Ev Hales

Artist Statement

The impetus for my images is based in everyday activities and part of daily life – the aspects that capture life today. This will place my work in my era.

I live surrounded by bush but very close to urban life. This means I am part of both bush and city worlds.  The natural rhythm of the bush and its wild life is a complete contrast to the dynamic design and frenetic energy of city life.  Both feature in my work.

Pattern is the underlying basis for what I paint. In nature the patterns can be subtle and informal as opposed to the dynamic geometry of the city. I love both and react to them quite differently.

I work mainly in watercolour but come from a printmaking and onglaze painting background. This provides me with multiple skills and I use them all.

Teaching has been an important part of my life and I value the people I have met and how they shared their artistic journey with me as their tutor / mentor.

Qualifications:              Dip SAC, Bach Ed

Website:          https://www.evhales.com   https://www.evhalestuition.com

Instagram:         https://www.instagram.com/evhales/p/BkyZ-GEh9pf/   

You tube:         https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVlsRn7SqsqwOvzfutD7rUQ

Involvement and Interests:

Full Member:  MSWPS

Watercolour Society of Victoria

Contemporary Art Society

Past President of APAT (Vic) Inc

Past Committee / Councillor for : Nillumbik Artists Open Studios member.

Diamond Valley Learning Centre,

APAT (Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers )

AGRA, (Australian Guild of Realist Artists). Editor for their Hues Bulletin for 3 years (2004—2006) and then introduced the enews letter for 2 years.

1988       Co ordinated mural for Bi centenary  for VGCP  where 18o painters contributed on the piece.

Enjoy  family, life drawing, travelling, reading and gardening. 


Solo Exhibitions – Selected

2013     Art at St Francis

2012     Static Motion   The Light factory Gallery

2009     McGees Gallery

Many  shared exhibitions with Pam Merlo  Sculptor.

Invitation and Group Exhibitions

2019    In Real Time  Hawthron  Art Gallery

2019    Watercolour Masters Exhibition   Oz Link Entertainment The Age

2017    Nillumbik Art Prize – The Barn Montsalvat Eltham Victoria

2016    Watercolour Exhibition   Dalian  China 

2014    Singapore 45th Watercolour Exhibition

2013    Nanjing 3rd Invitational  Watercrmedia Masters Exhibition

Plus many others including Kilgour Prize  2009,  Alice Bale, MSWPS, AGRA Without Pier watercolour shows.


Have won many awards including MSWPS  Award  and  AGRA   Art Excellence Award ,  Prizes for best watercolour at many rotary shows over several decades.

Teaching WorkshopTutor

1970  – 2019 Trained as a Secondary Art and Craft teacher and have taught in High schools as well as TAFE Learning centres, Art Societies, Private groups and en plein air for almost 5 decades.

2010 – 2019  participated as the art tutor for numerous en plein air overseas workshops – Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Turkey, Japan and New Zealand.  As well as worked with societies  all around Australia.

Self Published:

2016:    DVD  Painting Roses 1.

2012 – 2015   Published “Painting with Ev Hales” series of 10 ebooks documenting my teaching in the digital format.

2013     “Watercolour the Can Do Approach”   ebook   by Ev Hales

2012    “Ev Hales A Work In Progress” by Ev Hales

1991     “Australian Orchid Design”   by Ev Hales

Numerous articles in the Australian Artist Magazine, Leisure Painter,  Art Streams


Dalian art collection, International and National Private Collections.