Eleni Rivers is a professional artist, teacher and community arts worker. She holds several art degrees as well as her MFA from JFK University in Berkeley. She has worked as an artist in many diverse
communitities ranging from prison inmates, new immigrants, old age homes and religious organisations. Her paintings, drawings and illustrations have been exhibited and published in many countries.
"Most of my work deals with plants - a celebration of life or of nature itself. I use seeds and seed pods as a point of departure. I do not emulate nature but rather use it as my inspiration and try to pay tribute to it through my works. To involve oneself in the creation of beauty has function and meaning as well as great healing power. Sometimes we just need to recover by looking at something beautiful in silence, allowing us to think and feel, to reconnect with our inner landscape."
Selected solo exhibitions
2011 Yering Station – Parallel Landscapes
2008 Kinross House, Toorak, Melbourne
2006 Augustine Centre, Melbourne
2003 Togonon Gallery, California
2003 Annex Gallery, California
Workshop Gallery, Sydney
UNICEF – 1st prize, Australia-wide show
Kiwani Art Prize – 2nd prize
Waringah Art Prize – highly commended
Eleni shared her extensive knowledge with a group of interested local artists and community members at her workshop ”Watercolour Bold and Free”. She used her time here to do create a number of watercolour studies.