It is is always an honor to be re-invited to teach at the annual Albany Summer School.
This year I returned for a third time to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of one of Australia’s longest running Summer School Events.
Once again my class was fully booked with a team of 12 talented and enthusiastic students – all at different levels of oil painting experience. Together we mastered the art of painting in oils and enjoyed a fun week of creative learning with lots of laughs and amazing results.
Thank you to my fabulous team of artistic students, some of whom have joined me each year and become friends during their artistic journeys.
Once again I was overwhelmed by everyone’s enthusiasm and very proud of your spectacular results.
My oil painting of a female Gang-gang Cockatoo called “Cherry Ripe” received an Award of Excellence at Australia’s preeminent bird art competition the Holmes Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art 2022.
Just to be chosen as one of the 35 competition finalist is a major achievement. To receive an Award of Excellence amongst Australia’s leading bird artists is a great honour and very validating.
“Cherry Ripe” took nearly 7 weeks to paint in oils. She was painted specifically as my entry in this competition.
I have to send a huge thank you to my photographer friend Perry Cho who graciously allowed use of his photo as a reference for my interpretation.
“Chick Pea” my painting of a smiling Carnaby Cockatoo is now the Currambine Primary School Emblem.
Thanks to Natalie Heartcliffe – Art Specialist at Currambine Primary School a print of my painting of “Chick Pea” will be the face that welcomes everyone to the school.
With my permission the print of “Chick Pea” has received a new name “ERIC” which is an acronym to help inspire Currambine Primary School students to use their Excellence, Respect, Integrity and Kindness.
Special thank you to photographer Mark Molinari for graciously providing the reference photo used as inspiration for this painting. Sadly Mark passed away 2022.
It is a great honour to announce my oil painting of a female Gang-gang Cockatoo called “Cherry Ripe” has been selected as one of 35 finalist artworks in one of Australia’s premiere bird art competitions – Holmes Art Prize for Excellence in Realistic Australian Birdlife 2022.
This painting was created to raise awareness of an iconic Australian cockatoo.
Gang -gang cockatoos are one of my favourite Australian birds, they are the animal emblem of the Australian Capital Territory and one of the more distinctive and charismatic members of Australia’s avifauna. This gorgeous female epitomises their sheet beauty.
I feel it is important to recognise the splendour of our Australian Birdlife and use my artworks to promote birdlife conservation. With each painting created I strive to capture the character and majesty of every subject.
Sadly these beautiful birds have recently been uplisted to the endangered species list.
Acknowledgement and huge thank you to photographer Perry Cho for graciously providing the reference photo used as inspiration for this oil painting.
Commission above was created for a client who requested a series of bird artworks – Birds specific to the Margaret River Region. Thank you to photographer Judy Walker for graciously allowing use of your Scarlet Robin image used as inspiration.
During a hugely successful 2021 Open Studios, I was commissioned to complete a number of commissions for bird loving clients.
All have been successfully completed now, and I have room in my schedule for new commissions.
Depending on size it can take several weeks to complete an artwork due to my preferred choice of medium being oils (renowned for slow drying). Each layer of oil paint needs to be touch dry in order to layer up the detail. Lots of zen moments for me and hopefully well worth the wait.
The normal process is for you to nominate the bird of your choice – give me a few hints about what you are looking for in a painting. I then review several reference photos, and together we select the base image. I then use my artistic license to create a special artwork just for you.
Commission below was created for a special client who’s cousin was the photographer Di Pridham. Thank you Di for allowing use of your image.
The conversion of our old rustic stables into my new artist studio is a dream come true! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would one day have my very own dedicated creative space (40 square meters) to splash paint, display my Birdlife artworks and share my oil painting techniques with like minded creative enthusiasts.
It has been an all consuming project under the supervision of our totally domesticated rescue Sheep (yes that is her name) who together with her Alpaca friends enthusiastically greet all guests to our property.
Gallery visitors are always welcome – just drop me a message so I can warm up the kettle.
“Marty” – Carnaby Cockatoo painted in oils was Sold and shipped to his new home in Italy on 26th September 2021. “Marty’s” new owner was so thrilled with her acquisition, telling me how excited she was to be receiving a painting that would brighten the dark time of living through Covid in Europe.
Both Marty’s new owner and I kept a close eye on his movements across the oceans to his new home. Touching base with one another when we both received confirmation he had arrived in Italy approximately 2 weeks after his departure from the shores of Australian. That was 14th October 2021.
With much anticipation we continued to track the whereabouts of “Marty”. Milan – December 4th 2021 is the last Tracking record of his location.
There has been no news since then.
Sadly all endevours to locate “Marty” have failed. We can only hope with fingers and toes crossed he will arrive at his new owners destination or be returned to his artistic creator.
It was an honor to have been invited to tech “Oil Painting Techniques” at the 60th anniversary of the Albany Summer School. The school – one the longest running Summer School programmes in Australia.
My class was fully booked
with a team of 12 talented and enthusiastic students – all at different levels
of oil painting experience. Together we mastered
the art of painting in oils and enjoyed a fun week of creative learning with
lots of laughs and amazing results.
Thank you to my fabulous
team of artistic students. I was
overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and very proud of your spectacular results. Congratulations.
I have been asked to
return for the 2021 Albany summer School and look forward to teaching not one,
but two courses in “Oil Painting Techniques”.