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Dympna Marshall

Dympna had the enthusiasm and desire for art and design since her early years in school and pursued her passion by studying fine art at the Darlinghurst Art College in Sydney.

After college she travelled around Europe and later worked as a commercial artist in London. Upon returning home to Sydney she worked with USP Benson and later on as an Art Director at Spasm advertising. 

After being recognized for her interest in batik, she received a grant from NSW Government to return to Yogyakarta, in Central Java to advanced her studies in batik. During this period she travelled to Bali and started painting Balinese landscape. 

In early 1976 Dympna moved to Bali and lived there for 20 years where she continued her passion for painting watercolor landscapes. She also started her own airbrush garment business, pioneered hand-made recycled paper for stationaries and finally started her own sterling silver jewelry business. 

She lived in the middle of the rice fields in Ubud surrounded by a tropical garden with several lotus ponds and a large collection of orchids from around Indonesia.

Her orchids paintings become the inspirations for her airbrush designs on the clothing. These designs were complimented with sequins and beading.

Dympna's collection of party and evening wear were exported all over the world including Bloomingdales in New York.

In Ubud, she continued to explore other creative mediums and carved several lime stone statues for her tropical garden.

She started to design her unique jewelry for personal use and through encouragements from family and friends she started a sterling silver jewelry business with semi-precious stones.  She also designed limited gold jewelry sold exclusively at the Amandari Boutique and 4 Seasons hotel chains in Bali.  

In 1996 Dympna visited Perth for the first time to see her two boys who were studying at school and University and was instantly drawn to the Western Australian landscape. Soon after she moved and settled in Perth to be closer to her boys and started to market her jewelry in Western Australia.  

Since 2012 she has been travelling back to England every year for three months in summer to explore the countryside, visiting art galleries, museum, national trust properties and documenting her travels in watercolors.

Between work, raising her two boys and managing her own business, she continued to find time to pursue her love for drawing and painting.

Since 2010 she  has been a member of “Awash with colour” watercolour group in Mundaring.

Dympna now lives on five acres in Banjup, spending time with her grandchildren and paints watercolor and pen and wash.

Location: Banjup

Email: [email protected]

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