Sitting Duck (Self Portrait) 2018

Born in Darlinghurst and raised in Drummoyne, both inner suburbs of Sydney, Denise Faulkner was a real city girl… or so she thought. She completed a Diploma of Fine Arts at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 1996, and then a Degree from the same college a few years later. After a few group shows with friends she turned her back on being a professional artist, preferring to eat, and so got a job in the Gallery Shop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Starting as a lowly casual she rose to the dizzying heights of Book Buyer, thereby combining her two great loves, art and books. Whilst there she did many various part time and evening courses from Psychology to Jewellery Making and Creative Writing in a bid to keep her mind active.

Recently, herself, her partner and their cat took the bold plunge and moved permanently to their weekender situated on a bush block with a great big mountain in the middle,  just outside of Mudgee NSW, a long way removed from the city life she was used to. She spends her days watching birds, painting, growing vegetables, taking the cat on bush walks (which the cat loves!), working part time and enjoying life. She is still adapting to the peace, the tranquillity, the stars, the birds, the wildlife, and of course, the inspiration, but loving every minute of it.


April / May 2019 “New and Recent Works” Milk Factory Gallery Bowral

February 2019 “Ginger and Honey” Michael Reid Sydney

November 2018 “Garden Party” Michael Reid at Murrurundi

November 2017 “Outside In” Artisan on Lewis Mudgee

May / June 2017 “Curiouser and Curiouser” Michael Reid at Murrurundi

August / September 2016 “Ten Impossible Things Before Tea” Michael Reid at Murrurundi

March 2016 “Teatray in the Sky” Artisan on Lewis Mudgee

March 2015 “Bird’s Eye View” Artisan on Lewis Mudgee


November 2018 “Huntington Music Festival Art Exhibition” Mudgee

August 2018 “A Bookish Type” Artisan on Lewis Mudgee

April 2018 “Still Life in the Landscape” The Milk Factory Gallery Bowral

May 2017 to January 2018 “Art Now with Text Classics” Travelling Exhibition, The Stables Mudgee, Pandora Gallery Coolah, Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo

February / March 2017 “You Me and a Cup of Tea” Bundaberg Regional Gallery Bundaberg

May 2015 “Plein Air Art Exhibition” Holtermann Museum Gulgong

June 2014 “Mudgee Arts Country Living” Stables Gallery Mudgee