New era for the awards

Gillian and Earle

After 15 years as Event Director of the prestigious d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards, 81-year-old  Mudgeeraba local, Earle Hinschen, approached Gillian Grove of Artable to take up the reins. 

Gillian is well known in art circles as being an innovator for art experiences. Her company Artable has been serving the arts community for over 10 years.

Gillian says she is delighted with Earle’s offer and has stepped into the role in 2020,  bringing with her a wealth of business experience and a passion for supporting the arts community. Combining her fresh new approach with Earle’s mentoring will ensure the event continues to grow as one of the nation’s  richest and most popular events for creatives. 

Gillian was born and bred on the Gold Coast, and her journey has led her to work with some of the best artists in the world delivering luxury art retreats and workshops both in Australia and overseas.

Artable’s success has been unrivalled in Australia and last year took out their third business award.

“For me, the Awards are a way to give back to the arts community that has given so much to me over the years.” Gillian says.

One of the most important aspects of ‘the Doyles’ is the local involvement. 

“I’ve been blown away at the level of commitment from the entire community – from sponsors, to volunteers, to the artists themselves. This is truly an event by the people for the people – an iconic Gold Coast cultural event that I will be proud to nurture and preserve into the future.”

Gillian is a big advocate for the arts being accessible to all members of the community. 

“I’m passionate about ensuring the arts thrive on the Gold Coast, that our amazing artists and beautiful region are promoted, that sponsors are valued for their support and that the community benefits from building on the success of the awards.”

Gillian, Earle and the new committee are encouraging artists to enter the 2020 prize and welcome new sponsors who may be keen to get involved.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email


Ryan White Artist

2019 Emerging Artist Winner – Ryan White

Ryan White was inspired to paint, like the vast majority of others, from the great Bob Ross. Upon going through some difficulties in high school, he turned to his half hour tutorials to help calm himself. After a few months, his mother had eventually convinced him to take up the brush and palette to put his subconsciously learned skill to use.

After months of churning out acrylic paintings (almost daily), he aspired to see his paintings not just around the home but on the walls of galleries. His mother was kind enough to give Ryan her old oil paints to help get started, and after 2 days he had created my first realistic oil painting of the mountain Ortler. Ryan had found something that he was pretty good at, and from then on he used some of the finest detail brushes available to create photorealistic mountains and landscapes stroke by stroke.

Ryan found it incredibly inspiring to view other artists’ work to try to understand how they’ve gone about their process and colours. He garnered inspiration from the likes of Michael and David Smith, as well as Andrew Orr, Samuel Earp, and too many others to reference here. These artists have motivated him to further his skill and branch out from the formula he had previously followed.

Since winning the Emerging Artist Award, Ryan sold a painting at 19Karen Gallery (who represent him). He has also completed several new paintings, some of which are hung at the gallery and others which he intends to enter into more award competitions. Just quietly, Ryan has also recently been approached by a rural gallery to exhibit his work there.

Over the last year, Ryan’s technique largely remains the same, although he believes he has become a slightly more efficient painter since last year.

As far as acclaim, he has won the Highly Commended Award at 2019 Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award in Brisbane and was a finalist in the 2019-20 Clayton Utz Art Prize.

Ryan White is definitely one to watch! Follow him on Instagram (@ryrythepaintingguy) or Facebook ( We are sure he will achieve great things in his artistic career.