The Great Dame

Janne Kearney

Geelong West, Australia

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Title: The Great Dame (Dame Beryl Beaurepaire) Oil on canvas (H120 x 90cm)

I have to say how incredibly excited I am to tell you Australian Artist Magazine ran a 10 page demonstration article on 3 of my paintings, in their August publication.

On top of that my Painting of “Dame Beryl Beaurepaire” has been chosen as a finalist in the Blackswan Portrait Prize, The Blackswan is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious portrait comps and attracts an extremely high caliber of artists from all over Australia, with $30,000 prize money up for grabs!

My experience with the sitter.

I have always admired strong women who aren’t afraid to fight for what is right, and Dame Beryl Beaurepaire certainly fits that bill, fighting for equal rights for women in the workforce and tireless community and charity work.

At her Mt Eliza home we shared stories of our parallel fights to gain employment in what were once considered traditional male roles, her in the meteorological bureau and mine as the 1st apprentice painter and decorator in Australia in the early 80’s.

Recruited by Robert Menzies, Beryl was instrumental in changing laws allowing women apply for such jobs, we mused that Beryl managed to change laws but not necessarily men’s thought processes, thankfully a generation later much has changed.

Ever defiant Dame Beryl Beaurepaire stands proud, her strength is inwardly enduring, and however her walking stick and emergency beeper carried like a badge of honour reveal her declining physical health.

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