Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling

Pauline is a visual artist, based in Ballarat. She creates intricate, whimsical drawings that blur the line between figurative & abstract art. Pauline is not afraid to work with bright, bold colour, & uses fineliner pens to distort everyday motifs. Her images both challenge & delight the viewer.

I have been marvelling at the intricacies & beauty of drawing & mark making since I was a young girl.

Growing up on my family farm, “Askeaton”, in the Wimmera, I was surrounded by the natural beauty of the Richardson River & the mighty gum trees lining the riverbanks. The power & beauty of nature fascinated me as a young girl, I felt a strong desire to express my feelings about this landscape from a young age.

Inside the family home, I marvelled at the beauty of the art nouveau, pressed metal ceilings & walls, following the line of a beautiful nouveau-inspired plant or decoration, mesmerised by this beautiful design element. I really believe that this design feature has become part of my DNA. The intricacy & beauty of the organic line is something that I explore in my art.

Pauline is a visual artist, based in Ballarat.
Expression through line & colour

Contact Details

Postal address: 14 Camp Street, Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Phone number: 0407 837 633
Email address:


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Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling Website
Ballarat Regional Arts Trail
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Membership of Organisations

LaTrobe University Alumni
Ballarat Arts Alive (BAA)
Art Gallery of Ballarat
National Gallery of Victoria
National Trust
Regional Arts Victoria (RAV)
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
The Loop
Arts Hub
Australian Art Gallery Guides Organization (AAGGO)
Ballarat Regional Arts Trail (BRATs)
Drawing Together