Painter Maryanne Coutts completed a PHD at the University of Ballarat in 1996 and has taught at Monash University, the Australian Catholic University and the National Art School, where she is currently Head of Drawing. Her thick, weighty gouache and watercolour works depict ambiguous, dark and often unsettling landscapes and anonymous figures. Coutts’ work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2007. Her work is held by several regional and tertiary collections.