When ENT surgeon Dr Gillian Dunlop told her father she wanted to be an artist on finishing high school, he said get a ‘proper job’. As much as it distressed her at the time, she’s grateful now; she insists it’s important for women to achieve financial independence. It’s a topic Dr Dunlop will cover at this year’s RACS NSW Surgeon’s month at the Art Gallery of NSW. Her medical career never stopped her from pursuing a passion for art. Dr Dunlop is also a well known portrait artist, and has painted many prominent Australians, including Dame Quentin Bryce and Dame Marie Bashir.