Gardens of the Mind was created by Jennifer O'Brien, a practising artist and visual arts specialist teacher based in inner west Sydney. Jennifer’s teaching experience has been developed in primary, secondary and TAFE education in NSW. Jennifer’s academic achievements range across Bachelor of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Art Education and a Master of Arts in Photomedia as well as ongoing professional development. She is passionate about art and enjoys balancing her teaching commitments with working in her studio. Her goal of inspiring a lifetime engagement in all forms of creative arts is a positive outcome of the programmes that Gardens of the Mind offer. Her little rescue dog, Tallulah Lulu_ Pantaloon, has taken on the job as her studio assistant but  can often be caught sleeping on the job 


Pamela Vaughan is an experienced practising artist who currently lives in the Blue Mountains.  She has been exhibiting for over three decades including being a finalist in the Sulman and Dobell Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW, as well a winner of a national printmaking award. She has post-graduate qualifications in studio practice and education and has teaching experience in the community, school and tertiary sectors – most recently with the National Art School, Darlinghurst.   She has also collaborated with education units at The Art Gallery of NSW, Taronga Zoo, The Australian Museum & the S.H. Irvin Gallery . Pam’s art practise focuses mainly on drawing and printmaking, she also explores painting and sculpture. Her subject matter includes her ongoing love of animals, an exploration of dreams & the subconscious and a recent challenge of making a response to the Blue Mountains landscape. Her latest studio adventures include a group project, ‘Birdland’, which involved exhibitions at the Mount Victoria Museum and the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and participation in the 2020 Kedumba Drawing Award.  She is often assisted  in her studio by Max an Irish Wolfhound



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