Sue Tilley is the proprietor of the Drill Hall Studio.  An artist too, Sue’s work usually focuses on the environment, and the impact humans have on it. She does use a diverse range of techniques and media, but is particularly passionate about sculpture from welded vintage steel objects, and glass. She often adds a touch of humour and a sense of movement, into her work. When not working in her workshop at the Drill Hall, she is often working on community projects across regional Queensland. Her public artworks can be found in Townsville, Magnetic Island, Paluma, Charters Towers, Airlie Beach, Julia Creek, McKinlay, Nelia, Ravenswood and soon in Richmond and Hughenden.

 

Meet our resident artists ...

One of the most exciting things about the Drill Hall Studio, is that we have a team of talented and friendly resident artists on roster in the gallery.  While not assisting our visitors, they will be busily creating more beautiful art!   

This year our resident artists are ...

 

Cath Meharry worked as an art teacher for 40 years. When she retired, she was head of art at St Margaret Mary’s College in Townsville.  Cath is a master in mixed media work, infusing her work with life and texture through the use of collage, paint , drawing and layering.  She continues to enjoy sharing her skills through art classes and workshops, but now with the luxury of having the time to pursue her own work. She can often be seen working at the Drill Hall - either in the attic studio, or the sculpture garden.

Cath prefers to capture small "cameos" or "details" of her surroundings, instead of the "Big" picture - the close up details of the beauty of forest floor litter or lush tropical flowers and folliage, or colourful seed pods. Cath works at The Drill hall on Thursdays.

Sylvia Hewitt   gained her Diploma in visual art in 2007 after 4 (long) years of part time work and part time at Barrier Reef TAFE. Sylvia has since had seven solo exhibitions and has been part of numerous group exhibitions in Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne and London in Printmaking, Painting, and Pastels. Sylvia has won awards in various Art shows over the last 10 years.  

Recently she started the very first North Queensland Pastel group.  Sylvia now passes on her skills to those who   have desire to learn a new skill by tutoring in beginners art classes and workshops. Sylvia loves to experiment and is competent in a wide range of media and techniques.  Monday is Sylvia’s day at The Drill Hall Studio.

Annette Sibson is a talented  fibre and textile artist, and is a dab hand with a camera too.

Annette has a special interest in  natural dyeing - using materials from the environment to dye natural textiles.  Annette often incorporates these hand dyed fabrics into beautifully crafted garments. She also works wonders with vintage laces and embellishments, to create stunning one-of-a-kind fashion garments.

A member of Fibres and Fabrics, Annette is also a keen blogger with a great following. When not immersed in her artwork she spends time with her family enjoying  fishing, anything to do with the sea, photography, collecting old Australian pottery, cryptic crosswords, reading, and walking. Annette spends Tuesdays at The Drill Hall.

Brenda Stone  is an  emerging contemporary artist  – designing and creating custom pieces for corporate and residential clients. The last six years have seen the talented artist completing over a hundred pieces, specialising in commissioned abstract art for a very diverse clientele. Her explosive and electric artwork has brought new life and light to an incredible range of settings.    Brenda’s unique artwork is the remarkable combination of space, design, art and desire – meeting the needs of her clients in the creation of custom artworks for specific purposes and contexts. Unique and eye-catching, Brenda’s artwork is both a fine addition to any space and a sound investment in an emerging artist’s body of work.  Brenda’s rostered days are Thursday and Saturday mornings.

Claudia Williams  joined The Drill Hall Studio in late 2016. A valuable asset to the team, Claudia has many years experience as a professional artist  and is well known for designing and creating art for residential, commercial, public spaces and private commissions, and most recently, exciting and  edgy wearable art..       Claudia is a member of the Flying Arts team, travelling to regional areas to facilitate workshops for adults and children.  Claudia is deeply passionate about wearable art and recycled materials, and is currently designing a catwalk collection for 2017 under the brand Llani Creative. Her rubber inner tube handbags, clutches and accessories are a huge hit, with new designs appearing regularly.  Claudia can be found at The Drill Hall on Fridays.
Kathy Cornwall  was brought up in Fiji and in New Zealand, and studied a bachelor of Visual Arts and James Cook University. Kathy paints predominately in oils - producing stunning and thoughtful portraits and landscapes in particular, although her talents are diverse. In fact she is also a talented singer, performing locally.
Kathy is at the Drill Hall Studio on alternate weekends, fitting work around her gorgeous young daughter. Kathy teaches painting to adults and teens during her rostered weekends.

Byron Dimech Ever since I can remember, I’ve drawn. I just assumed everyone did. After highschool I towards studied graphic design, but focussed on drawing and illustration. After quite a few years away from the field I started drawing for a couple of advertising companies in Melbourne before going into art hibernation again when I relocated north and became a full time dad. I’m back and keener than ever. I’m a big fan of the dramatic, dark styles of graphic novels and (ideally) I like to photograph my subject extensively first, looking for that perfect angle before translating it via graphite, ink, charcoal or marker. Byron is on roster on Sundays, and teaches drawing in the morning.

 

Angela Leck  studied a degree in Scientific and Natural History Illustration in the UK and began her art career as a Children’s book Illustrator in New Zealand.  Side-stepping to work in an English Porcelain company she learned the traditional skills of hand-painting china and transitioned her fine and detailed work onto porcelain  producing a range of exquisite vases, bowls, plates and giftware.   Her preferred subjects are birds, wildlife and botanical in both mediums of china-painting and watercolour and she also produces designs and artwork for craft fabrics.  
When not painting Angela enjoys being active and is a competitive runner as well as cycling and swimming.   Angela works at The Drill Hall on Friday mornings and Saturday afternoons.