When people look at art they often say "I could never do that" and they are right! The reason for this is, nobody can recreate a piece of art exactly the same.  The "art" is to learn to embrace your own ideas and make the piece your own. 


Our Painting Classes, on Brisbane's northside will teach you how to do each painting with step by step instructions and guidance. The end result however, will be your own vision coming to life.  Your effort and results will amaze you as you will see how unique your work really is.

Founded by married couple Rebecca and James, A Painters dream was born from a mission to create a safe and relaxing community space for anyone seeking to meet new people and to explore their artistic side.


Rebecca and James believe in the value of allowing people to sit in a environment that safely allows free expression and self-exploration.  And offers a range of classes and locations to do this in. A Painter's Dream is here to welcome you and to explore your inner artist.

Welcome to our family.
Meet The Team
Founder/ Artist
Rebecca De Vries

Painting has taught me to find calmness in the chaos of life. This sounds simple, but it was something that I found incredibly hard to do – be still, be quiet and be peaceful.


For over a decade I was unwell and struggled through some intense life challenges that pushed me to the point of feeling lost, not knowing who I was, feeling restless and constantly anxious.


I started searching for things that I felt connected with - things that felt like "me".  I booked myself in to do an art class and it immediately sparked something in me I felt I’d been missing and I loved it! I found that calm, happy, grounded feeling I’d been searching for!

Sharing painting with others is something that makes me truly happy. I love hearing people express the same feelings of calmness, relaxation and peace when they are part of my class.


Classes are designed for everyone.  I see whole families come together and couples sharing special time with each other. Having the opportunity to see people become enveloped in this relaxing process was the driving force behind starting "A Painters Dream". I found peace in all of life's chaos through painting and strive to share it’s therapeutic qualities with others.

Founder/Managing Director/ Counsellor
James De Vries

Rebecca introduced me to the painting experience when we went to a painting class as one of our first dates.


I didn’t know what to expect as I had never done painting before. To my surprise I loved it.  Sharing this painting experience with Rebecca, I laughed and smiled through the whole process.


Immediately after our art class first date,  I recognised the therapeutic value from the painting.


It allows people to sit and hold a space to process emotion, thought, and to relax. Painting holds immense cognitive strength.


We both wanted to bring this shared experience to others and provide a safe, friendly and productive space for self expression. 

My background as a registered counsellor also allows me to connect with people in our art and painting classes.  To allow them to overcome their self doubt or reservations and immerse themselves fully in the painting experience. 

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Amie Bourner

Artist and Class Facilitator

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Lana Siff

Class Assistant


Requel Tamati

Artist and Class Facilitator