The Outback Online Gallery has been set up to support artists living in rural and remote parts of Australia take their creative talents to the world.
It collectively markets artists who are time poor, lacking internet services or would prefer to use their time creating art.
The gallery also represents artists who don't face the challenge of living in remote Australia but who's work celebrates and is inspired by the outback.
Nicole Bond grew up on a beef and cropping property in Queensland's southern inland in a house that was filled with art inspired by the bush. Her London born grandfather, Alexander Bond, had taken up painting at 50, many of his scenes of life working on the western Darling Downs ended up in her childhood home of 'Waipiro'.
She, however, inherited none of his artistic talent and - after working as a tour guide, sports coach, corporate team builder and sports development officer in Papua New Guinea - eventually settled on a career in the media as an award winning journalist mainly with the ABC in Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Bundaberg and Longreach. Nicole is currently on leave.
She loves and is inspired by the attitude of bush people and after a weekend away hosting an all women's event "The Channel Country Ladies Day" was struck with the realisation that there are many, many talented women (and men) in the outback who have a creative gift, but don't have good access to the internet or social media to take their works to the world. Or when they're not producing unique art are too busy working on the station or teaching children via School of the air to market their work.
And so TheOutbackGallery was born. Nicole hopes to make the gallery into a true community that collectively works together to support each other's artistic dreams and of course to take "Art from Australia's Heart" - to the world.
Nicole lives in Longreach, Queensland with her husband Tony, two sons and one daughter. Loves the outdoors, cooking, taking photographs and gin and tonic, she plans to climb a real and metaphorical mountain this year.
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Have confidence that all artworks are Australian made or designed. Artworks are originals and the artist you see featured on the site is the person who created it and you are purchasing from.
By purchasing art from The Outback Online Gallery you are supporting artists and rural communities.
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