For me, summer means the beach. Sparkling mornings, crystal clear water, a gentle salty breeze
and warm rock pools. Then there are those bright blues and greens of the water that you
only see in summer, just perfect. For January I have an exhibition of slightly larger beach paintings
in the window at 95 Beattie Street, Balmain. These little paintings are (20 x 20 cm) and are for sale.
Also worth a look:  I have a few larger beach paintings hanging in the Milk Factory Gallery
summer exhibition during January.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year, safe and happy holidays,
and a bright beginning
for a prosperous 2012

Balmain Art & Craft Show   I’m exhibiting two new White Bay Power Station paintings
in this year’s show. Now in its 16th year, the show has become a premier inner west
artistic and community event and brings together Australian and International artists
showcasing an extensive range of affordable and quality art from contemporary to traditional,
indigenous works to emerging artists to investment pieces. My paintings are entitled
Resignation and Patterns & Shadows (both pictured).
The Balmain Art & Craft Show, 5-6 November 2011
2 Eaton Street Balmain. Opening night:  4th November from 7.30pm
Exhibition times:  Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm

BAS Annual Art Exhibition
On the same weekend, and opening on the same night, is the BAS Annual Art Exhibition
at the Balmain Watch House nearby. I have included three coastal paintings for sale
in this exhibition, Walkabout (focusing on the spiritual connection between land and its people)
plus two seascapes.
The BAS Annual Art Exhibition, 5–6 November 2011
Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling Street Balmain. Opening night: 4th November from 6pm
Exhibition times: Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

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Sometimes images of urban abandonment appeal to us for reasons we can’t explain.
I’m creating a series of larger paintings based on my observations of a crumbling
structure I like, and that marks one of
our last connections with Sydney’s
industrial harbourscape.
Its original purpose has long expired but White Bay power station once marked the gateway
to Balmain’s bustling industrial waterfront. It’s physical presence ensured it became a landmark,
a quality it still retains. White Bay is one of inner Sydney’s oldest and most significant
industrial sites, often wrongly referred to as Balmain Power Station (which was located at Iron Cove)
now replaced by apartments. Bordered by traffic-choked Victoria Road to the West, and the defunct
Rozelle rail yards, and the ports of  White Bay shore to the East, this power station remains the last
of five that once serviced the energy needs of Sydney. Abandoned since 1983, White Bay power station
stands silent in decay, wearing rusting corrugated iron and red brick, broken windows and
tufts of grass, while it waits to see what the future will bring.

I have been selected as a finalist for The Prometheus Visual Arts Prize.
Aftermath (63 x 63 cm) looks at the landscape when it’s been traumatized
by the extremes of fire and flood. A major juried art prize,
The Prometheus Visual Arts Award began in 2003 with the aim of promoting
the visual arts as anessential vehicle for human expression.
The Prometheus Foundation May 28–June 1
Highfield Drive, Merrimac Q 4226

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I have some paintings hanging in the Milk Factory Gallery Summer Show.
The exhibition is a mix of works from the gallery stockroom and some new work
by new artists. It includes paintings, etchings, limited edition prints, photography,
sculpture and glass. The exhibition runs until the end of February.
The Milk Factory Gallery and Exhibition Space
31 Station Street Bowral NSW


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I have been invited to participate in a group exhibition, Art by the Sea,
on the central coast. The exhibition includes various artworks by 20 local
and visiting artists. As a visiting artist I will show four new paintings.
So, if you are up that way, come and take a look.
Killcare Surf Life Saving Club, 81 Beach Drive Killcare, NSW
3–10 January 2011

I wish you all a happy and safe festive season and I look forward
to bringing you more art (and news) next year!

My painting Beach Cricket was sold this morning. Exciting news for me!

It’s really a compliment to know someone likes my work enough to display it on their wall.
This was the main reference image for the painting, taken on a holiday last September.
It was a great beach, big and open and late in the day it was so tranquil after the crowds
were gone and the late afternoon light gave me some lovely images. I needed more sand
space for the game though, so I spun things around as if I was standing more on the
waterline looking back (something drawing has over photography!).
Actually being somewhere, sketching, taking pictures and taking in the place where you
are makes a great start to re-creating the sense of atmosphere in a final work, as well
as having a good time!  The Cricket Art Prize exhibition continues at the SCG
until it goes to Queensland in November.

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No, I didn’t win!
But I do feel privileged to be included in this (almost 5 month!) touring exhibition,
which attracts some international attention,and that the judges selected my work
over almost 200 others. For an artist (me, anyway) to be selected as a finalist in a major
exhibition is enormously invigorating, and a perfect repellent for any nasty “painter’s block”.
Opening night was a lot of fun. It’s fascinating to see how vastly different the approaches
to one subject can be. I thought all the paintings were great, so it must have been a
difficult decision for the judges (demonstrated perhaps by two highly commends this time!).
There was a lot of interest in my painting as well, so I’m happy. Also the four final poems
from the Cricket Poetry Award were read, which added an extra dimension to the exhibition,
the object of which was to bring people of all backgrounds together through cricket
and the arts. So then, maybe next year…

The exhibition is open to the public each day from 10am-5pm
until Sunday 31 October 2010,
Member’s Pavilion, The Sydney Cricket Ground
(Driver Avenue, Moore Park).

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I have been been selected as a finalist in the Publishers Cup Cricket Art Prize
with my painting “Beach Cricket”.
Artists from all test playing nations were invited to submit a painting or composition
that depicts life in and around the game and sport of cricket, in settings of various forms
of social or local club cricket. Around 200 works of art were submitted.
The 40 finalists paintings will be hung at the Members Pavilion, Sydney Cricket Ground
from 7 Oct – 1 November. The exhibition then goes on to Queensland and Melbourne,
finally finishing at the Bradman Museum, Bowral NSW in March 2011.
The organizers say… “Our history and sense of identity are linked to cricket and our
social interactions are often complimented with some form of the game, at the beach,
in the park, in the backyard or on the cricket field. The arts reflect the emotions,
beliefs and prejudices that influence the way we think, behave and feel and cricket
in all its forms, has inspired artists & writers – past and present, most of which
romanticise, celebrate and pay tribute to the game. Painters and Poets from test playing
nations were invited to submit a painting or composition that depicts life in and around
the game in casual or social settings. Cricket and the arts bring people of all backgrounds,
socio-economic levels and nationalities together.”
Winners will be announced on the evening of October 7.