Gilly HuberI was very small when I began to draw so I can’t remember when it all started. I do remember that as a little girl my bedroom walls were covered in my drawings of horses and animals and that I wrote my own stories and illustrated them - I still have some of them today.

I was born in London, England,  but spent my early years in the county of Wiltshire in England’s West Country, not far from Stonehenge. I’ve always loved the rural environment with its trees and wildlife, big skies and the scent of earth and plants, and marvel at the diversity of Nature. To try and depict the beauty that I see is both a challenge and a labour of love. I don’t mean to sound pretentious but I do have a sense that the fragility of this world needs to be preserved in some way, and maybe my paintings can capture the essence of some of those fleeting moments of magic.

Unfortunately, family circumstances did not allow me to attend art college but, at 16, I was able to enter the workforce in a drawing office for the British Post Office which trained me to the position of junior draftswoman (no political correctness in those days!) I worked for engineers who designed intricate electrical circuits and the nuts and bolts of building interiors, and the precision with which I had to produce my plans has, I believe, shaped the type of realist artist I have become. I love painting detail, and ‘though this is often frowned upon today by the mainstream critics, it is what I do and what I enjoy and it is what flows out of me.

I emigrated to Australia when I was 21 and love this country. I still retain an essential ‘Englishness’ and often miss the great history and lush greenery of England, but my heart is in Western Australia and I feel a great privilege that I have the ability to transfer my love into my paintings.

Whilst I was still in the workforce, drawing and painting were weekend luxuries, and almost non—existent when my daughter and I owned and rode 4 horses. Their care and training, weekends at shows and Pony Club, and long trail rides through the bush put art on the back-burner for about ten years. But post-horses, when my daughter studied graphic design at college and I found it too hard to care for the horses by myself (a sad day to see them depart for new owners), I returned to drawing and began to work in pastels. This was almost the first time I’d ever worked in colour and I really began to enjoy it.

Joining The Pastel Society of WA, Trigg Art Club and Wanneroo Art Society introduced me to other artists and demonstrations and exhibitions where I’ve sold a few paintings and won a few awards. I’ve learned to paint in watercolours, which I absolutely love, and am now working quite a bit in oils. I do commissions and give demonstrations myself now (metro area only), held my first watercolour workshop in February of 2008, had my first solo exhibition in February of 2006 and have my second planned for Easter 2009 (more details later), and assist at a small art group here in the Swan Valley, part of the Valley Learning Centre.

Possibly my highlight so far was being chosen as a finalist in one of the Australian Artist Magazine competitions which led to writing an entire article for them and showcasing many of my paintings in their November 2007 edition.

I feel that I am one of the most blessed people on this planet. I have a wonderful husband, a beautiful and talented daughter (who has designed this website!), two gorgeous grandchildren, and the ability to paint as and when I like. I also live in Perth’s glorious Swan Valley which is one of the most sublime places on earth and continually inspires my daily life - how can I not spend each day trying to capture what surrounds me?

Someone once said, (and I paraphrase): “If you do something that you love, you will never work another day in your life”. Well, when people look at my paintings and comment on how much work there is in them, I reply with that quote. There is no work in what I do. It is all love.