I started my art career at the age of 10 when I won first prize in the Rockhampton Show.
My mother decided to have me taught some art form so I could eventually get a job. I chose Commercial Art from one of the Art teachers in Rockhampton, Mr Charles Haywood. I received my Diploma of Commercial Arts around the age of 15 and started working as a Ticket Writer for Hetheringtons (3 shops) in East Street, Rockhampton. I worked for them for approximately 10 years during which time I started my own business ‘Kay Duggan Signs and Screenprinters. I eventually retired to Kinka Beach.
I applied for a job at Woolworths in 1972 as a ticket writer. While I was there I was doing promotions state wide and Australia wide for ‘Care for Kids’. We won 2 Australian Awards and 5 Queensland Awards. The prize $1000.00 each was donated to ‘Care for Kids’ Brisbane.
During this time I was approached by TAFE College to conduct night classes, which I taught for 7 years.
When I retired to the beach, I joined the Capricorn Art Society and the Rockhampton Queensland Art Gallery. I am currently a member of the Mill Gallery Yeppoon and named one of 10 Local Artists for the Livingstone Shire Council for 2018.
In 2009 I went to a workshop in Italy with Lyn Diefenbachworking in oils and pastels. In 2011I travelled to Italy, Athens, Corfu and Santorini. In 2012 I travelled to France and Northern Italy.
I have had several workshops with the artists Ted and Col Whisson, Cynthia Hargreaves, Coral Morris, Ross Peterson, John Wilson and Robyn Collier.
My pride and joy out of 69 entries was being awarded ‘Commended’ with my painting ‘Tropicana’ at the Rotary Club of Yeppoon Inc. and the Rockhampton Regional Council and Ready Mix Open Award.
Yeppoon and District Show Society Inc:
2009 – 1st prize Best Overall Exhibit Classes 2-9, Ist prize Abstract, 2nd prize Flora and Fauna, Highly Commended Flora and Fauna.
2010 – 1st prize Abstract, 1st prize Flora and Fauna, 2nd prize Landscape, Highly Commended Portrait
2016 – 1st prize Portrait,1st prize Abstract, 1st prize Any other Subject, 2nd prize Flora and Fauna
2017 – 1st prize Landscape, 1st prize Flora and Fauna, 2nd prize Any other Subject
2018 – 1st prize (Okky), highly commended Flora, 1st prize Overall Exhibit Open Original Works.
I am very proud of my results and acknowledge my tutors Coral Morris and Touring Tutor Lyn Diefenbach.