I am self-taught, having had no formal artist education, and not studying art at school or university. However, over the last ten years, I have attended many classes in Sydney and elsewhere.
I have been oil painting for around 25 years.
Since I retired, I have been able to devote more time by setting up my own studio. My subject matter is very varied but has included Australian landscapes including country scenes with animals. I particularly love painting horses. As my studio is situated on our farm, there are always plenty of opportunities at hand, including plein air.
I also get motivation from holiday photos, including landscapes; city scapes; seascapes, snowscapes with skiers, portraits, and wildlife. Recently, I have developed a technique to depict the texture of snow. I mix the oil paint with melted beeswax and use a palette knife to apply the paint. In this way the snow has shape and body.
I starting exhibiting in 2009 and have exhibited most years since then. Exhibitions include the Gresford Show; KAAF 2016 Exhibition; the Hunter Hill Art Exhibition, the Dungog Archies and the Dungog Art Exhibition 2022 & 2023.
November 2016 KAAF Exhibition Semi Finalist The Top Paddock
November 2020 Hunters Hill Art Exhibition 3rd prize Oft Pist
February 2022 Dungog Archies 2nd prize Portrait of my Husband
September 2022 Dungog Art Society Annual Exhibition 2nd prize Country Kitchen
September 2023 Dungog Art Society Annual Exhibition Section 2 Traditional Landscapes 1st Prize Our Farm at Chads Creek
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