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Well, 2019 is almost done and dusted!
The close of 2019 has been so tragic for many, smoky and dusty for the rest of us.
Not a happy end. And sadly it looks like the holiday season will continue to be smoky, windy and dry.
But it will pass, and we are entering 2020 – the start of a brand spanking new decade!
Twenty twenty, it even sounds good. (Remember when it was two double oh one?
That sounded so awfully messy!). 
Here’s to 2020! A new beginning and the best year ever, for us all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 has been an amazing year for me – because I have had so many commissions.
Mostly local, but a few interstate and even a couple from overseas!
The thing about a commission is that sometimes it’s not what I usually paint, the location
is often quite different and I have to work to a specific size. A combination that can be sometimes
quite challenging, but the flipside is that it can force me to look at things in a different way –
which is a great way to explore new ideas and continue to develop as an artist. Excellent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thrilled as an exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) to be part
of this important exhibition – presented in the historic Carnegie Building, home to the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.
The exhibition coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 

Many of the 59 artworks reflect the history of the famous yacht race from humble beginnings in 1945 to the highly
sophisticated technology of today’s boats. Of course there is other marine art as well, so this is an exceptional show
and well worth a trip to Tassie. And all paintings are for sale.
The exhibition opened on 15 November and continues until March, when Hobart may be a little bit quieter!

Tribal Warrior:
170 yachts are competing this year’s Sydney Hobart including entries from Australia, Europe USA and Asia.
But the entry of particular interest to me in this race – is the first ever Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander crew
with Tribal Warrior, a Beneteau 47/7.
I have a painting in the ASMA exhibition called Blackwattle Bay, which features the ketch, Tribal Warrior.
My Tribal Warrior was originally a pearling lugger working the treacherous waters of Australia’s far north… and still working,
but today she is owned by The Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation and used to train Aboriginal youth to attain their
Master Class Maritime Certificates… so she’s gone ‘full circle’ as they say.
The Beneteau crew may well have started their sailing careers on my Tribal Warrior!
A very nice tribute to give the name to the Beneteau too. All the more reason to see this exhibition! Everyone is welcome.

Carnegie Gallery
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
16 Argyle Street Hobart
Exhibition dates: 15 November 2019 – 22 March 2020
9am-5pm daily (ex Christmas Day)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so pleased to be selected as a finalist this year with my tiny painting The Pilot’s Seat!

This is the 3rd time I have been selected (I have submitted 4 times) – but this is special for me
as I am now an exhibiting member of the Australian Marine Artists Society (ASMA).
The ANL Marine Art Prize is an international competition promoting maritime and seafaring subjects in art,
hosted at the beautiful Mission to Seafarers Building in Melbourne’s Docklands (a wonderful opportunity
to see or purchase traditional and contemporary works from artists that have submitted from all around
the world). Entries this year have come from Spain, NZ, USA, Germany and every state in Australia.

MtSF is one of Australia’s oldest charities dating back to 1857 – its roots are steeped in a tradition
of care for the wellbeing of the seafaring community. About 1.4 million seafarers around the world
are responsible for 95% of world trade and they rely on the Mission to Seafarers services and facilities
when their ships are in port. The Mission provides community and support for seafarers who live
and work in often dangerous and isolated conditions at sea, sometimes for months at a time.

Winners will be announced on the opening night of the exhibition
on Thursday 3 October at 6pm. 

Tickets for opening night can be purchased from the Mission
(the exhibition is by gold coin donation to Seafarers).

Mission to Seafarers (Victoria)
717 Flinders Street Docklands Melbourne
Exhibition dates: 4-20 October 2019
10am-8pm daily

I love busy Newcastle Harbour. It’s Australia’s oldest export port and one of the country’s
largest tonnage throughput ports. Freighters carry bulk cargoes of coal, grains, vegetable oils,
alumina, fertiliser and ore concentrates.
Newcastle, shared by ships freighters and recreational vessels, is a compulsory pilotage port
(about 80% of pilots embark and disembark by helicopter here). The ship pilots navigate marine vessels
into or out of harbours, sounds, straits, bays, rivers, or lakes, setting the ship’s course to avoid
hazardous conditions and boat traffic.
A huge responsibility – but looking at amazing sunrises and sunsets from high on the bridge,
interacting with the supporting tugboats, and swinging a huge structure smoothly into
a berth would be a very satisfying experience!

Navigating the Port 2019. Oil on birch panel, 15 x 27cm. Private commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May was a very busy month for me! Thank you to all the people who like my work enough
to commission a painting! It’s really an honour to be invited to create a work for someone’s home.
So now it’s June, and the commissions continue… as well as a new range of facade paintings.
And later in the year I will be getting back to the ocean/sailing (paintings that is!).
Stay tuned, details coming soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A highlight, and major annual event in Mansfield is the Easter Art Show
hosted by Richard A Watson Fine Art.  My work will be hanging along side a diverse collection
of more than 30 incredible well respected artists (including Kristine Ballard, Joanna Burgler,
Ji Chen, Kathy Ellem, David Frazer, Steve Harris, Craig Penny, and watercolorists Malcolm Beattie,
Herman Pekel, Joseph Zbukvic – and more) – in the picturesque country town at the foot of Mt Buller.
And it’s a great time for an Easter break in Victoria’s beautiful High Country!

Mansfield Easter Art Show
19-22 April,
9am-6pm
Masonic Hall, Highett St Mansfield, Victoria.
Preview: 18 April 6-8pm

There’s so much to see in & around the town – so stay for Easter!


About Mansfield – Mansfield is a gracious town of wide streets and historic buildings situated
on Fords Creekin a valley at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, surrounded by grazing land
and mountain forests, well-known for its stunning scenery.
The town centre has several historical buildings, dating back to its days as a stock route camp
in the 1940s and a gold mining service centre beginning in the 1850s. High Street and Highett Street
form tree-lined boulevards with gardens along their wide central strip as they meet in the town centre.
At their junction is a marble monument which was erected in 1880 as a tribute to a group
of constables killed by bushranger Ned Kelly.
Mansfield features a vibrant commercial centre which absolutely buzzes with fun and
entertainment for everyone over Easter. The Goulburn Valley wine region is also nearby, stretching
from Seymour in central Victoria right up to Echuca on the Murray River.

So come on down for Easter and stay a while for a great break, and some wonderful art!

Celebrating over 40 years – the Lindfield Art Show is a major event on Sydney’s
north shore and I’m so happy to be part of this show!
This will be the first time I have been invited to exhibit here, so I’m including
3 or 4 new paintings – so come by and see – it’s short & sweet so the best time would be
on the opening night! Hope to see you there.
Opening night & cocktail party Friday 15 March 7.30pm (ticketed)
The show continues on Saturday, free (and there is a fair for the kids) and finishes on Sunday at noon.

Lindfield Art Show –  March 15-17
Holy Family Catholic Primary School  / 2-4 Highfield Road Lindfield 2070 / 02 9416 7200

 

A brand new collection of facades & power poles are on show and available from The Moree Gallery.
I think (really) these are my best to date! They are all 33 x 33cm, oil, framed in fine solid natural timber.
There are a few new ones here as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you all for coming here and reading my posts – and for your
amazing support throughout the year, 
which has absolutely flown past!
And now it’s Christmas…
Wishing you safe and happy holidays full of fun, love and laughter
– and all the very best for the coming year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Balmain Art & Craft Show looked spectacular this year, it was a beautifully curated show!
This was the 5th time I have participated in this show, one of the biggest annual events on the Balmain peninsula.
Five times, hard to believe!  And even more amazing… in the last three art shows almost all of my work has sold!

Very happy! A big thank you to the sponsors, organisers and the many volunteers who ensure the show is a success,
so until next year…