The Artist

CPorter artist in the field 2015
(photo by Rhonda Banks)

Christine Porter is a full time practicing artist living on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia. She works from her studio there, as well as in more remote areas.She is a painter , printmaker,  teacher and  publisher .

As a painter, her favoured medium is watercolour. She was elected in 1996 as an exhibiting member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and in 2007 to the Royal Art Society of New South Wales. Her paintings concentrate on the subject matter of rural Australia – especially the sheep, wool and cattle industries of western Queensland. Christine also paints in acrylic on board or canvas.

As a printmaker, Christine’s medium is the multi-plate colour etching extending her rural subject matter as well as more personal subjects and ideas.

In 1996 she formed the publishing company Full Moon Publications to create opportunities for showing her artwork in card and book form.

Christine, who is a trained and experienced teacher, works with many artists providing training in technical aspects of painting and printmaking. She also provides education and coaching about professionalism in the arts industry.

Career Highlights

2014 Casual Academic, Southern Cross University, Lismore
2011- 2014 University of Southern Qld; McGregor Schools Tutor
2007-2008 Painting and exhibiting trips to UK
2006 Bachelor Visual Arts, Southern Cross University, Lismore
2004 elected member: Royal Art Society, Sydney
2003 first overseas teaching assignment
established printmaking editioning studio – Full Moon Editions
2003 established professional development consultation and coaching business: Success and the Business of Artwork
1998 established publishing company – Full Moon Publications
elected exhibiting member: Australian Watercolour Institute
1993-2016 Toastmaster’s International, compete to division level, Advanced Communicator Silver awarded 2014
1991-2016 various workshops/speaking engagements Australia and overseas
1990 commenced full time, self employment as an artist
1985-9 primary school teacher in Western Queensland
1982   Diploma of Teaching, Armidale College of Advanced Education, Armidale

Selected Major Prizes

2019 Best in Show. Australian Watercolour Muster
2016 The Inverell Art Prize
2015 The Stockwell Weber Foundation Award Blackall Heartland Festival
2014 The Inverell Art Prize
2013 The Bentley Art Prize
2012 Finalist John Villiers Walzting Matilda Outback Art Show , Winton Qld
2009 Finalist Country Energy Award for Landscape Painting
2006 McGregor Art Fellowship from the University of Southern Queensland for travel to the UK in 2007
2002 Kenneth McQueen Memorial Prize for Watercolour
2001 International Finalist, International Artist Challenge No. 1 The Landscape
1998 National Finalist, Executive Woman of the Year Award (Arts and Industry sector)
1997 Zonta Award for Women, Brisbane
1996 National Finalist, Canson Student Print Competition (one of twenty chosen from all Australian universities)
1992  Warwick Daily News Art Prize
1986-2020 more than 200 prizes and awards at various art competitions Australia-wide

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 ” Nundubbermere” Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (proposed)
2019 The Working Shed Gympie Regional Gallery (proposed)
2018 The Hundredth Shearing Shed NERAM Armidale
2017 Shadowing Tom Inverell Regional Art Gallery
2011 small milestones 75 George St The Rocks Sydney
2010 a box of horseshoes Moree Gallery, Moree
2010 narrative Barratt Galleries, Alstonville
2009 remembering how to fly Barebones Artspace, Bangalow NSW
2008 British Breeds The Royal Highland Show Edinburgh Scotland
2008 I couldn’t see the landscape for the fields Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld
2008 The Carelessness of Exile Tweed River Regional Gallery Murwillumbah NSW
2007 Other people’s treasures Randolf Galleries, Edinburgh Scotland
2006 not far, as the crow flies Stanthorpe Regional Gallery
2006 Sheds, tanks and Shearers: a portrait of rural Australia, Salmon Galleries Sydney
2004 The Shearing Shed, Brisbane Royal Show
2003   outsidein Texas Regional Art Gallery, Qld Painted Tin – Australian Workers’ Heritage Centre, Barcaldine
2001 Christine Porter – ten years: one thousand paintings, Lismore Regional Art Gallery
1998, 1993, 1991 Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane   1994 The Moree Gallery, Moree NSW
1990-2001 various venues Goondiwindi Qld

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Vivid: the Luminous World of Watercolour Sydney
2015 Twenty Summers Inverlochy Art School Invitational exhibition. Wellington New Zealand
2014-2015 Across the Water: China Australia Modern Masters of Watercolour Zhujiajiao, Shenzhen China: Sydney, Australia
2014 The Breakfast Club Diaries Various Galleries Poland
2014-16 Bimblebox 153 Birds Various Galleries Qld
2013 One Hundred Years of Watercolour Melbourne (curated by Richard Watson)
2012-13 Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition. Taiwan, Sydney
2012-13 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition London (curated by the Printmakers Council, London) -touring
2010 Wattle Thistle and Rose: The Finest Watercolourists of Australia, England and Scotland Wollongong City Gallery
2009 Community Printmakers Award. Tweed River Art Gallery. National Finalist Exhibition (curated by Basil Hall)
2007 Launch exhibition, Barratt Galleries Alstonville (curated by Julie Barratt)
2004 Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour Painting Busan, Korea (representing Australia)
2004 The CMAG Collection : Studio One Prints. Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra (curated by Mark Van Veen)
2004 Country Women Artists Salmon Galleries Sydney (curated by Judith Salmon)
2002 Voluntary response, Lismore Regional Art Gallery
2001 [e] folio Lismore Regional Art Gallery (commissioned by Jan Davis for the Lismore Regional Art Gallery Foundation)
1998 Australian in New York, New York, USA (curated by Simonne Jameson)
Biennial International Watercolour Exhibition, Mexico. (representing Australia)
1997 Australian in Paris, Paris, France (curated by Simonne Jameson)
1997 Exhibition of Printmakers’ Art, R.Q.A.S., Brisbane
1995 Profound Statement in Print, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, touring show (curated by Wim de Vos)

Current Represention

PG Printmaker Gallery, Melbourne; Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane; The Moree Gallery, Moree; Barebones Artspace, Bangalow; Coldstream Gallery, Ulmarra; Millwood Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


INTERNATIONAL: Permanent Collection – Museo National de la Acuarela Mexico City
AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: National Gallery of Australia; Brisbane City Council; University of Southern Queensland; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Lismore City Council; Queensland Arts Council; Lismore Regional Art Gallery; Waggamba, Cloncurry, Barcaldine, Blackall Councils.Canson Australia, Melbourne; United Service Club, Brisbane; Australian Police Force, Canberra; Daily News, Warwick; Main Camp Tea-tree, Ballina; Richmond – Upper Clarence Regional Library
CORPORATE COLLECTIONS: Canson Australia, Melbourne; United Service Club, Brisbane; Australian Police Force, Canberra; Daily News, Warwick; Main Camp Tea-tree, Ballina; Richmond – Upper Clarence Regional Library


2014 Flying Arts Alliance – Accredited Member
2004 Royal Art Society, Sydney- Exhibiting Member
1996 Australian Watercolour Institute – Elected Member


2002 (e) folio Lismore Regional Art Gallery Foundation
The Anglican Church, Grafton diocese. The Cathedral Project
Annual private artist-in-residence, Queensland, New South Wales , Tasmania


2013, 2015 The Tenterfield Traveller Artist in residence
2010 Kingaroy Shire Art Gallery. Flying Ant Project
2002 Barcaldine Arts Council: Painted Tin creating artwork and mounting exhibition. Exhibition opened by Margaret Whitlam.
1993 Macintyre cluster of schools: Developed project based art programme to schools in the Goondiwindi area.

Selected Bibliography
Facebook: Christine Porter, Artist
Instagram: christineporterartist
Twitter: ChrisPorterArt

2019 Radio National Interview with Ed Ayers
2015 ‘Brushes with History, Masters of watercolour‘ Linda and David Van Nunen. Australian Watercolour Institute 2015, pp 160-161
2013 ‘The Australian Artist Magazine’ April 2013 pp 18-25 “A very vernacular obsession”; May 2013 pp 32-39 “In response to what I see”
2012 ‘Tradition and Transformation Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition’ Australian Watercolour Institute 2012 P108 (exhibition catalogue)
2010 ‘Imprint’ Volume 45 Number 1 p28 Tim Mosely “Christine Porter: Fragments of lost narratives”
2006 ‘The Australian Watercolour Institute’ Phillip Matthews Sydney 2006 pp132,133
2005 ‘The Artist’s Palette’ No37, pp26-34 “Christine Porter ,Artist in residence” (editorial and article)
2004 ‘Australian Artist’ Feb 2004 pp 58-66 “Multiplicity”
‘2004 Grand Festival of Asian Watercolour’
(exhibition catalogue)
2001′Christine Porter ten years : one thousand paintings’ Full Moon Publications, Lismore, 2001 (38 page, full colour, exhibition catalogue)
2000 ‘International Artist’– Vol 17 Feb /Mar 2001,p7 (reproduction)
1998 Tercera Bienal Internacional De Acuarela,Mexico ‘1998 Catalogue Museo Nacional De La Acuarela’. (exhibition Catalogue)
1998 ‘Australian Watercolour Institute 75th anniversary 1923-1998’ Beagle Press,Sydney,p118-9


2011- 2014 Casual Academic
Southern Cross University – tutor Arts and Industry Studies 2014
University of Southern Queensland, McGregor Schools Tutor: Summer 2014, Winter 2011, 2012
1990-2018 Toastmasters International
2015-17 Awarded Advanced Communicator Silver, Compete to Division level in International and evaluation
2014-2016 Club mentor, charter member , club leader In Focus advanced club
1996-99, 2013-14 Club Leader positions Summerland Toastmasters,.
1991-1995 Club Leader positions Goondiwindi
2000- 2018 Speaking engagements
Topics : being businesslike as an artist, artist talks and other topics incl. guest lunch speaker at Toastmaster’s District 69 conference, 2006, “Inspiring Australia” 2016
2000-2020 Professional Artist Mentoring
1991 – 2020 Workshops
From 2-14 days, in watercolour, printmaking technique and art-business strategies.
Organised privately by community art groups, and public bodies such as Qld Arts Council, Artswest, Borderline.
2016-18 Full Moon Art Retreat 
2007 -2015 Artist in Schools
2013-15 The “ARTbird Project” – printmaking in various small schools
Art consultant and workshops in primary and high schools in NSW and Qld
Teacher registration current for Qld schools
1990- 2020  Private Classes
Subjects: painting, drawing and printmaking. Studio door lessons for adults and school age students.
2020 – A Year of Watercolour
2019 – Studio Door Art Workshops
1984- 1989   Primary School Teacher Department of Education, Queensland