How exciting and interesting it is to observe wildlife in their natural habitat! How special it is then to choose a magical moment from your memory and reference material as a subject to paint. It could be an image of Lorikeets noisily feeding on beautiful native plants, maybe a Pacific Black Duck family swiftly swimming in formation down the local creek, or watching with held breath, huge Grizzly Bears chasing fat salmon in a cold Canadian stream. I search for an image to paint which speaks to my heart of the beauty of nature and of life.
My artistic journey began long ago. Fossicking in quiet gravelled creeks and isolated outback places, I learnt to fashion the rocks collected by cutting, shaping and polishing them to enhance their beauty. When later I began to carve them, it was apparent that I would really benefit by learning to draw.
With the help of some great teachers, I began this wonderful, endless learning and creative endeavour. My carving tools were put to one side while pencils, the brush, form, light, colour, composition and so much more was investigated. Always nature, with its rich colours and vibrancy is my inspiration.
My goal is to find the true essence of a subject and, for a time become lost in the world I have created.
Art is an ever evolving experience. Recently my journey turned a circle to a familiar theme when I began to paint Australian flora and fauna on the finely banded, very ancient primordial rocks only found in the East Kimberly area of Western Australia. Two loves are now happily combined.
I am inspired by other artists. I enjoy immensely seeing Art exhibitions of wonderful still life paintings, landscapes, and pastels, full of light and beauty, by one of my favourite Australian artists, William Robinson. The great bird Artist, William T Cooper from North Queensland, is another much admired artist.
Art Galleries visited here in Australia and overseas are visual feasts.
I am an exhibiting member from 2001, of the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc.,
This is Queensland’s largest wildlife and nature Art Group of selected, fine art artists.
I believe that Wildlife Art is a powerful way to raise awareness about conservation and the fragile hold many species have on their survival in our world today.
I am also an exhibiting member of the Redcliffe Art Society Inc., at the heritage listed Old Fire Station, Oxley Ave., Redcliffe Qld., home of great artistic diversity. I was delighted to have my work selected to be included in their member’s “Exhibitions of Excellent” of 2015 and 2016.
My art and cards can be found in The Redcliffe Society Gallery Shop.
2001 Two of my Miniature paintings of Australian parrots were included in a Cultural Art Exhibition
which travelled through Germany.
In 2003 I completed a year study, an Advanced Course in Botanical Illustration at the Margaret Saul School of Botanical Art at Mt Coo-tha Botanical Gardens, Brisbane.
2004 I entered two miniature, Australian wildlife paintings, and sold one, at the
“World Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature,” at the Ripley Centre International Gallery,
Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. C.
Royal National Assoc. Brisbane Exhibition Awards:
2002 “Second Prize”, Open Class 2002 “Highly Commended” Marine/ Landscape
2006 “Highly Commended” Open Class
Qld. Wildlife Artists Society Inc. Awards
2003 “Best Pastel” and “Peoples’ Choice” at the Wildlife International Exhibition, Logan Gallery.
This Artwork was purchased by Count A. Faber-Castell for inclusion into his Art Collection.
2009 “Highly Commended”, Wildlife Art, Pine Rivers Regional Gallery, Strathpine
2013 “Highly Commended”, QWASI 30th Anniversary, A World of Wildlife, The Centre, Beaudesert
2015 “Peoples’ Choice”, Australia Wild Exhibition, at Mt Coo-tha Botanical Gardens. Brisbane