Botanical artist Dolores Skowronski-Malloni coming to Port Augusta

BOTANICAL ART: Dolores Skowronski-Malloni is set to speak at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden (AALBG) on April 4. PHOTO: Friends of AALBG

BOTANICAL ART: Dolores Skowronski-Malloni is set to speak at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden (AALBG) on April 4. PHOTO: Friends of AALBG

BOTANICAL artist Dolores Skowronski-Malloni has been confirmed as a guest speaker at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden on Saturday April 8.

Dolores, a permanent tutor at the Geelong School of Botanical Art, will speak about her life and work both in Australia and around the world.

She will be teaching to a full classroom about botanical drawing for beginners and advanced artists the following day. Dolores said it will be a great opportunity to pass on her knowledge.

“I will talk about botanical art, mainly on the history and then go onto what I do and how I have developed my own art over the years,” she said.

“I hope that the people will be enriched by what I have to say and hopefully we will all enjoy it.”

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dolores’ love for art began when she was 12 years old at the Fernando Fader Technical School – a combined high school and art school.

Dolores migrated to Sydney in 1973, before moving to Melbourne to study at Monash University, then lived in Penang, Malaysia for three years to study Asian art.

She returned to Victoria in 2010, taking on her current role in Geelong.

“I took classes just to know what botanical art was all about in 1992, then I just started painting and working for exhibitions and I eventually turned to teaching,” Dolores said.

Dolores has held several solo exhibitions and was a guest artist at the Grampians Wildflower Show for over 10 years, specialising in native terrestrial orchids.

Her work on passionflowers received a silver medal in 2005 as part of the Royal Horticultural Society in London, while two of her original paintings are on display in the State Collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria.

She published a limited edition book titled TREES Capturing the Essence of the Geelong Botanic Gardens: Artists’ Views in May 2016.

Dolores was invited to speak and teach in Port Augusta by the Friends of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. The speech is free and open to everyone, commencing at 1:30pm.

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