Art from the Heart


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    Hi I'm Di Skelly Heron

    My other great passion in life is Art. I have earned my living since leaving school as an artist. First as a commercial artist and then as an artist and art teacher.di art-ad-shot-1web

    The similarities in creating great food and great art are uncanny. It's all about passion, getting our or out own way and letting the creative juices flow

    ‘Art from the Heart ‘is a term I use to describe the way I teach. My primary aim is to show my students how to connect to their intuition and paint from their feelings, rather than their intellect. I believe everybody can paint, it's like everything in life the more you do it the better your skills become. Working from photos or images will help you achieve this, but painting from your own ideas can be another matter altogether.

    The real challenge is being able to interpret your feelings and dreams into a work of art. I guide my students through the layers of learned responses (mental blocks) that stop them from allowing their free flowing ideas through to the canvas, without all their fears and doubts clouding the picture.

    Over 25 years of teaching art has helped me to design highly effective ways to help you unblock your feelings and allow you to create stunning art.

    Join me in my studio and discover your true creative power.

    I look forward to meeting you.
    DI Skelly Heron


    My Favourite Pieces

    The Black Caviar Effect; A visual tribute to the fastest horse on the planet


    Artist Statement

    Is it a coincidence that two of the greatest races horses in Australian history both appeared on the racing scene when the nation was in the grip of a financial crisis?

    Did they appear to bolster our spirits, or provide a super hero to inspire us to find our own greatness.?   To show us courage and determination to win, no matter how difficult the odds.

    Phar Lap carried the heart of millions of Australians on his back during the Great  Depression years of the 1930's. Life was pretty grim for a lot of people.

    Some eighty  years later and Australians find themselves in the grip of another financial crisis. The GFC and  it seems, a never ending procession of natural disasters. At a time when people struggle to keep themselves afloat financially and find the motivation  to keep on going. Enter Black Caviar.

    Black Caviar is a true heroine because she can make me, and millions of others, feel like there is still hope in this world, she can defy the odds and it seems, the laws of nature.

    That's Black Caviar's star power. People come from far and wide to see her. Most of them are non race goers. She has put Australian racing on the international scene.......Everyone loves a Champion.

    Life is a gamble and we all take pot luck when it comes to making the big decisions. We calculate, we do our homework, we try to make the best judgments. But its our gut feelings that give us a reliable map to follow. We have to learn to trust the dim light in the cave. The one that beckons us in its direction.

    Rick Jamieson ....and Peter Moody followed their inner light when they made decisions that would not only change their destinies, but fill the hearts of millions with hope and inspiration..They too are heroes believing  their gut instincts and  bringing something special into the world.

    I was honoured to be asked to create a painting of Black Caviar for the Paradise Kids and Rhinestone Cowboy Gala Fund raising event on the Gold Coast (to be held in June 2013.

    The painting will be auctioned at the event.

    Like most people, I like to give back to the community that supports me as an artist. I'm not rolling in money but I do have a skill which can be put to good use, like creating paintings for auction at fund raising events. So its in this capacity as an artist that I can do my bit to help the cause.

    When I accepted the challenge to paint a portrait of Black Caviar, at first I thought of painting a nice horsey portrait, but my painting muses had other ideas.!

    As I lay in bed that evening I had a huge download and 'saw' the way Black Caviar's painting was to be done. What started off to be a nice little portrait of the great horse turned out to be bigger than Ben Hur!......  You're' kidding, right? I said to myself. When I saw the how the painting should look. "But what the hell, I said to myself, just do it. It's for a great cause and she deserves a painting worthy of her stature.

    My hope in doing this painting is to try to convey the emotion we all feel when we see Black Caviar race..To witness her awesome power and her determination to win, no matter what.

    Oh to have an ounce of of what she's made of!

    Black Caviar retired undefeated in April 17th 2013

    Di Skelly Heron - Artist


    Di Skelly Heron Bio

    Di Skelly Heron
    Gold Coast Artist

    Di began her art career in Western Australia in 1967, in the field of commercial art. Di has focused on developing her own unique form of artistic expression. After 20 years in the commercial field, Di held her first solo exhibition during the America's Cup finals in Perth, 1987. The exhibition was staged on the cruise ship, Achille Lauro.


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    Di Skelly Heron Portraits

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    Words can never truly describe the essence of a person. Colour is the language of the soul and Di Skelly

    jaz--di-web-1 Heron is a master at using colour to describe her subject's personality and true essence.
    Power and Passion
    Di works from photographs, preferably from her own camera, as this enables her to concentrate on feeling the subject's energy while she works. It is her unique ability to connect deeply with her subject that enables her to channel so much power and emotion through to the canvas.

    The Wow Factor

    Celebrate someone special in your life with a truly stunning portrait by Di Skelly Heron.


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