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Arts Tree was established early in February 2013, and operates a dedicated art studio/classroom at 248 Preston Road, Wynnum West.

Arts Tree 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.

 Arts Tree aims to be an avenue for positive growth by providing goods and services that enable and nurture access to joy, beauty, colour, light, vibrancy and abundance.

The future sees Arts Tree extending our range of Instructional DVD’s and Tools for Artists, establish an exhibit and events based fine arts distribution concept and develop an arts/law/business advice service.

Arts Tree is firmly committed to tolerance and understanding of diversity in society.




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.

You can phone Graham at Arts Tree on 0437146359 or send an email to info@artstree.com.au if there is anything else you need to know about Arts Tree classes, or to book yourself a place in one of them. Our tutors do not deal directly with their own class and workshop bookings- please contact Graham.

Where to find our Studio/Classroom


De Gillett is Arts Tree's foundation tutor, in acrylics, inks and oils. De_the_graduateDe 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’s lessons are exciting, fun, and are guaranteed to push you out of bad habits and onwards into artistic excellence. 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 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. You can see De’s work on Facebook and on her website www.degillett.com.au




Riana Holliday is an accomplished and experienced artist with a great passion for providing creative people with the tools and knowledge to express themselves.

She works in acrylics and mixed media on paper, and encourages her students to work in whichever medium they feel suits them best for any particular subject matter.

Riana has attained a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at the University of Pretoria, and a Higher Diploma in Education (1976). She has many years’ experience as an art teacher, having taught drawing, painting, relief printing, etching and sculpture to students in secondary schools and at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Her own practice, often inspired by colour and organic matter, is vibrant, exciting and technically outstanding, and she has exhibited her work at various group exhibitions in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Namibia. Riana has recently immigrated to Australia and settled in Brisbane, where she has continued to build her own practice and to enthusiastically teach art to adult students. You can see examples of Riana's own work here on our Arts Tree facebook page. 



We also welcome Julie Martin, our tutor for our Beginner's Painting Classes for adults!

 Julie has been painting seriously since 2008, and combines her love of art with her considerable tutoring skills. 

As the mother of 2 teenage daughters, and with experience in working with teens, Julie will bring a comprehensive assortment of skills and artistic understandings to all of her students. 

Julie’s previous experience includes:

Moreton Bay Girls College-  Assisting the Head of Art Department in the Senior Art Classes, and designing and running art workshops for Grades 9 & 10 (2014);

Tutoring high school students in private art classes (2014);

Participating in many group and community exhibitions in and around Brisbane;

Course convenor and tutor at the “Practical Art Centre”, New Plymouth, N.Z. (1990-1995); and


Completing her Adult Learning and Teaching Diploma (New Zealand) and working  as a Senior Food Technology Tutor  in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.






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