Nerida Wooley


Nerida’s work reflects her strong connection to the beautiful rural landscape of our state, in particular that of the Northern Rivers region where she was born and raised.

Having originally studied Agribusiness at the University of Queensland (Gatton Agricultural College) and later Communications at Charles Sturt University (Bathurst), she returned to painting, graduating in 2019 with a Diploma of Visual Arts from Lismore TAFE.

Artistic career highlights to date include being named a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2021, a semi-finalist in the BAM (Byron Arts Magazine) Art Prize 2020 and most recently a finalist in the Smallworks Art Prize (judged by Ken Done).

Nerida’s focus is on painting landscapes in oils, inspired by reference photos she has taken or been provided. As a former rural newspaper photo-journalist she has a keen eye for picturesque farming scenes and is continually on the look out for ones she can capture and later return to her studio to paint.

Local surrounds provide a constant source of inspiration and as a dedicated painter, Nerida is committed to visually documenting the landscape she loves in all its light and tones. Her work is also easily identified by her signature palette of calming, muted greens and moody skies.

Nerida lives on a macadamia and cattle farm just outside of the village of Alstonville where she paints daily, between family and farm duties, in her on-site studio.

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