A self confessed travel addict and self taught artist, Gaye Boltong is proud to present her travel diary through her paintings.
Her first travel adventure in 1971 began in a Kombi van in Melbourne and ended in 1973 in Holland. In that overland trip, she covered thousands of kilometres, sixty four countries, hundreds of photographs and armfuls of exciting memories! On this trip, Gaye created a few paintings for friends and family, got her first art commission in Holland which marked the start of her artistic ventures.
Of course returning to Melbourne, raising a family and a full time job put a stop to the luxury of having time to pursue her artistic interests. Then with a young family, she moved to Indonesia in 1976 to a new job and life. Again, life as an expatriate allowed her lots of opportunity to travel and experience new aspects of life. Gaye enjoyed her painting holidays in Spain, Tuscany and France which taught her the basics of using various art media to translate her feelings onto canvas and paper. After 27 years as an expat, Gaye retired and returned to Melbourne to a spend time with her grandchildren, her garden, her art and the luxury of doing as she pleases!
Today, Gaye is happy to paint all day. She is the secretary of the Sunbury Art Society and gives her time teaching art to enthusiastic members of the Melton U3A and to private groups. She has held her second exhibition in Melbourne; the first was very successful and rewarding. Gaye also exhibits her work in various local and regional art shows, winning awards and obtaining commissions. Her works hang in private collections all over the world including the USA, Europe, Asia as well as in Australia
Gaye still enjoys travelling to new places, having just returned from Italy, Greece, France, Spain and the Mediterranean and of course to Bali. She spends a lot of time in Bali and Indonesia as she considers that her spiritual home and the place to re-vitalise her inner soul and creative spirit.
Gaye has set up a new venture…Bali Painting Holidays where she takes like minded artists to Bali and introduces them to the culture, the people, and the fantastic places perfect for plein air painting. In the future, she is also looking to combine Painting with Photography and Writing in these trips.
“Painting in Asia is so different from painting in Australia or Europe…the colours are so different, the light has a special quality about it that enhances and deepens the shadows and makes everything else glow!”