Location: Australia

Isabel “Fay” McIvor-Kimber

I am commonly known as Fay (middle name), McIvor was my married name and Kimber is my mother’s maiden name. I was born in the country town of TePuke in 1935. TePuke is situated in the Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. I now reside in the Sunshine Coast and I became an Australian Citizen in the year 2000.

I have always been creative and mastered many crafts. During my life I have designed and made all my own clothing. Over the years I have tailor-made clothing for many people including beauty contestants. It was not until my mature years that I turned my creative talents to painting. I am a dedicated Artist and have won awards in both New Zealand and Australia. I see a completely different world since I first began painting in 1994.

Apart from 14 lessons at the age of 59 years with an oil artist in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1994, I generally regard myself as self-taught. I have since moved from oils to other mediums such as watercolour, acrylic and pastel. Being an avid photographer I use my large collection of photos as a reference material for my work. I have discovered I have a real flare for watercolour and acrylic, and they have become my firm favourites. Over the years I have attended art workshops with recognised artists to further develop my skills.

My favourite subject is flowers and because of my deep love for flowers as a subject I research the characteristics of each of them before creating them in realism or in a semi abstract form.

Achievement Awards as follows:

1994 November – The most improved water colourist, Tauranga Art Society NZ

1997 July – First prize the ‘Dale Mitchell Memorial Cup’ for mixed media ‘Vibrant Poppies’ water colour, pastel & charcoal, Tauranga, New Zealand.

2000 – First prize still life ‘Autumn Colours’ watercolour, Easter exhibition, Yurara Art Society.

2001 – First prize still life ‘Show Time’ watercolour, Easter exhibition, Yurara Art Society

2001 October – First prize works on paper ‘Canyon Stream’, Redlands Art Awards

2002 – First prize seascape section ‘Morten Bay Sunrise’, Easter exhibition, Yurara Art Society

2002 November – Certificate ‘Blue Bearded Iris’, Redlands Art Award

2003 October – First prize in the contemporary section ‘Rose Wash’ watercolour, Cleveland Gardens Retirement Village.

2004 – First prize still life ‘Rhododendron 11’ watercolour, Easter exhibition, Yurara Art Society

2004 July – Second prize ‘Oise au du Parades’ (Bird of Paradise) watercolour, Ipswich Award

2004 November – Highly Commended ‘Aquarium’ acrylic on oil paper, Seniors Class Cleveland gardens retirement village.

Due to ill health I had a break from art for five years.

2009 October – First prize ‘Peace Rose’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society Exhibition.

2009 October – Highly Commended ‘Field of Poppies’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society.

2010 April – Highly Commended ‘Arum Lily’ acrylic on canvas, Wondai Art Society Natures Beauty.

2010 April – Commended ‘Magnolia Flower’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society.

2010 June – First Prize ‘Mystery City’ acrylic on canvas, section oil & acrylic exhibition, Wondai Art Society.

2010 October – Second prize ‘Yellow Bearded Iris’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society.

2010September First prize ‘Serene Twilight’, Murgon Rotary art awards, SouthBurnett.

2011 April –First prize ‘Slipper Orchid’ watercolour, Wondai Art Society.

2012 – Highly Commended ‘Shorncliffe Jetty’ pastel, Woodford Exhibition.

I owned and operated a picture framing business called ‘LET’S FRAME IT’ which included a gallery from early 2001 until the end of 2004.

It was located in the Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. I retired from business at the age of 70 years. Over the years I have been fortunate to have sold many paintings around the world including New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, America and Holland.

I am currently available for commission work, murals and teaching.

Isabel “Fay” McIvor-Kimber


Art without fear

My artwork!! I never fear art.Every project with excitement ,with any type of medium ,my most favoured being watercolour,next Acrylic,Oil,then pastel then mixed media.Such great theropy,a relaxation,of what appears in front of your eyes,perhaps a master piece