Happy Beach Day
By Simona Milea
This is a happy day at the Fremantle Port beach. People enjoy talking, giggling, resting and soaking up the sun, others are flying high pulled by the wind under vibrant colored surfing kites, some little girls are collecting shells, kids are building sandcastles and everyone enjoy and feel on the top of the world.
73 x 60
Simona Milea was born in Romania and she studied painting, sculpture and technical drawing at the School of Fine Arts in Constanta. Simona completed an engineering degree in Bucharest, and worked as a surveyor for nine years. When the walls of communism fell, Simona travelled to the United States where while studying for Master and Doctoral degrees, she also illustrated children’s books. She returned to post-communist Romania. She became the co-founder and director of a charity which planned to move the needle-acquired HIV/AIDS children into group homes for a better life. In 1998 one of the charity’s sponsors from Australia became her husband. In Australia she did a Postgraduate Diploma of Science and Information Services at Edith Cowan University. This eventually led to her work with the WA Parliamentary Library. After a hiatus of 25 years, Simona encouraged by her colleagues started her painting again. In 2016 Simona was the first artist in Western Australia to have an open exhibition at the Parliament House. Ten of her watercolours hang permanently in the Parliament House. Simona exhibits her art in juried shows. In 2019 she won the prestigious Julie Michael Overall Winner Award and other awards in the following years.