Monday, April 08, 2019

Art in April

I've been very forgetful lately - sending the wrong photos to gallery submissions, confusion over what paintings are available and in what gallery, forgetting to deliver paintings to a show. If I actually looked in my diary every other day - I would not have this problem.

I like to think of myself as organised - I keep a spreadsheet of paintings - where they are, where they've been, where they sold.  I try and keep a photo file of all works and have recently been getting work professionally digitised for future projects. A folder is currently updated with future exhibition and competition information.
But these things fall flat of course if I dont diligently check, update and look at the diary regularly!

There are a few things happening this month.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show 12 - 24 April is a highlight in my year - the inner child loves an agricultural show - and this one has a brilliant arts and crafts display. Preview night is always fun to catch up with other artist friends.

This year I will again be demonstrating my painting style at the Derivan Stand (Saturday 13 & 20 April) so if you are about come say hi.

"I Meditate Upon The Mountain Trail"
Acrylic on canvas 65 x 65cm

"Seeing/Being - 6 Hawkesbury Artists" is a show at my local gallery Purple Noon Gallery - it is showcasing six Hawkesbury Artists and opening on Thursday 18th April (viewing from the 13th)... and opened by the very excellent Dan Kyle. Featuring  Greg Hansell! ,Matilda Julian, Judy Brownlie, Julie Simmons, Russell Smith and myself.

Acrylic on Canvas 65 x 65cm

For a special Mother's Day Promotion I will be demonstrating painting flowers at Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre. To get a seat, I suggest you book (free) through their system.

And to keep you posted - I am once again honoured to be included in the next group exhibition at Rochfort Gallery, North Sydney
"Land Rhythms, Collection 11"
From the 8th May 2019

"Flow'ry Charms"
Acrylic on Canvas 95 x 95cm

There,  I remembered everything so far!

Enjoy the rest of April as will I.  🌸

Monday, February 04, 2019

Best of 2018 - Results are in!

Thankyou to those who took part in my poll where I was interested to know YOUR favourite works that I created in 2018.

Here they are  - in order of popularity:

"Hillside 32"





125 x 125cm
Available from
19 Karen Contemporary Artspace

"Chasing The Winter Sun"


"Where I Saw Pardalotes"

80 x 80cm
Available from Thom Gallery


95 x 95 cm
Available from Purple Noon Gallery


66 x 66 cm
Available from Rochfort Gallery

"I Meditate upon the Mountain Trail"


"Beyond The Blue Hills"


"The Afternoon Slipped Away"


Most interesting that they were all landscapes - many florals were painting in 2018 also, and popular with sales; but my love of local Hawkesbury landscape must show through.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Hanging Out With Creatives

Last weekend I had a very busy and enjoyable time visiting other artists in their shows/studios/social gatherings.

I dont usually get the chance to do this as I live a fair way away from most events and I work in the family business when Im not teaching or painting alone in the studio.

It reminded me how nice it is to spend time with creatives, theres usually a shared camaraderie and a touch of "madness" thrown in for good measure. 

There is also the fact that your presence is very much appreciated at events such as open exhibitions.

Some of the outings I was lucky to attend on the weekend
 Every artist-craftsperson needs a responsive   audience.

 And you can make and be with some very good   friends who can "speak your language".

This weekend, in NYC

Something that is happening this weekend that I cannot attend unfortunately, is the 
Surtex Annual Trade Show for the Surface Design Industry. 

I am represented by Australian agents Artshine and I am excited and hopeful that my paintings as surface design will pique some company's interest.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Starting the Year with a celebration of 2018

Every year I compile a page with most of the works I have created in the previous year. In 2018 thats over 744 completed paintings and prints.

This is usually the best way to see a large body of my work in one place - I also give and encourage the opportunity for you to choose your favourites.


I am sorry it may be a little small on a phone screen - I have yet to properly work out how to optimise for small devices correctly.

Thankyou in advance. I plan to put the results up in February.

In the meantime here is my first painting for 2019.

As yet untitled and still on the easel in case I decide it needs more work, it is of a local view in the Hawkesbury area I can walk to when I'm feeling fit. (About an hour and half round trip).

"Yet to be named"
Acrylic on Canvas, 92cm x 76cm