Our Staff

Our Management and Teaching staff

Management of Gallery 307 Art School is under the control of Co-owners Andrew and Mandy Rennie and Admin Assistant, Melissa Sage-Pickin.

Andrew Rennie retired in 2017 after a 56 year career in General Insurance and Risk Management. which took him from Adelaide to Melbourne, Boston USA, Papua New Guinea and Canberra before settling in Sydney. Andrew has overall responsibility for management of the business.

Amanda (Mandy) Rennie has a 20 year background in teaching art to pre-school, primary, and secondary school students including students with Special Needs. She is responsible for planning and co-ordinating all aspects of the teaching program and Gallery exhibitions in conjunction with Melissa. This includes developing and maintaining contact with Teachers, Tutors, active artists and potential exhibitors. Mandy also manages the curation and hanging of artworks on exhibition and teaches.

Melissa Sage-Pickin is the backbone of our Admin. team having been with NSVA and Gallery 307 for a number of years. Melissa’s abilities including managing all aspects of the administration of the business. Her skills in social media, marketing , liaising with parents, artists and teachers and providing valuable input to Mandy and Andrew in all aspects of the business are extremely well respected by all associated with the School and Gallery.

Our teaching staff are all artists/teachers/tutors who are qualified to teach in a variety of areas of the visual arts.
Current teachers and tutors include:

Mandy Rennie
Mandy graduated from the College of Fine Arts at UNSW with a degree in Art Education. She has taught art to children in Botswana and in schools and pre-schools around NSW including Special Needs children. Mandy is also a practising artist and has had several exhibitions of her work. Her recent works have featured themes such as the Great Barrier Reef and Bushfires.
Mandy works in pastels, watercolours, and acrylics. Her painting, drawing and jewellery, incorporate new media such as flywire, epoxy resins and digital art. She adds a new dimension to our comprehensive teaching practices.

Karen Atkins
Karen has been a professional artist and educator for over 20 years. She is an award-winning artist in Australia and the U.S.A and has had many successful solo exhibitions across Australia and the U.S.A. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Australia, U.S.A, U.K, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. She has had many public commissions for both painting and sculpture. She is a highly sought after tutor for both adult and children teaching both group and private tuition. Karen also has spskills in teaching Sstudents with Special Needs.

Kristen Morris
Kristen is a painter and art teacher, having completed studies at the University of Sydney, National Art School and graduating from COFA with a Master of Art in painting and drawing. She is an award winning artist, including the Northbridge Prize for works on paper (2012) and the Waverley Art Prize for Acrylics (2014).

Susan Davies
Susan’s art career began on a small island off Far North Queensland where the brilliant colour of the sun and landscape inspired the bold line, design and freedom of her paintings which are both abstract and objective. French Fauve painters have also inspired her with their energy and vibrant colour. Her works have been shown at city and regional exhibitions in Australia and hung in collections worldwide.

Sheila Posner
Since arriving in Sydney in 2008 Sheila has been showing her work at Mesh Gallery, Woollahra and at various exhibitions. Since 2011 Sheila has been an art instructor on Cunard & Azamara cruise ships and The Art Gallery of NSW. Her work is held in many collections in Australia, USA and UK.

Bernard de Vaux
Bernard is an Artist, Tutor and Writer and attended the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. He was born in the Caribbean and lives in the Blue Mountains. Bernard is a highly experienced pastel and oil painter who has taught art to both children and adults for many years. He is currently available for workshops in Still Life, Plein air and other art forms.

Matthew Hamra
Matt is an experienced educator and artist who studied in Adelaide and Canberra. His commissioned and other artworks are in private collections in UK and Australia. Focusing on the abstract and the body, his artworks explore media and themes around this and especially visual qualities. He has recently been selected by the Lane Cove Council for a public artwork associated with the Rosenthal Project.

Catherine Flynn
With a BA from Sydney University, an MA from the College of Fine Arts at UNSW and a Master of Teaching degree from ACU, Catherine is an extremely accomplished and qualified artist and teacher in all media forms including drawing, anatomy, painting, watercolour and photography. Her final body of work for her MA was awarded a High Distinction and was nominated for the Tim Olsen Prize. Catherine teaches in our School Holiday program, Junior Masterclasses and our Saturday morning program.

Lyndall McKee
Lyndall McKee has been painting in watercolour for many years. She also teaches illustration drawing and visual techniques in graphic design.

Cate James
Cate has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Printmaking and a Master of Design in Illustration, both from Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. She has been teaching art at all levels from kindergarten to university since 2009, specialising in print and illustration and has mentored adult artists.
Cate has illustrated close to 30 books and also developed designs for clients including the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
She has a passion for art in healthcare having completed a 3 year artist residency at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, and currently volunteers at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick where she has also exhibited her work.

Anna Barten
Anna is both an educator and a registered art therapist.
She has a Bachelor of Education from the UNSW and a Master of Art Therapy from Western Sydney University.
Anna’s art studies in Australia have provided her with both practical and theoretical grounding, and her teaching experience has extended beyond the classroom to also include museum education in Miami, USA. Anna’s initial practical training was across the areas of drawing, painting and photography. As an accomplished photographer, Anna photographed Australian Mercedes Fashion week and also worked as an editorial photographer and a Stills photographer for CBS TV (USA). She has had exhibitions both in Australia and the US and her photographic work has been both awarded (In Australia) and collected (in the US.) Currently, the focus of Anna’s personal work is reflective, digital illustration for children.

Kenneth Chu Kenneth came to Australia in 1995 before the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China. He grew up in an artistic family: his father is an artist, sculptor and toy designer and was a great influence since he was a child and his elder brother is also an artist.

In the 1980s, Japanese culture influenced Hong Kong in many ways from fashion, art and media to lifestyle; Kenneth’s childhood was surrounded by Japanese manga and animation which has profoundly impacted his style of creativity. It is not difficult to discover traces of Orientalism in some of his works.
Kenneth came to Sydney to study graphic design and graduated in 1997 with a Diploma of Graphic Design and Multimedia and decided to stay and work in Sydney.

With almost 20 years of experience living in culturally diverse Sydney, Kenneth sees himself as a storyteller, and he expresses this in his art.

Kenneth develops his paintings using various media that speak to himself and his audience.

Midor Furze
Award winning, Japanese-born contemporary artist Midori Furze has been teaching Origami in Sydney for many years at location such as The Art Gallery of NSW, Powerhouse Museum, Japan Foundation Sydney, Embassy of Japan Canberra, Gallery 307 Art School and more

Midori is a Sydney-based artist and active member of the local art community. Born in Japan, her early years were immersed in the traditions of Japanese culture, with many of her family members being masters of disciplines including calligraphy, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Noh dancing and traditional musical instruments, such as koto, shamisen & shakuhachi.

Over the years, Midori has been involved in numerous group and solo exhibitions, as well as running a variety of art projects for events and charities. Midori was awarded by the Consulate-general of Japan, Sydney as a part of the 40th anniversary for the Australia-Japan friendship Treaty in 2016. Midori often works with event management agencies to design and produce unique origami products.