Exhibiting Artist Bios @ Eramboo



Coster Mkoki


Coster is a versatile Zimbabwean Artist who has been creating captivating Artworks throughout his life. He is inspired by God's Creation, and strongly believes that all forms of Art, be it contemporary, fine art, sculpture or etchings, emanate from the Greatest Artist! Coster strives to harmonize Art, Technology and Scientific forms to create objects which make demands on the viewer in new and different ways. His experience as a fitter and turner in the heavy industry is the backbone of his desire to push boundaries and experiment in different media. For he believes nothing is impossible in mechanical engineering! Having exhibited and attended artist workshops and residencies in many countries, he remains dedicated and passionate to his work, with art that transcends between indoor and outdoor spaces. Regardless of the Awards and widespread recognition that he has received throughout his career, Coster maintains that Art is not confined or defined by accolades but it is a process or a result of continuous and effortless creativity.




Tanya McAllan


Tanya is a graphic designer by trade but has always illustrated and painted when time allowed. Now she’s in the studio or out in the field most days painting and sketching around Freshwater or over the Blue Mountains in the rain shadow. Her work is mixed media which allows her love of this precious earth and art to combine by painting nature and giving art materials a second life. She has exhibited in the Royal Art Society and has won the Landscape prize in 2016 and 2018, and the Drawing Prize in 2017.




Stacie Ann Smith


Stacie is an American artist recently settled in Sydney’s North Shore. She employs a variety of materials and techniques to create photography based mixed media works. Her pieces have been shown throughout the United States in group exhibitions and published in a variety of alternative photographic process publications. Stacie has begun to explore a “Second Life” in this new land, refining and defining who she is and who she wants to be. This is her first exhibition in Australia.




Tricia Trinder


Born in the UK in 1967 Tricia Trinder is now based in Sydney with her Australian husband and 4 children.  Along with painting animal portraits, Tricia is also an Encaustic artist.  She uses beeswax, damar resin and dry pigments to create her New Horizon Ocean encaustic series.  Tricia was one of the 13 founding artists of Sydney Road Gallery in Seaforth.  She has had numerous solo and group shows around Australia over the last few years, and has also been a finalist in the Hornsby Art Prize, Oakhill Art Prize, Little Things Art Prize in Paddington and last year was a finalist in the Northern Beaches Art Prize.




Fiona Chandler


Fiona Chandler is a mixed media artist with an interest in capturing the beauty of the natural world.  She depicts nature at its most vulnerable. The stories we create by looking closer at our surroundings inspire. She has been Warringah Council’s Artist in Residence, and created Harbord Public School’s first Artist in Residence programme. She established the Conversations with Creative Women series with the Creative Women’s Circle in Melbourne and is a founder of Sydney Road Gallery. Fiona has been a finalist in the Small Things Art Prize in Woollahra, Land at Manly Regional Gallery and has exhibited throughout Australia.




Alyson Bell


Alyson Bell is a practicing artist with specialist skills in video and digital imaging. Originally from the UK with a background in Graphic Design and in Film & Video, Alyson has exhibited in various exhibitions and festivals since 2014 including Bundanon’s 2017 Siteworks Festival. In 2015 she won the Kennedy Prize with her installation ‘Never-Ending Tide’ and in 2018 was selected as one of four Northern Beaches Studio Artists for the Creative Space in Curl Curl.




Dong-Shin Starzacher


Born in South Korea in 1967, and adopted to Zurich, Switzerland in 1970, Dong-Shin was a professional hairdresser there for 20 years.  She has always been creating, painting, drawing, collaging and sculpting her whole life, and attended art school in Basel between 2002-2003.  She stopped hairdressing to become a full-time artist in 2007.  However, her love to use the scissors as a tool remained.  She has been exhibiting in solo and group shows since 1990.  She now lives in Sydney since 2017 with her husband.




Michelle Perrett


Michelle is a Northern Beaches visual artist working in the medium of ceramic sculpture and installation. Her current work explores the importance of plant species and aims to express their mystical qualities. Her nursing background has informed her interest in medicinal properties of plants, and previous bodies of work about hospitals, maternity and women’s histories. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Masters of Fine Arts (research) UNSW, COFA and an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics, NB TAFE. She was the 2018 recipient of the Eramboo and NBC residency Award. Her recent exhibitions include Meroogal Women’s Art Prize (finalist) and the North Sydney Art Prize 2019 (finalist).



Eleanor Amiradaki


Eleanor is a Sydney based, multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores the intimate interior landscapes and thresholds we reside in, and move between. Her work is influenced by archetypal psychology and our relationship with the natural world. She has completed her Master of Art, UNSW and is collected both in Australia and overseas.



Phil Garrett


Philip Garrett was born in Liverpool England. From an early age, art was his strongest and favourite subject although it was not encouraged in him to pursue as a career on leaving school. Eventually he entered the Art school system and attained a degree at Wolverhampton University and later the Royal College of Art in printmaking.  
In 2001 Philip met local architectural sculptor Terry MacDonald. Terry, now 89 years old, Terry had been apprenticed to Architectural sculptor Herbert Tyson Smith (1883-1972) in the years 1946-56. This meeting was extremely important to Philip and his biggest influence to date. Terry mentored him on the subject of Art anatomy, academic line drawing and later on all aspects of sculpture.
Philip is now based in Liverpool, UK, and is self employed as a commercial artist. Some of the work undertaken has included letter carving, signwriting, murals, drawn and painted portraiture, relief sculpture Portrait busts, illustration, and statue commissions. Philip continues his own work as a sculptor by selecting historical figures that are usually local but reflect his own Humanist and Social influenced views on life and society. The people depicted are nearly always individuals from history that have made a huge difference to the majority or have excelled in their own chosen field. Direct observation also, of individuals around him today is of huge importance and Philip is also interested in modelling allegorical figures in the future.