Countdown to Art with Heart: meet the artists

Art with Heart

One week to go. Art with Heart is on next Wednesday.

The Truly Deeply studio is starting to fill up with an amazing selection of artwork for our annual art show, Art with Heart. To give you a sense of what you can expect to see, here’s some background to some of the artists and their artwork.

This year’s theme ‘True’ celebrates diversity and embracing all of our differences – your true colours. Artists are encouraged to create to this theme in recognition of 2018 chosen charity StartOut – a local health promotion charity providing mentorship programmes for young people of diverse sexuality and gender (DSG).

These are just a few of our artists who have generously donated their time and materials to help Truly Deeply raise enough to fund 100 additional StartOut mentors.

Mel Matthews

Mel is an illustrator who specialises in creating fun images for little kids and big kids.

After a brief stint as a jazz musician, Mel went on to study Fine Art and then Illustration at Chisholm TAFE, Melbourne. She secured her first real job right after graduating, and has been drawing for a living full time ever since. Her art is inspired by mid-century illustration and graphic design, and driven by a love of animals and the natural world.

“I’ve participated in Art with Heart in 2015 and 2016 and I’m making a comeback this year. As a bisexual woman, this year’s theme and supported charity are quite important to me.”

Find out more about Mel here @meldraws

Art with Heart
Jack Howl

Jack’s art practice has been heavily influenced by 90s and early 2000s pop-culture. Japanese animation, video games and cartoons fuelled his imagination as a child and developed into an impulse to channel that inspiration into visual artistic expression. As Jack matured he became more interested in the culture and history that inspired the creation of his childhood obsessions. Japanese Ukiyo-e painting and Ero Guro strongly influence the style of his work.

“I think StartOut is a great tool for young people who feel isolated by DSG,” says Jack “It’s important that young people have an outlet for issues they have trouble expressing and this charity is creating a safe space for that interaction.”

Find out more about Jack here @jack_howl

Jack Howl’s illustrations create a world of eccentric and curious characters.

Rebecca Galileos

For Rebecca painting is a pleasurable journey. Her outstanding paintings truly capture the familiar in objects in our lives. Rebecca’s compositions are a simple play of light and shade of warm heart-felt images. Using paint on canvas she captures the spirit of objects.

“As a nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital, I have first-hand insights into the tremendous issues and barriers confronted by young people of diverse, sexuality and gender (DSG),” explains Rebecca. “I open my heart for any fundraising which can help provide mentorship, build internal dignity, strength and direct positive self-regard for young people this would be invaluable to regional communities, and the community as a whole.”

She encourages people to be generous when considering purchase of her painting for this very special fundraising occasion.

If you would like to be part of Art with Heart 2018 supporting StartOut, please email

Alex St Claire
Art with Heart Event Manager

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