I’m so very happy to announce that I have been accepted as an exhibiting member of  The Australian Society of Marine Artists,
and to be meeting (and rubbing shoulders with) an extremely fine and diverse group of artists.
Current members work in all mediums and styles – traditional & modern, realistic & abstract –
including lithographers and printmakers, marine historians, sculptors, model makers and scrimshaw artists.
Members are united in a love of expressing all aspects of the sea in art.
These are some of my marine paintings to date, but since I’m now a Society member there will be more to come.
So excited! And.. I can use some impressive letters after my name.

Vessels on the water have featured in art from the earliest times, but marine art only began
to become a distinct genre, with specialised artists, towards the end of the Middle Ages. Some of my favourite
marine artists (from hundreds!) include: JMW Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, Claude Monet, Childe Hassam,
Henry Scott Tuke, JS Sargent, and of course many Russian watercolourists and the Skagen Painters of Denmark,
where the light is ever so soft.











These 3 new paintings, all framed in beautiful natural solid timber, are included in the Silent Auction
at Balmain Public School – Saturday 15 September – 9am-1pm
It’s a good cause, raising funds for the school – and better still, there will be some great artwork on show
(from a few famous artists I’m told, not just me!). Events like this are great. Of course for the school,
but it’s also an opportunity to acquire a good, maybe even collectable, piece of art at an affordable price!

Successful bidders will be notified late on Saturday!
Balmain Public School
1 Eaton Street Balmain / 0400 490 482 / simpson_josie@hotmail.com




























Just a Square is an art exhibition of mixed media squares by a selected group of artists.
Each piece is a square. And small (under 30x30cm). There is no common theme so the work
is very diversified, which works well for me!  These little power poles are available in the show.
Come by Darling Mills Studio Gallery and take a peek at some great affordable art. And mine!
Everyone is welcome to the opening:  Saturday 18 August – 1-3pm.
Exhibition dates: 18 August – 18 September
Just a Smidge
16A Bowral Road Mittagong






A string of facade paintings have been snapped up by collectors from all over recently!
Very happy, thank you so much The Moree Gallery and the people who like to have my paintings on your walls.
It’s a great compliment to an artist (and what keeps us going!). I love painting the facade series so there will
be more later in the year, followed by some Country Town paintings. More about these will be posted here later!

So now, I’m back to concentrating on what’s left of White Bay Power Station. This huge mammoth left over
from the Industrial Age when “new” technologies and materials (like concrete) were considered cutting edge.
We are left with a decaying structure a bit like an abandoned locust shell – where the occupant upped and moved on.

























The Balmain Peninsula, a collection of local scenes featuring water around the peninsula.
The client was after iconic scenes of the area they knew as children.
My usual thing is looking up, but looking out and beyond makes a nice change!
One of these paintings is inspiration for a much larger work…so stay tuned…















This pair of Very Small Paintings were commissioned for people who have moved house.
My Very Small Paintings are very affordable and are a great way to keep memories, to give as gifts
or just as visual snippets of local themes. Also they can be hung side by side or one above the other.
Or not together. Anywhere. Email or call me to enquire.
I don’t take a deposit for the very small commissions but I do charge a little more than usual
as they are often more complex than my normal Very Small Paintings.
But then… if you don’t like the work you don’t have to pay for it!



I’m so excited that this collection of my facade paintings are now hung at the Sackville Hotel in Rozelle!
They look amazing on a deep charcoal wall in the front bar. All the paintings are of various locations
on the Balmain Peninsula, some obvious, some not so (I love to keep people guessing).
Thank you Sackville for the purchase and hanging them so beautifully in their new home!

As part of Art Month Sydney, over 100 inner west art studios and galleries open their doors
during this annual Art Trail. It’s a rare opportunity for the public to see inside working studios
and chat with the artists direct, and perhaps even purchase an affordable work of art.
The Art Trail stretches over 2 weekends in March. Included are many tours, workshops,
artists talks, and exhibition openings and most events are free. More info @innerwest_council

This work, Balmain to Barangaroo is from my Very Small Paintings series and sold during
the trail, along with quite a few others. Thank you all who dropped by my studio on Saturday,
your purchases and lovely compliments!

This year, my studio was only open for one day, so on Sunday I became “a tourist” and visited
a few studios myself. Something I actually never get to do! I love this community event as artists
meet and get feedback from the public, but also engage with other artists from all disciplines as well.
Looking forward to next year!

















The Stepping Stone House Regatta is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Royal Sydney
Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli.  
It’s a fun day for sailors with a competitive race followed by an evening
at the club to swapstories and enjoy a casual dinner and prize giving.

Stepping Stone House has been helping young people at risk, through no fault of their
own, to rebuild their lives, for over 29 years and RSYS has been a proud supporter since 2000.

My painting, On the Breeze, was inspired by images of various twilight regattas held by the RSYS.
It was auctioned at the post-regatta dinner this evening, and I’m very thrilled to say the result
was exceptional! Well done to all concerned, for a truly great outcome for this awesome cause.

Welcome 2018! I don’t like to speak too soon but this is shaping up to be a very good year.
This commission of local peninsula details has just been delivered, and another series
is under way (of iconic local views). Rooftops and power poles are in high demand as well
so there will be more of those coming very soon.