Isabel “Fay” McIvor-Kimber
I am commonly known as Fay (middle name), McIvor was my married name and Kimber is my mother’s maiden name. I was born in the country town of TePuke in 1935. TePuke is situated in the Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. I now reside in the Sunshine Coast and I became an Australian Citizen in the year 2000.
I have always been creative and mastered many crafts. During my life I have designed and made all my own clothing. Over the years I have tailor-made clothing for many people including beauty contestants. It was not until my mature years that I turned my creative talents to painting. I am a dedicated Artist and have won awards in both New Zealand and Australia. I see a completely different world since I first began painting in 1994.
Apart from 14 lessons at the age of 59 years with an oil artist in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1994, I generally regard myself as self-taught. I have since moved from oils to other mediums such as watercolour, acrylic and pastel. Being an avid photographer I use my large collection of photos as a reference material for my work. I have discovered I have a real flare for watercolour and acrylic, and they have become my firm favourites. Over the years I have attended art workshops with recognised artists to further develop my skills.
My favourite subject is flowers and because of my deep love for flowers as a subject I research the characteristics of each of them before creating them in realism or in a semi abstract form.
Achievement Awards as follows:
1994 November – The most improved water colourist, Tauranga Art Society NZ
1997 July – First prize the ‘Dale Mitchell Memorial Cup’ for mixed media ‘Vibrant Poppies’ water colour, pastel & charcoal, Tauranga, New Zealand.
2000 – First prize still life ‘Autumn Colours’ watercolour, Easter exhibition, Yurara Art Society.
2001 – First prize still life ‘Show Time’ watercolour, Easter exhibition, Yurara Art Society
2001 October – First prize works on paper ‘Canyon Stream’, Redlands Art Awards
2002 – First prize seascape section ‘Morten Bay Sunrise’, Easter exhibition, Yurara Art Society
2002 November – Certificate ‘Blue Bearded Iris’, Redlands Art Award
2003 October – First prize in the contemporary section ‘Rose Wash’ watercolour, Cleveland Gardens Retirement Village.
2004 – First prize still life ‘Rhododendron 11’ watercolour, Easter exhibition, Yurara Art Society
2004 July – Second prize ‘Oise au du Parades’ (Bird of Paradise) watercolour, Ipswich Award
2004 November – Highly Commended ‘Aquarium’ acrylic on oil paper, Seniors Class Cleveland gardens retirement village.
Due to ill health I had a break from art for five years.
2009 October – First prize ‘Peace Rose’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society Exhibition.
2009 October – Highly Commended ‘Field of Poppies’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society.
2010 April – Highly Commended ‘Arum Lily’ acrylic on canvas, Wondai Art Society Natures Beauty.
2010 April – Commended ‘Magnolia Flower’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society.
2010 June – First Prize ‘Mystery City’ acrylic on canvas, section oil & acrylic exhibition, Wondai Art Society.
2010 October – Second prize ‘Yellow Bearded Iris’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society.
2010September First prize ‘Serene Twilight’, Murgon Rotary art awards, SouthBurnett.
2011 April –First prize ‘Slipper Orchid’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society.
2012 – Highly Commended ‘Shorncliffe Jetty’ pastel, Woodford Exhibition.
I owned and operated a picture framing business called ‘LET’S FRAME IT’ which included a gallery from early 2001 until the end of 2004.
It was located in the Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. I retired from business at the age of 70 years. Over the years I have been fortunate to have sold many paintings around the world including New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, America and Holland.
I am currently available for commission work, murals and teaching.
Isabel “Fay” McIvor-Kimber