The Artist

After my business collapsed in 2005 my adult children sent me to an adult education art class at the ANU School of Art in landscape drawing. By the end of the year I had produced a calendar of ink sketches of Canberra scenes.  I have produced 3 calendars.  I started to enter local art competitions and art shows and sold some bits and pieces.  I joined Canberra Art Workshop ( an artist collective), and, was able to attend a structured art class over a 2 year period with Richard Mahler.   I managed to get funding for a course in Lithography at Megalo and a couple of other formal art classes.

In 2008 I held my first solo exhibition.  And, it was two held simultaneously. (n.b. Photos of my exhibitions can be seen on in the Galleries below on the Home Page)


2012, 29 September - 29 October, solo exhibition "Out around the Place" the Wright Space Gallery Gundaroo

2012, 2 – 19 August, Solo Exhibition “The sacking: an exploration of Women, Bullying and the Workplace” M16 Artspace, Blaxland Cres Griffith ACT

2010, 2 -20 September; Solo Exhibition “Solo 2010” Tuggeranong Arts Centre Gallery; featuring 11 works over 15 doors

2010, 2nd -14th March; Solo Exhibition "Cavorting" Southside Gallery Narrabundah;  which explored the freedom of post menopausal women.  The highlight of this almost sold out exhibtion was a display of Burlesque dancing at the opening at IWD drinkies on the 8th March. 

2009, 11th-29th June;  Solo exhibition: "Every Wall is Door" Tuggeranong Arts Centre;  consisted of 22 internal household doors, a favourite support,  combined some  trompe l'oeil works and also showed a form of expressive realism  created using a range of mediums and effects. Featured ( very briefly) on the ACT ABC Stateline, Friday 5th July

2008, 28th August - 15th September; Joint Exhibition with Marje Seymour: “Time and Place' at Southside Gallery, Narrabundah               

2008, 22 May – 8 June;   Simultaneous Solo exhibitions:

“Somewhere Else’    Tuggeranong Arts Centre, and,  

"Portraits"  Zbrasserie Brasserie Tuggeranong


Julie McCarron-Benson  BA  JP

The Citizen

Julie McCarron-Benson grew up in Canowindra, a small town in the central west of NSW, Australia. She attended Canowindra Public School and Cowra High School, moved to Canberra as a school leaver to work in the Commonwealth Public Service, went nursing, got married, had three kids and went to the Australian National University.  She has worked amongst other positions as a shop assistant, a movie usher, a security guard and a professional carer.  She worked for several NGOs.  She opened a café, set up a business manufacturing gourmet foods, and established an event management business specialising in wedding coordination.  She has held art exhibitions.  Julie would prefer to read, loves gardening and attending the opera.  Her many friends ensure that her alcohol tolerance level remains comparatively high.