Marvene Ash - Bio

Marvene Ash was born in 1952 in the Western Queensland town of Goondiwindi. Although she still works from a studio on Brigalow Creek just a few kilometres North of Goondiwindi, for many years she has lived at Maleny in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.

Marvene’s Maleny studio is an extension of an impressive old dairy shed which was built early last century. Since 2012 she has exhibited from a gallery that is attached to the Maleny studio as well as in a number of galleries throughout Queensland.

Previous to settling in Maleny, Marvene pursued a career of exhibiting, art teaching and art related travel for 15 years following her art training years in Brisbane in the 1970’s.

Marvene works from life, using a painterly style of brushwork. In her landscapes, she matches the act of applying paint to the vitality that is sensed in nature. She enjoys the complexity of line that is built up across the surface of the painting and the ambiguous sense of space that is created through colour - an interplay of the abstract and figurative qualities within the image. 

The studio paintings are concerned with the development of a personal symbolism that often uses a single image compositions of domestic objects. 

Whether painting en plein air or responding to the thoughtfully chosen subjects in her studio Marvene’s approach remains direct and personal in her desire to paint, ‘not just the painted thing, but the forces that created it’. 

Marvene Ash CV

Solo Exhibitions 

Upcoming – 

2019 August Inevitable Shapes - The Fourth Garage, Maleny, Qld.

Past Shows – (since 2010)

2018 Sept/Oct When I Came Back - The Arts Space Goondiwindi Regional Civic Centre, Qld

2017  A Wilder Garden - Fourth Garage Gallery, Maleny, Qld

2015  Inland - Fourth Garage Gallery, Maleny, Qld

2014  The Bails - Fourth Garage Gallery, Maleny, Qld

2012  A Voluptuous Economy - Fourth Garage Gallery, Maleny, Qld

Group Shows (since 2010)


2019 July Out of the Allamanda, Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Bundaberg, Qld

2019 Nov Maleny Cream, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, Qld


2018 Sept Woodgate Arts in Spring, Woodgate Qld 

2018 May/June Wild/Flower Women ll, Caloundra Regional Gallery

2018 The Sweet Life – Bundaberg Regional Gallery

2017 Local Artist Local Content Art Prize, (category award winner) Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra


 1952  Born Goondiwindi - Queensland

1972  Diploma of Secondary School Art Teaching, Kelvin Grove CAE, Brisbane

1975 - 85  Studied with The Flying Art School. Pursued tuition at numerous summer schools and other conventions in both Australia and overseas. Travelled extensively in Europe for private art related studies. 

1975 - 85 - Exhibited in solo and group shows Allamanda Art Gallery and Bundaberg Art Gallery, Bundaberg.

1975 - 90  Held position of Art Teacher in seven High Schools, (Private and Public), throughout Regional Queensland. 

1980 – 95 Offered private adult tuition and TAFE classes Bundaberg and Sunshine Coast.

2012  Established painting studios in Maleny and Goondiwindi and began exhibiting from The Fourth Garage Gallery at Maleny, Qld.