My current work practice crosses the disciplines of drawing, painting and printmaking. I enjoy working in several genres- landscape, still life and Natural History often in mixed media using earth pigments , text and bold colour where appropriate.
I live and work on the south coast of NSW and have been very influenced by the landscape of ancient rock forms and the cultural history of this place. The current work in both stencil prints, works on paper and paintings explores the sacred site of Gulaga which was a birthing place and initiation site for the Yuin people of this area. Natural History is an abiding interest and I enjoy incorporating the writings of botanists and explorers into the site drawings and the paintings of native flora such as Banksia and Waratah. In 2010 and 1011 my natural history works on paper have been selected in the finals of the Waterhouse natural history Art Prize.
I am also interested in landscape painting and expressing in the oil paintings the moody atmospherics when the light falls on distant hills and mountains and portentous storms cast deep shadows on the land and sea. My time working as an artist in the Northern Territory fostered a love of the tumultuous drama of changing skyscapes and bold colour. A current fascination in small gouache paintings is the Australian icon- the caravan perched on the edge of river estuaries and beaches, the inevitable plastic chair and the gaze to the horizon of those living the “beaut” Aussie dream.
Veronica has exhibited throughout Australia over the past 30 years and been the recipient of many artist residencies at Cobourg Marine National Park and Uluru in the Northern Territory. In 2011 The National Museum of Australia purchased her collection of court drawings which she did for the Chamberlain trial working as court artist for the ABC. A collection of these can be viewed on line on the National Museum site: www. nma.gov.au/chamberlain
In 2010 and 2011 she was a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize at the South Australian Museum. Her work has been selected in the final exhibition for the Mosman Art Prize, the Countryscapes Landscape Award, and the Meroogal Historic Trust Award.
She works across a variety of genres – landscape, still life, and natural history in the fields of drawing, painting and printmaking. Her Solo exhibitions have been extensive – in Darwin, ACT, Sydney, WA and her work is held in several major collections. Currently she is working towards an exhibition in 2012 at Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo and ARC Yinnar, Victoria. Both exhibitions will be landscape based- works on paper, stencil prints and paintings.
2004 M.A. Visual and Performing Arts, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
1984 B.A. Fine Arts, N.T. University, Darwin.
1982/3 B.A. Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1974 Dip. Ed. Monash University, Melbourne
1972 B.A. Hons, St. Lucia University, Brisbane
Awards and Exhibitions
2011 Finalist, Works on Paper, The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, S.A. Museum
2010 Finalist The Waterhouse Natural History Prize, SA Museum, Adelaide
2009 Finalist Countryscapes, The Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting, Lismore Regional Art
2009 Finalist The Meroogal Art Award, Heritage Houses of NSW, NSW Travelling Exhibition
2004 Best Pastel Drawing, Bega Valley Shire Regional Gallery Art Awards, Judge: Merv Moriarty
2000 Finalist Millenium Mosman Art Prize, Judge Bernard Ollis, Mosman Regional Art Gallery
1999 Best acrylic painting Bega Valley Shire Art Awards, Judge Andrew Sibley
1998 Best Oil Painting Margaret Settle memorial Art Prize,,Bega Valley Shire Art Awards, Judge Tim Maguire
1982 Drawing Prize Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2011/12 Ivy hill Gallery, Wapengo
2009, Art and Food, Pialligo Plant Farm, ACT
2008, Paintings from the visible world, Pialligo Plant Farm, ACT.
2007 Paintings and Drawings, Sturt Craft Gallery, Mittagong, NSW
2006 Land, Sea, Sky, Tanja Rural Retreat Gallery, Tanja, NSW
2005 Botanicals and Bangalows, Tanja Rural Retreat Gallery, Tanja, NSW
2004 Taking the line for a Walk, Masters Graduate Exhibition, Charles Sturt University Gallery, Wagga Wagga
2004 Reflections- Lino, Monoprint and Painting, Spiral Gallery Bega
2001 Landscape and Lino, Raglan Gallery, Cooma
2000 Recent Works, Spiral Gallery, Bega
2000 Elemental Matters, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi, Sydney
1999 Paintings drawings monotypes, Framed Gallery, Darwin
1999 Skyscapes, Spiral Gallery, Bega
1998 Still Passages, Bega Valley Shire Regional Gallery
1996 Paintings from the Cuppacumbalong Garden, Narek Gallery, ACT
1996 Uluru,Attila and Kata Juta, Ben Grady Gallery, Kingston, ACT
1995 Still Life and Landscape, Hidden Valley Gallery Bodalla, NSW.
1993 Aspects of the North, Framed Gallery ,Darwin
1990 Images of Cobourg, Lindsay Gallery, Darwin
1989 Paintings and Drawings, Solander Gallery, ACT
1988 Still life in Pastel, Giles St Gallery, Kingston ,ACT
1987 Recent Works, NT Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin, NT
1986 Drawings, The Esplanade Gallery, Darwin
2010 Gulaga, 7 artists interpret Gulaga, Bega Valley Shire Regional Art Gallery
2010 Artists of the South Coast, Q Gallery, Queanbeyan,NSW
2010 2 artists interpret Still life, Veronica O’Leary/Karen Charlebois, Spiral Gallery,Bega
2008 Memory and Myth,Raglan Gallery, Cooma, NSW
2007 Tanja Open Studio Artists Tanja Rural Retreat Gallery, Tanja NSW
2007 3 Artists Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo, NSW
2006 Gallery Artists Winter Show Ivy Hill Gallery Wapengo, NSW
2005 Print making project Raglan Gallery Cooma, Bega Valley Shire Regional Gallery
2002 INPrint an exhibition of printmakers of the South coast Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2002 Tutors Exhibition Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW
1998 Narek Gallery Artists Drill Hall Gallery, ACT
1997 Two Artists: Veronica O’Leary, Madeleine Meyer Narek Gallery, Cuppacumbalong,ACT
1995 Tanja Artists Bega Valley Shire Regional Gallery, Bega, NSW
1994 Ten New Artists Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney
1985 Northern Illusions Three Women Artists from the NT, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
1983 The Graduate Exhibition Department of Fine Art, Darwin Community College
1983 ABC Court Artist, The Chamberlain Trial Darwin Supreme Court
1986 Print Portfolio Seven Spirit Bay Eco Tourism Resort, Cobourg Marine Park, NT.
National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Australian Embassy, Warsaw, Poland
N.T. University, Darwin
Supreme Court, Darwin
Private Collections, Australia, U.K, and New York, Poland
Professional Teaching Experience
2010--2002 Teacher in charge Arts/Media, Illawarra Institute of Technology
1985-1981 Lecturer Creative Arts, Education Faculty, Darwin Community College,
1980-1973 Tutor Department of English and Community Languages State College of Victoria Frankston.