October 2020

I’m very excited that my work Rarely Seen & Dangerous has been selected
as a finalist
in the Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Award of 2020.
This is the fourth time I have been selected in this award – so I’m feeling very lucky!
This year there were 200 entries, of which 107 were selected as finalists. As this exhibition stems from Victoria,
it’s solely an online exhibition, as was the presentation night. All went smoothly.

The winners were announced last night and I was Highly Commended for my work!

Thrilled for the second time – and a wonderful surprise for me, as I have never received one of these before!
This painting now has even more meaning in relation to the work that The Mission do, because I have since learned
that the sailor sitting in the Bosun’s Chair has been stuck at sea for 11 months, like many seafarers now languishing
in limbo due to Covid. They can’t crew change and it’s becoming something of a humanitarian crisis.
The good news is his ship sailed for Australia yesterday (award-night) and is swinging by the Philippines
to crew change, as they can’t fly out of anywhere.

The exhibition continues until 25 November.  See the exhibition here.

 

“Rarely seen & Dangerous” 2020. Oil on canvas. 91x71cm. When work was completed and the man was being lifted up by his crew members, the lifting rope suddenly parted. As he fell, his lifeline detached from the ship side railing and he disappeared into the water.
(Highly commended: MTSV Maritime Award 2020)
Available from Mission to Seafarers Victoria.

 

Seen today in the Mansion supplement of The Australian.
A piece of Balmain history!

The Convent of Immaculate Conception was designed by pioneer architect Edmund Blackett
in 1876. Considered to be the finest example of Gothic Revival in Sydney’s Inner West, it housed 30 borders and 10 nuns.
How different life must have been back then!

A couple of years ago, the owners commissioned this painting of 9 panels showing details of their
magnificent property and the surrounds. I’m so happy to see my work still prominently fixed to these walls!
But at the same time, I’m sad to say goodbye to the current owners. I’m so lucky to have a wonderful group
of supportive clients who keep returning to collect my work – it’s a huge compliment for an artist.
I feel very proud, and humbled.

 

This exciting show presents the best of Australian marine & maritime art
by members of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).

It’s the Annual (National) Exhibition showcasing paintings and sculpture, contemporary
to traditional and everything in between. I have two paintings featured in the exhibition.
The show opens on 9 October – but if you can’t get there – you can see the whole exhibition on facebook.
All works are for sale – and purchases can be made directly from the Royal Art Society Gallery.

Seas of Change
9-25 October 2020
Royal Art Society Gallery / 25-27 Walker Street North Sydney 2060
02 9955 5752 / lavender@royalart.com.au