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“Shallow moorings at Sorrento”
This painting has won the Women Painters Group July 2015 Challenge: Being Green – Wonderfully Green


“Swimming underwater”
This painting has won the Women Painters Group January 2015 Challenge: Main Colour Blue


See my work in Painters Academics’ For the Love of Art,
sponsored by Solo Exhibition

This image has been selected for “Artist of the Month” Award in Painters Universe for June 2013

New version of Close to shore
by Freda Surgenor


Come see my work in Diversity in Watercolour,
sponsored by Solo Exhibition!


Gallery Award of Excellence
SoJie 8, October 2010

This award is for Riverbed


Traditional Art – Honors
SoJie 19, September 2012

This Award is for Red ribbons

This image has been selected for the “Artist of the month” Award in “Painter’s Universe” for October 2012

Morning teatime
by Freda Surgenor

This image has been selected for “Pick of the week” by Painter’s Academics on week ending 13th December 2012 and “Artist of the Month Award” in Painter’s Universe, February 2013

Hello there
by Freda Surgenor

Freda’s website

I belong to Oatley 101 Society of Artists

And The Royal Art Society of New South Wales

Freda was born in Harrow England and studied art and later graphic design and illustration at Bourneville School of Art, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
She worked in London as a graphic designer in publishing as well as illustrating two children’s books and teaching art for several years.
Since coming to Australia in 1982 Freda has established herself through solo exhibitions and group shows as a highly respected watercolour painter. In 1990 her painting “Backyard” was selected for exhibition in the Herald Heritage Award and in 1991 two paintings “Backyard” and “Backyard Pool” toured Australia in the prestigious National Exhibition – Portrait of Australia. In 1994 “Dockscape” was selected and hung in the Salon de Refuses at the S H Ervin Gallery.
Freda’s painting “Sweet Indulgence” was included as a finalist in Australian Artist’s new magazine Water Colour Annual ’97. Subsequently, Freda was featured as a master painter in both the Water Colour Annual ’98 and the January and October 1999 issues of the International Artist Magazine, and in March 2000, and January and February 2003, further articles on her work appeared in Australian Artist magazine
In October 2003, Freda was accepted as an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of NSW and has showed her work in all their exhibitions since then.
A multi award winning artist, including the Mosman Art Prize and awards at the Royal Easter Show, including a first prize in the Marine Section in 2000, she was approached by the print distributors Art Throughout Australia with a view to reproducing her work. There are now three of her reproductions in circulation.
Freda has been doing Life Drawing for many years and is now convenor of the West Oatley life drawing sketch group, for The Oatley 101 Society of Artists, Sydney. She has taught life drawing workshops for both the St George Art Society and for Art in Action – an art learning experience run by the Combined Art Societies of Sydney at the Meroo Conference Centre, Kurrajong in May every year.
Freda, who has always been interested in people, both at work and play, demonstrates a high level of excellence using vibrant colours to depict a great variety of subjects from landscapes through waterscapes, cityscapes, still-life, floral, portraiture, life painting and miniatures.
Freda is totally dedicated to her work – when she’s not painting she is thinking about it. She feels that good draughtsmanship is a basis for successful painting and never stops drawing. She works in fine detail using strong colour to create pieces, which glow with life and light. This results in highly successful warm paintings, which demonstrate her ability to capture and recreate the images realistically. This is reflected by the number of her works, which are highly sought after by collectors both in Australia and overseas

In 2009, Freda was elevated to “Fellow” at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales.”.

  • Joined: August 2007

Journal

Change of painting title

To all the groups who have so kindly accepted my latest painting “Nature’s gift” I have now changed the title to: “We are young and free………” / This is a line out of the Australian national anthem which I feel more suits the subject matter.
Posted about 1 year – Leave a comment

SoJie 22

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 22! / Deep reflections, Venice / by Freda Surgenor /     / / Shallow mooring / by Freda Surgenor /     /    Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 73000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 22. SoJie 22 takes its name from the first letters of Solo&…
Posted over 3 years – 80 comments

Joining the SoJie 19 ring

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 19! / / Red ribbons / by Freda Surgenor /   /   / Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected to exhibit in SoJie 19. SoJie 19 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. 91 other artists, besides myself, have human figurative art or photogr…
Posted over 4 years – 58 comments

*MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 6!*

The old wooden boat / by Freda Surgenor / Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… / I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 43000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 6. SoJie 6 takes its name from the Solo Exhibition group’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 6th one, ever, and 62 other artists, besides myself, are represented. / Winners of the in…
Posted over 6 years – 52 comments
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