26.05.1953 – 20.05.2018
Renowned artist Lois Joy Brown quietly passed away at her Drouin home in the early hours of Sunday morning, 20 May 2018. Lois leaves an incredible body of an estimated 4000 watercolour paintings and a remarkable record of over 90 major awards spanning her 35-year career as a professional artist.
Born in Yallourn, 26 May 1953 to parents Bob & Betty Brown, Lois was the second of five children growing up on the family farm at Willow Grove. Her passionate pursuit of art began early during her years attending Willow Grove Primary School and later, Trafalgar High School. Lois further developed her artistic skills at the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education and Melbourne State College, majoring in Printmaking and obtaining a Higher Diploma of Teaching Art/Craft.
During her 18-year employment as a secondary-school teacher, Lois began experimenting with watercolours. In the mid-1990’s she made the courageous leap to leave the security of full-time employment to live by the productivity of her paintbrush; a career move that Lois pursued with dedication and professionalism. Lois rapidly established herself as a highly-respected artist amassing many impressive awards including the prestigious 2000 and 2008 Camberwell Rotary Exhibition ‘Works on Paper Landscape’ awards – selected from works by Australia’s best.
Watercolour is often quoted as the most difficult of all painting techniques, Lois never ceased exploring and pushing herself in the medium. She had the ability to capture the mood and changing light of a landscape; her exceptional draftsmanship, the intensity of colour and depth of her paintings setting her work apart. Lois generously shared her expertise through regular workshops with loyal students recalling her as a most patient, encouraging teacher.
A generous supporter of local art shows, Lois often mesmerised onlookers during her popular painting demonstrations. The pressure and high-level of concentration required to produce a painting to her standard was immense and yet she graciously talked her audience calmly through the painting process with all eyes intently on her every brushstroke. For many years Lois offered paintings for raffle to support the Warragul Rotary Art show, likewise she supported the Drouin Ficifolia Art Show, Trafalgar Rotary Art Show, Walhalla Easter Art Show, just to note a few.
The paintings of Lois J Brown proudly grace the walls of hundreds of homes throughout Australia and overseas. The diverse beauty of Gippsland timelessly captured with a sensitivity and detail that earned her a very loyal following. Represented by Town & Country Gallery for 29 years, Lois obligingly produced countless commissioned works for gallery customers; the finished paintings often moving the recipients to tears.
Despite her success Lois remained humble, her greatest love was to scour the outdoors with her partner Ron Greer, an accomplished wildlife photographer. In her final days she spent precious time at Wilsons Promontory, taking in some of the views that inspired her life-long quest to capture the natural world in her paintings. Lois will be sadly missed; her fine art however will live on and be appreciated for many generations – her legacy.