Arts Tree was established in 2012, and operates a dedicated art studio/classroom at 248 Preston Road, Wynnum West. It is a continually developing artistic visualisation, and the brainchild of life, love and business partners Graham Cox and De Gillett.
At Arts Tree, we work with you to unlock your own voice as an artist; filling your arsenal of artistic tools with everything you must master in order to create beautiful, expressive, meaningful works of art. We believe in the transformative power of making art in your life, and that fluency in drawing, mark-making and colour can not only bring more splendour and meaning into this world, it can also assist your wellbeing and happiness.
Graham Cox, Creative Director, administrator and owner of Arts Tree will be your first point of contact. With 15 years’ experience in art departments of film and television productions and many friends in the arts community, Graham knows his way around a studio, and is committed to bringing an ethical art tuition business to Brisbane. Graham holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland Registry as a lawyer in 2011. As a man with a creative soul, however, he prefers to follow his passion for the fine arts rather than pursue a legal career. Professionalism is the essential ingredient in all Arts Tree productions, and with Graham’s experience in management, lighting, set dressing and event management you can depend on a positive artistic experience in learning to paint and draw with Arts Tree.
De Gillett is Arts Tree’s foundation tutor, in acrylics, inks and oils. De is a practicing professional artist and fine arts tutor with 20 years’ experience in teaching painting, drawing and sculpture across a wide range of media. De holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queensland College of Art (2012). Now that she has graduated as an Honours College Scholar De is concentrating on bringing the joy of making art to the wider world as a tutor for Arts Tree. De’s lessons are exciting, fun, and are guaranteed to push you out of bad habits and onwards into artistic excellence. De works in a wide range of styles from the photo-realistic to the wild and impetuous and everywhere in between — portraiture, flight, figures, landscape and more. Her wilder work has been described as ‘recklessly sumptuous’ and she specialises in busting students out of their tight and over-controlled beginnings to create beautiful, painterly, exciting works without ever ignoring the importance of learning and practicing good drawing technique.
Denise Reichenbach has studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, the National Art School in Sydney and at the Queensland College of Art (QCA). She brings a wealth of experience to Arts Tree. An experienced tutor of adult art students, Denise is dedicated to the process of each student acquiring new skills in technique and expression in order to find their own artistic voice. Denise’s classes, like those of fellow tutor De Gillett, are ideal for those who feel too tight with their artmaking, and would like to expand into a more contemporary, painterly style. In a career spanning over a decade, Denise is well qualified to bring a high level of art tutoring to Arts Tree. She has exhibited widely and taken part in several residences throughout Europe and Australia. Denise Reichenbach brings a particular artistic sensibility to her own practice. A hybrid conflation of painting, drawing, collage and sculpture, her work swings between abstract and figurative composition, dealing with the complexity of human relationships. She incorporates strong references to her German background in history and art, but makes room for intuitive exploration through the conscious deskilling of her painterly technique.
Arts Tree aims to be an avenue for positive growth by providing goods and services that enable and nurture access to art and joy, beauty, colour, light, vibrancy and abundance. Arts Tree is firmly committed to tolerance and understanding of diversity in society and aims to enable an appropriate balance between primacy of concept and primacy of skill. In the pursuit of quality arts tuition, Arts Tree is committed to maintaining and developing professional courteous conduct at all times; always looking at expanding the possibilities and potential outcomes; providing excellence in fine art tuition; bringing a positive experience to facilitate a positive outcome; and lifelong learning. Arts Tree values a high standard of tuition in assisting the participants to achieve a positive outcome, and to that end employs the very best tutors in all aspects of art-making.