I have been associated with Nillumbik since my childhood, but as an adult have found myself increasingly involved in the Shire through the arts culture. I have exhibited independently and with two local art groups, Thou Art Mum, and Nillumbik Artists Open Studios, as well as helping run exhibitions, and events. I have sat on a panel for International Womens day, and was involved in the post Covid arts recovery round table held last year. I am also involved at Montsalvat both as a exhibitor and curator for the shop.
Melbourne Illustrator Clare Dunstan (Tog & Pini) creates whimsical artworks with watercolour paints as well as multimedia sculptures from polymer, textiles, found objects, and acrylic paints.
Clare’s work invites you into her colourful world to meet with the charming characters created in her imagination.
“I love to see the smiles on peoples faces as they look at my creations. That is my aim; to bring smiles and laughter.”
Clare’s family and menagerie of pets are instrumental in fostering her love of visual arts and passion for animals. Now living in the leafy suburb of Research Clare works from her idyllic home studio with her kids, husband, chooks, dogs and guinea-pigs.
Over the past 8 years Clare has been heavily involved in the local arts community as well as arts ventures elsewhere. A few career highlights for Clare were being chosen to work on a product line for Melbourne Museum, receiving the peoples choice award for her sculpture ‘Incognito’ while exhibiting with Thou Art Mum, and her solo exhibition ‘In Miniature’ at Montsalvat in 2021.
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