Jocelyn is a community figure in the Central Coast, much loved and respected.
Jocelyn is a community figure in the Central Coast, much loved and respected.

Nature an inspiration for Jocelyn's imagination to use

JOCELYN Maughan has loved drawing and painting since she was a child.

Her early childhood memories are of family outings and picnics where the sketch pad and pencils always went along in the basket. She remembers trawling the galleries as a child, often sitting and sketching in galleries for so long she was asked to move on by the attendants.

The 77-year-old believes nature is a resource just waiting for her imagination to use it, and today she still takes her sketch book everywhere. She is likely to pull it out on trains, buses, any public place. And she never travels overseas without her sketch book.

Over a long and happy life, painting and drawing have been the comforting constant.

A loyal supporter of the Gosford Regional Gallery, Jocelyn's good age means she could sit back and rest, but that does not appeal at all.

In her senior years she wants to continue to support the gallery and endeavour to instil a love for drawing and painting in the Central Coast's young community. She is sponsor of the gallery's About Face art competition for young people.

"I have done a lot of life drawing and painting," she said. "But the old brigade of teachers is dying out. There is not the encouragement for the young people any more. Back in the 50s there was plenty of corporate encouragement for young talent. Not now. I want to help.

"I tell the young ones, right from the age of five or six, to observe first. I say 'have a look at mum or dad, see whether one ear is different (to the other) or the nose is longer. That's a start to drawing (portraits.)"

 

SUCH TALENT: Joceyln admiring the winning portraits for the Gosford Art Prize.
SUCH TALENT: Joceyln admiring the winning portraits for the Gosford Art Prize.

The About Face competition is just one of many Jocelyn sponsors in the region.

"I give a number of prizes for youth awards for drawing, on a smaller scale," she said. "Now I am in my senior years I want to encourage art and drawing. I am not interested in fame. In some little way I want to see that drawing survives. It needs a good patron. If there had not been patrons (in the past) Mozart and Beethoven would not have been what they are."

Jocelyn has regularly submitted her own artworks for the Gosford Art Prize and exhibited at the gallery with the Australian Watercolour Institute on many occasions.

In 2006 her major solo exhibition From Patonga, focused on the fishing industry of Patonga, documenting the unique setting and community spirit of this beautiful part of the Central Coast.

Over the years Jocelyn has given countless artist talks and demonstrations for the gallery.

 

Jocelyn congratulating Clare Welch, winner third prize in the 16-18years category
Jocelyn congratulating Clare Welch, winner third prize in the 16-18years category

Jocelyn is an important and much-valued member of the community and a significant local artist. She is guest lecturer, demonstrator, judge for art societies, universities, schools of art and Art Gallery of NSW. She is still a full-time artist/painter and co-director with fellow artist Robin Norling of the Patonga Bakehouse Gallery.

A generous backer of local artists, Jocelyn hangs their work at the Bakehouse Gallery, giving them a chance to show their talent. 

"It means an opportunity for people to have a go (at showing their work)," Jocelyn said.

"When I was a young art student, you had to go around cap in hand to galleries and say 'please will you show my work.' I believe that if you give people a chance, let them have a go, it all helps. I am not being a philanthropist. It is just there."

Any community is blessed to have advocates such as Jocelyn Maughan. Her neighbours, peers and friends appreciate her and her commitment to the Central Coast.

But Jocelyn feels it is she who benefits from being such an industrious member of her community.

"The community here is absolutely wonderful," she said. "As one gets older you need that."


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