Next Meeting


Saturday, 17 April 2021

Welcome to our next meeting, which hopes to activate your creative genius!

The next GCWA Meeting is on Saturday 17 April 2021 at Burleigh Waters Community Centre, Christine Avenue. We have a capacity of 82 people.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete the entry process so we can start on time. This session is jam-packed. If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and get better quickly.

Members: $5.00 (EFTPOS payment preferred, although cash is acceptable)
Visitors: $10.00 (EFTPOS payment preferred, although cash is acceptable)

Order of Events from 12pm

12:00 pm Members are welcome (total 82)

12:05 pm – Introduction

12:15 pm – Guest Speaker: Susy Boyer

1:00 pm – Afternoon Tea
Pre-packed refreshments provided or BYO

1:30 pm – Workshop: Alison Nancye – “Unleashing your Creative Power”

3:00 pm – Conclusion and Thank You


Guest Speaker: Susy Boyer

Susy Boyer is a freelance illustrator, painter and writer living
beside the ocean in northern NSW.

Susy has spent most of her life as a creator and
maker of things. These pursuits inspire her like
nothing else, and she’s happily lost in the
comforting world of her imagination.
Graduating from The Qld College of Art, Susy spent
five years working in Sydney and London as a
graphic designer and illustrator of magazines.

After some wonderful years as the Assistant Art
Director of The Australian Women’s Weekly, a
yearning for more drawing time led her to a full-time
career in illustration which has continued for thirty
years.

Publishing is her favourite field to work in,
especially on children’s books, and she has illustrated more than 100 titles, including picture books, chapter books and readers for the educational market.

Writing is an important part of Susy’s creative process, and she’s been passionately jotting down children’s stories in overstuffed notebooks since high school.

This is now coming into sharp focus as she immerses herself in the writing industry – studying the craft of writing, honing her skills, and pursuing publication for her stories.

Susy also enjoys the creative freedom and challenges of painting, and is increasing her work in Fine Art now that her three sons have grown up. Her work has been exhibited at the Tweed Regional Gallery and The Powerhouse Museum, where she was a finalist in the Brisbane Portrait Prize.

Her latest offering is a series of large botanical drawings in graphite on paper. With the limited-edition prints finding popularity in the interior design market.

I work mainly with soft pastel, watercolour and coloured pencil for my illustrations, and graphite, pastel or acrylic for my fine art pieces. The subject matter in my work is generally Botanical, Landscape and Portraits. My art is inspired by visual beauty, amazing people and the wonder of nature, in particular the ocean and beaches.

I’m very passionate about colour, it has the power to literally stop me in my tracks. Some of my earliest memories are of brightly coloured objects or pictures that fascinated me as a baby. I’m drawn with delight to the colours of everything around me, and the endless combinations one can make to find a pleasing result. Maybe this explains my quirky attraction to licorice allsorts.”

Susy Boyer

Susy likes to pass on her knowledge by stepping outside her studio to teach drawing skills to children. It’s something she feels is important, and sadly missing from the Primary School system. Over the years she’s used her experience and expertise to hold art and illustration workshops in around 60 Queensland and New South Wales schools.

She also teaches drawing a few afternoons a week to an enthusiastic and dedicated band of art students from 6-18yrs at her popular studio The Art Room on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Her warm, friendly nature and child-like imagination is the key to her successful connection with these sensitive young creators.

Susy finds inspiration and ideas beside the ocean, and as an avid runner likes to balance the many hours spent at her desk or easel with running barefoot on the beach or bush trails each morning.


Workshop: Alison Nancye

Alison Nancye is a prolific and passionate storyteller, who has authored ten books and two meditation albums, and is the host of podcast, ‘She’ll be Right’. She writes fiction and non-fiction for women and children and has been featured on television, in print, and on radio. Alison has been meditating 25 years and uses powerful creative visualisation processes to write her fiction books, create non-fiction content, and support existing and emerging writers to unleash their true creative power.

Unleash Your Creative Power

Join us to experience prolific storyteller, Alison Nancye’s, engaging, creative and powerful interactive talk on tapping into your true creative power for any genre. Bring your journal and pen, and get ready for the ride of your life! Alison is a passionate and entertaining speaker who has led writing and creative visualisation workshops throughout Australia and United States.


New members are welcome: please email Membership Secretary, gcwa.membersec@gmail.com