- a group show by

  Liz Dowling, Jo Kelly, Kate Naylor.

Opening night Friday 26th January 2018, from 5-8pm.

"We are three artists and art psychotherapists who are creating an exhibition

to show how transformative the creative process can be

in transcending life’s struggles and celebrating its triumphs.

“Transformation” intends to explore our individual artistic development using art therapy

and to promote Art Therapy in the Northern Rivers Community."


19 x 24 cm

by Liz


35 x 60 cm

by Kate

"Life Drawing"

 A2 size

by Jo

Artist’s Statement: “Transformation

During the creative process there are changes which occur as

cerebral and intuitive meet to work together for an individual’s self-expression.

The cerebral has stored knowledge for problem solving,

techniques which usually work to produce something predictable and acceptable in society.

The intuitive is full of surprises.

Unique to the individual it may take some courage to come forward, show itself and ‘speak out.’

Artists working as art therapists discover a freedom which they are delighted to encourage in their clients.

There is a standard description offered to participants: there is “no special ability or disability required.

Art therapy is non-judgmental, no right or wrong, no good or bad art.” (Liebmann)

So this freedom can be empowering or frightening for a first-time participant.

Either way, if you proceed it will be transformative in some way.

You will learn something about yourself and where you are psychologically at that point in time.

This transformation may be experienced in many ways

– internally, liberating your own ideas and communicating their importance to the mind/brain

- and externally by expressing them to other people.

Confidence in self-expression communicated can be a gift for others to express themselves too.

(superceded: see NAVA)

About the exhibiting artists

Liz Dowling

Born in Sydney NSW in 1947 into a very artistic family with a father as

a singer, mother a fashion designer and a brother a pianist Elizabeth always enjoyed her art.

At 19, she worked as a tracer in film animation and later worked with engineers, architects, town planners and display designers working on technical drawings and conceptual art. She discovered her strengths

lay in fine detail pen drawing and in painting, stylised realism. She

studied classical art technique at North Sydney Technical College and later with her then husband Ken Mayfield who had studied at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney.

In her twenties she and Ken regularly held exhibitions in NSW and Qld, mostly for charity. She won the Ballymore prize in Brisbane and was an exhibiting finalist in the Faber-Castell Drawing Prize.


92 x 61 cm

In her thirties, the couple exhibited at the Loggia Gallery, London, and afterwards Elizabeth was selected to exhibit

at The Mall Galleries. Later, back in Australia, she received an AME Bale encouragement award for classical art

for her to mount a solo exhibition in Brisbane.

In her forties, her studies in classical technique led her to work with National Parks in Queensland, designing and painting

large murals for information displays in various National Parks. A degree in Graphic Design also gave her the skills to design

as well as illustrate their printed information such as maps, posters, information sheets and public displays.

In 1996, Elizabeth became involved with art therapy and worked with an interest group committee to promote awareness

of the benefits of art therapy running workshops and introducing international guests to interested parties in Brisbane.

The committee then established a Masters course at the University of Queensland and the group was dissolved.

Seeking more community involvement outside an artist’s isolation,

Elizabeth studied Diversional Therapy and worked in aged care, acquired brain injury and mental health for 7 years.

This became a prerequisite for the Masters entry, along with relevant psychology studies at Griffith University.

She graduated with a Masters in Mental Health (Art Therapy) in 2010 from the University of Queensland.

Moving to Lismore NSW Elizabeth joined the Northern Rivers Arts Health and Wellbeing committee

which organised art therapy workshops with cancer survivors and in mental health.

Currently, Elizabeth facilitates art and movement workshops for On Track Community Programs

through Mission Australia and once a month for anyone interested at her home.

Recently she and 3 other art therapists formed a regional group of the Arts Therapies professional body ANZATA

who meet for supervision and facilitate events to create awareness of art therapy in the Northern Rivers Community. 

Elizabeth is presently an exhibiting member of the Serpentine Gallery in Lismore.

     Her commissioned work includes portraiture, book illustration, and landscapes.

She also runs a U3A Art Appreciation course at Ballina.


Jo Kelly

UK-born Jo attended a Catholic High School, becoming Head Girl. She completed her A Levels intending to attend uni, but instead went to live in India and then spent eight years in Papua New Guinea. With two children,

she applied to go to art school and university to study teaching with art

as a main subject.

During these years, she made a decision that while her artistic practice

is of fundamental importance to her, she chose not to exhibit her work.

The conflict of the commoditisation of artistic imagery was too conflicted

for her. During these years, she engaged with her art practice but life was about the more mundane and her career involved working in the field of

health promotion and with the Probation Service.

On the death of her Mother, Jo trained as an art therapist on the new University of Queensland Masters of Mental Health degree. While undertaking her studies, she also worked as a teacher at the Mater Special School in Brisbane. Since then she has been working in her own chosen field and even managed to exhibit in Brisbane. Ever curious about the art therapy process, she embarked on a PhD – the first in art therapy in a high school in Australia

– which was an ethnographic study involving arts-based research processes. Jo is a published author and has presented widely at national and

international conferences on the subject of art therapy.

Jo is a qualified counsellor as well as being an art therapist and has been a private pilot though it would not be safe to go flying with her now. She has also been a trainer in the Youth Mental Health First Aid (edition 1 & 2) in the recent past.

"Warp and weft of life"

A3 size

One of her greatest satisfactions has been working with art therapy with young parents (aged12-24)

with complex issues i