From Beauty Salon to Painting Beauty
Sixteen years ago, local artist Dorothy Savvas was working very long hours in her Sydney beauty salon when she began to think of retiring and selling her business. Faced with the dilemma of what to do next, one of her clients suggested that she take up art lessons.
Over the following year Mrs Savvas attended one on one lessons in watercolour and acrylic painting techniques with a local Sydney artist. Now fully retired, she participates in workshops whenever the opportunity arises.
In 2008, Mrs Savvas relocated to South Durras and joined the local art group, now known as Creative Arts Batemans Bay. She has since managed to attend many workshops with wildlife artist Paul Margocsy. This world renowned artist has held solo exhibitions in London, Japan, USA and Singapore. He was also commissioned by the United Nations to paint a series on endangered species.
Being tutored by Paul Margocsy was to have a great influence on Mrs Savvas’s artistic future. She has now been exhibiting for eight years, won numerous awards and this year was accepted to exhibit with the Botanical Society of Canberra. Mrs Savvas is well known for her exquisite bird paintings, which she creates using both acrylic paint and watercolour and an air brush. Mrs Savvas said “After a workshop, I come away so enthused and invigorated with ideas just flooding into my head. Art is always ongoing; you never stop learning.”
Currently Mrs Savvas is working on a series of new paintings for the upcoming CABBI 32nd art exhibition at Batemans Bay High School which officially opens on Friday 30 December at 6pm. Members of the public are invited to meet the artists for drinks and nibbles. The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 4pm until 15 January 2017.
Media Release Below: Dorothy Savvas with one of her paintings “Lotus Tranquillity”
Below: “Kingfisher” one of Mrs Savvas’ exceptional bird paintings