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In 2007, Shane began the Certificate IV in Fine Arts at Hunter Street (Newcastle) TAFE. As a mature age, part-time student she was finally embarking on a path she’d never thought possible – formal art training. In 2011, Shane completed the Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in painting. She was a finalist in the Ford Grant, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding aptitude.

“My reason for undertaking this step was realization that, although through entry into local and regional exhibitions I had enjoyed some success, I needed to expand my skills and knowledge, not only in a practical sense, but in order to understand art.”

Shane is a member of the Newcastle Printmakers and continues with painting and drawing. She looks forward to continuing participation in this field.


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