the Showcase space.”  I was so excited!  I thought that I hadn’t made the cut, but now I realize that it’s a long process of selection and consideration before you get the final green light.  There are so many artists who want to exhibit there, being the Premier gallery of the region, so I am blessed and lucky to have this opportunity.

The Gallery produces a “didactic” panel (a bit about me and my style of work) and designs the invitations.  Of course, those are here on the blog for you too, so consider yourself invited!  The exhibition starts on the 13th May and goes until the 11th June.  The official opening is Sunday, May 25th at 11:00 am.  I’d love you to come!  Please feel free to tell others, and bring a friend.

EliseHigginson_didactic-web(2)       Click on this link for the didactic.

EliseHigginson_invite-web(1)            Click on this for the invitation.



Elise Higginson

And it was a success!!! IMG_2885 IMG_2886 IMAG0568IMAG0565IMAG0577   IMG_2782 IMG_2796 IMG_2809 IMG_2820

Welcome to my world!

Hey there.  My name is Elise.  I’m an emerging artist who mainly works in the medium of painting, with my work being mostly acrylic and ink abstracts.  I’m also dabbling in water colour, and studying visual arts.  In my studies I’m learning how to do printmaking, which includes woodcuts, t-shirt designs and lino prints.  In the coming modules I’ll be learning more about drawing figures and many other techniques.  I also love photography, writing poetry and all kinds productions…. theatre, musicals, drama.  So many different things inspire me!  I’ve won numerous awards over the last ten years, and I’m looking forward to my first solo exhibition at the premier regional gallery in my hometown, Townsville.  Stay tuned for a post about this event at Perc Tucker Gallery soon!