I am an artist with three nationalities that have made up my life experiences – born in Holland, then emigrating with my parents to South Africa and eventually choosing to live in Australia with my husband and three children during l988.
My early studies took place in South Africa, but it was in Australia with its very active art world that I became most prolific in my output and variety of subject matter, and equally at home with oils, watercolours and acrylics.
Acknowledged as a popular watercolour and mixed media teacher, I have tutored regular classes for 20 years.
I have accumulated an impressive list of awards and commendations for my work and have been widely exhibited, both in group exhibitions and solo shows. During 2006 I exhibited internationally with a solo exhibition on the Greek island of Leros. I have been published with major contributions to art magazines and I was a member of several art societies, including the Royal Art Society and the Australian Society of Marine Artists.
I live at Pearl Beach on the Central Coast amidst stunning scenery – my main inspiration. My studio opens on Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment. I welcome commissions, whether portraiture or landscape.
Artwork prices are comparatively affordable and reasonable.
2003 Combined Art Societies The Art of Sydney – 2nd Prize – Watercolour Wyong Festival of Arts – 1st Prize – Local scene Soroptimist, Cootamundra – 1st Prize – Open Section Orange Blossom Festival – 2nd Prize – Members Award Hung in Gosford Art Prize Hung in Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition
2004 Wyong Festival of Arts – Local scene – Commended Gosford Country Show – Oils – 2nd Prize As above -Watercolour – Commended Soroptimist, Cootamundra – Australian Birds 2nd Prize Dubbo Zoomin Biennial Art Show – Watercolour – 1st Prize As above – Acrylics/Oils – 2nd Prize As above- – Best in Show Mental Health Exhibition – 1st Prize Solo Exhibition at Erina Art Space – Angophora and Boat Series -July Joint Exhibition at Pearl Beach hall – SHOW OFFS – October Hung in Gosford Art Prize Hung in THE WHO, Regional Gallery, Gosford.
2005 Hung in Gosford Art Prize Hung in Australian Watercolour Institute annual exhibition Royal Motor Yacht Club – Marine Art Exhibition – Highly Commended Solo Exhibition at Dural Country Club for Rotary International Waterford Art Exhibition – 1st Prize – oils and acrylics International Women’s Day Art Prize, Gosford – 2nd Prize
2006 Sydney Royal Easter Show – Highly Commended – Landscape Gosford Regional Gallery – My Story – Non Indigenous Award Waterford Art Exhibition – Highly Commended -Works on Paper Norville Art Prize – Finalist Hung in Gosford Art Prize Royal Motor Yacht Club – Marine Art Exhibition – Highly Commended Wyong Show – Local scene – Commended CEN – Gosford – Viewers Choice Award Teaching Watercolour for Gosford Regional Gallery every week SOLO EXHIBITION at Gosford Regional Gallery – July/August 2006 – ‘GREECE UNBUTTONED’ 66 WATERCOLOURS on Leros and Lesbos SHARED EXHIBITION WITH PIM SARTI – ‘SHOW OFFS 2’ at Pearl Beach Hall – October 2006 2007 ARTIST’S PALETTE MAGAZINE NO. 50 or 51- Insight article as well as Tutorial Entered Archibald with a Portrait of Chris Masters Entered Wynne with painting of Bottle Trees Entered Doug Moran with portrait of daughter Kim Teaching Watercolour for Regional Gallery on weekly basis Inaugural Rotary Umina Portraiture Award – 2nd Prize Exhibition on the island of Leros, Greece, at Liza’s Gallery – 33 watercolours – SUMMER IN LEROS Singleton Art Exhibition – Highly Commended – Abstract Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sydney, Marine Exhibition – Highly Commended Reconciliation Exhibition, Regional Gallery, Gosford, 1st Prize – painting of Madeline Anderson and her Grandchildren Hung in Gosford Art Prize Patonga Bakehouse Gallery – Solo Exhibition “For Love of Trees 2008 Set up my own website with the help of Ian Butler. marijkegreenway.com Entered Doug Moran with portrait of Madeleine Anderson Entered Wynne with Plein air Square Sydney Royal Easter Show – March 2008 – Highly Commended in Still Life April 2008 – Exhibited with all the Sydney Royal Easter Show winners at Art Equity Gallery Sydney Palm House, Sydney Botanic Gardens – Solo Exhibition – FOR LOVE OF TREES – April 2008 Participated in the Central Coast Artist Open Studio week-end 19th and 20th April 2008 Participated in “ART ON THE BOARDWALK’ North Sydney Exhibiting artist at the Botanic Gardens Trust Shop April – September 2008. 2008 Reconciliation Prize , Gosford Regional Gallery – Commended. Finalist in Norville Art Prize – Murrurundi. Hung in Gosford Art Prize, Regional Gallery. Invited to join Australian Society of Marine Artists. Organised Group Exhibition FOUR SHOWOFFS at Pearl Beach October 2008 Accepted for Australian Watercolour Institute annual exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery 2009 Highly Commended at Royal Art Society Autumn Exhibition 1st Prize Royal Easter Show – Inaugural Poultry Art 3rd Prize Royal Easter Show – Marine Section 3rd Prize Royal Easter Show – Australian Wild Flowers Participated “Art on the Boardwalk” North Sydney 1st Prize Gosford Country Show 2009 Hung in the Gosford Art Prize CUDGEGONG GALLERY, Gulgong, “Colour my World” Shared Exhibition with Doreen Shaw ‘GREENWAY AT THE PALM HOUSE’ solo Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney 2010 KILLCARE SLSC “Art by the Sea” – invited artist ASMA – Parliament House Exhibition 1st Prize – Royal Easter Show – Poultry Art Waterford Art Exhibition – 1st Prize Watercolour Exhibiting Members Exhibition, Royal Art Society Peninsula Village Art Exhibition – guest artist Participated ART ON THE BOARDWALK, North Sydney Reconciliation Exhibition, Gosford, June Finalist in GOSFORD ART PRIZE 2010 Tea Gardens Grange Art Awards – Commended Modern /Contemporary Singleton Art Prize – Highly Commended – Flowers SHOALHAVEN ART GALLERY – COME WALK IN THE LANDSCAPE WITH THE PLEIN AIR GIRLS, October 16 – 10th November. SHOWOFFS 2010, Pearl Beach, October long week-end PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY’S BOTANIC GARDENS “HEARTBEATS OF TREES” – solo exhibition, 9th – 22nd November 2010 2011 Highly Commended – Royal Easter Show – Marine Section 1st Prize – Royal Easter Show – Poultry Art Three month painting journey through Outback Western Australia, painting 40 canvasses “en plein air” TRAIN FRAME- MULLET CREEK – Solo Exhibition in Gosford Regional Gallery, featuring train journey between Woy Woy and Hawkesbury River Stations 20 August – 18 September 2011. Friends of Gosford Gallery presentation of TRAIN FRAME “Talk with the Artist” – August 2011. Australian Artist – 8 page feature on TRAIN FRAME with Step by Step feature on Encaustic Art (August 2011 issue) PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY’S BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition of SUNBURNT COUNTRY 16 – 29 September 2011, featuring 3-month painting trip. FINALIST IN GOSFORD ART PRIZE 2011
2012 Australian Artist – 12 page feature on SUNBURNT COUNTRY with Step by Step feature on Abstracted Art January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids’ Club “Gallery Across the Road “– Featured guest artist in Joscelyn Maughan and Robin Norling’s Bakehouse Gallery at Patonga Killcare “Art by the Sea” invited artist Jan 2012 Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery – Emotion and the journey continues” January 2012 Group Exhibition with the plein-air girls Entered Wynne with Mundi-Mundi Plains 1st Prize – Royal Easter Show – Poultry Art ART IN ACTION – Invited as Tutor for Mixed Media 2012 RECONCILIATION Prize , Gosford Regional Gallery A busy half year with preparations for tutoring at many Art Societies and painting for 2 upcoming major exhibitions. FINALIST IN GOSFORD ART PRIZE 2012 Organised SHOWOFFS 2012 Exhibition with Pim Sarti at Pearl Beach over October long weekend PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition ‘THE PAINTED OUTBACK 16- 29 NOVEMBER 2012 featuring 3-month long outback trip. July – November 2012 – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE of The Heritage Fleet, Rozelle Bay, painting en plein air, followed by exhibition with 10 other A.I.R.-esses – exhibition to follow during April 2013 on board James Craig, Darling Harbour. Australian Artist – December 2012 – Step by Step tutorial on painting the Endeavour. 2013 January – TUTOR AT SUMMER ART EXPERIENCE, CANBERRA – 5 multi media adventures in paint. January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids’ Club January – GALLERY ACROSS THE ROAD – Featured Guest Artist in Joscelyn Maughan’s Bakehouse Gallery at Patonga. 1st Prize Royal Easter Show – Poultry Art 2nd Prize Royal Easter Show – Australian Flowers ART IN ACTION – Invited as Tutor for Mixed Media 2013 RECONCILIATION Prize , Gosford Regional Gallery S.A.L.T. IN THE A.I.R.– Awarded the President’s Medal – as one of 10 women artists of the Australian Society of Maritime Artists who were Artists in Residence on the Heritage Fleet. Exhibition on board The James Craig, April 2013. Singleton Art Prize – Contemporary – Commended Nov – HORNSBY ART PRIZE FINALIST PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition, ‘country of my longing’ featuring the outback 2014 January – TUTOR AT SUMMER ART EXPERIENCE, CANBERRA – 5 multi media adventures in paint. January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids’ Club APRIL NORFOLK ISLAND – Tutor for a group of plein air artists 2014 RECONCILIATION PRIZE, Gosford Gallery PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition ‘POOLS OF DELIGHT’ featuring Pearl Beach and water scapes Organised SHOWOFFS 2014 Exhibition with Pim Sarti at Pearl Beach over October long weekend 2015 January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids’ Club April 9 – 29 PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition COLOURS OF AUSTRALIA FEATURING BIRDS, BOATS AND MEMORIES OF THE OUTBACK 2nd Prize Royal Easter Show – Boats 1st Prize RECONCILIATION PRIZE, Gosford Gallery OUTBACK JOURNEY, 9 weeks camping The Red Centre and East Coast, painting ‘en plein air’ landscapes Singleton Art Prize – Highly Commended – Flowers Exhibition at Patonga’s Bakehouse Gallery – 24/7 BIRDSVILLE 2016 January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids Club 2nd Prize Royal Easter Show – Birds April 27 to May 16 PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYALBOTANIC GARDEN – 9th solo exhibition there. AUSTRALIAN JOURNEY featuring works painted en plein air in The Red Centre and East Coast during 2015. Horizons at Killcare Art Gallery – Joint exhibition14 April to 5 June 2016 1st Prize RECONCILIATION PRIZE, Gosford Gallery Organised SHOWOFFS 2016 exhibition with Pim Sarti at Pearl Beach over October long weekend. 2017 January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids Club May 1 – 18 – PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition AUSTRALIAN GOLD – paintings in retrospective mode – this is my Tenth year at The Palm House June 2017 GALLERY ACROSS THE ROAD – Featured Guest artist at Joscelyn Maughan’s Gallery Across The Road in Patonga. 2018 January – Tutor for Pearl Beach Kids Club April 2 – 20 – PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY BOTANIC GARDEN solo exhibition WILDLIFE , featuring Australian and African wildlife after a safari trip to South Africa. Finalist in Gosford Art Prize 2018 SHOWOFFS 2018, Pearl Beach October long weekend. Pearl Beach Art Fair, November Exhibition at Patonga Bakehouse Gallery, PLEIN AIR BEACHES 2019 This is the year that my beloved John died suddenly as a result of a bike accident. My inspiration dried up, but I had an exhibition booked – April PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY BOTANIC GARDEN -solo exhibition TREE WHISPERING featuring my lifelong love of trees. 2020 APRIL 2020 LAST EXHIBITION at PALM HOUSE, SYDNEY BOTANIC GARDEN, only booked for weddings now. This solo exhibition CANCELLED BY COVID 1 August to 17 September FIRE OIL WATER a solo exhibition at WATERLINE GALLERY in RE:PUBLIK Cafe 3 September – PEARL BEACH ART TRAIL 27 October to 8 November – FIRE WAX OIL WATER at AROGALLERY, 51a William Street Darlinghurst, solo exhibition 2021 Worked ‘en plein air’ in the Pearl Beach Arboretum, which was then shown outdoors during November 2021 at The Cottage and Open Area in the Arboretum itself, titled ARBORETUM ofcourse
2022 50th Anniversary of Central Coast Art Society at GOSFORD GALLERY showing my large encaustic, Shimmer. March showed at THE CALYX in the Sydney Botanic Garden. Due to flooding and rain, this was unfortunately a limited exhibition. There were 4 Pearl Beach ART TRAILS during this year.
2023 Entered the annual ROYAL EASTER SHOW April. Also entered the WYNNE prize April. Easter ARTS HUB in the Arboretum Easter Saturday in Pearl Beach.
An ever changing exhibition of tree paintings completed plein air on site in bush land and bays – mostly around the Central Coast, but also inland Australia. I am passionate about trees and the various roles they play in our lives and in their own habitat.
An ever changing exhibition of oil paintings painted plein air on site in bush land and bays mostly around the central coast. Paintings are colour co-ordinated, so the possibility exists to group them together in sets of your choice, as shown below. The squares all measure 53 x 53.
Upon arrival in Australia 30 years ago, I was enchanted by the first birds I encountered in the suburbs of Sydney – Kookaburras, Lorikeets, Galahs and Cockatoos. They were the subjects of many of my first paintings here. And still they come! with travels we have met many more along the road. Since then we have come across many snakes, echidnas, and wombats. I also painted our whole safari in South Africa.
From the islands of Leros and Lesbos. All of these works are watercolours, full sheet, half or quarter. They are mostly unframed, as they were hung here in Gosford and then exhibited in Leros.
“This exhibition is the result of several trips to the Greek islands of Leros and Lesbos by the artist. She has painted Greece with the enthusiasm of a tourist and the insight of a local. Her vibrant watercolours are based on the people, places and experiences of everyday life as a tourist in greece.”
As a respite from realism, I am venturing into abstraction. Impressions are materialised into colour fields. Controlled spontaneity is the essence of my colour and design paintings, creating movement with brush strokes as individual as calligraphy and that retain their impulse, implying texture that is not there, just capturing my own excitement.
As I was a Member of The Australian Society Of Marine Painters, I Was recently invited With nine other women as ‘Artists In Residence’ on the Heritage Fleet At Rozelle Bay – The Exhibition was shown between decks on The ‘James Craig at Wharf 7, Pyrmont Bay.
I had the honour of being awarded ‘The President’s Medal’ for my painting of ‘The John Oxley – Full Frontal’ as shown here.
Boats bob about and I capture them in paint before the wind turns them around or before they sail away. I really paint boats so that I can paint their reflections.
I have just painted my first ’Artist’s Book’ with the International Fleet Review as the theme. Very enjoyable to paint it after sitting in the rain watching it. Cannot do it justice as a photograph.
GREENWAY IS MY NAME and so I have a natural affinity with flowers. Nature is my inspiration – one look and I’m hooked. As a keen gardener, I have painted just about everything I have ever grown. Give artists a bunch of flowers and they’ll drop everything to paint them before they wilt. Poppies and irises are among my favourites.