conversing with the rich diversity of the Hunter has been conducting case studies on local artists. This is one way in which Octapod, through , can support the Hunter Region arts community. The case studies along with the artist’s profiles are loaded onto the culturehunter website and provide a honest and interesting insight into the lives and experiences of practicing artist. By showcasing our members we can start conversations and demonstrate the rich diversity of culture in our region.

Robyn Stanton Werkhoven and Magdalena Ball are two artist who have contributed to the case studies and you can find more perceptive case studies here:

CASE STUDY: Robyn Stanton Werkhoven

Briefly describe your art or work?

I commenced my art career as a Graphic Designer in Sydney in the 70s, attending Randwick College. I have been involved in Visual Arts for many years – from Performance Event Art, painting, sculpture, jewellery design, textiles and gallery management. My works are usually modern figurative, with the use vivid colour and strong line. Portraiture is a keen interest, with many celebrities and dignitaries in my portfolio. Since 2009 I have been an exhibiting member with Portrait Artists Australia.

CASE STUDY: Magdalena Ball

Briefly describe your art or work?

Writer. I write novels, poetry, nonfiction, reviews.

In what ways does living in a regional area contribute to your practice?

I’m inspired by the beauty of my natural environment – the Watagan ranges, the many birds whose songs fill my peripheral consciousness as I’m working, the greenery, the other fauna like roos, wombats, possums that I see at night, the fresh clean air, and of course, the Lake.