Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Laugh - Patinated Terra cotta on Jarrah Base
approx 45cm W
This is my winning piece - what a delight - after winning first prize overall last year I was chuffed to get First Prize in Freeform Ceramics as well as Second Prize in the Watercolour Section.

Lookout  - Watercolour on Arches 300gsm 70cm x 50cm
This is the work awarded second prize in the Watercolour Section of the Lions
Tea Tree Gully Exhibition 2014.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Oil & Water" - Solo Exhibition

This is my invitation to my second ever solo exhibition.
Everyone is invited. 

(Please click on the image for full view)

The exhibition features a number of my recent oils on canvas and watercolours on paper.

"Pig Tails" - 30cm x 30cm watercolour on Arches rough 300lb

Monday, March 24, 2014


I'm just thrilled to advise that "The Final Floe"
has taken out 1st Prize for Works on Paper in the
2014 Solar Art Prize at the Royal South Australian
Society of Arts.  

Coming on the heels of my 1st Prize
in the 2013 Solar Art Prize, Oil and Acrylic Section
I can only take it as an endorsement of my current
art direction.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Final Floe

The Final Floe - watercolour 600mm x 480mm Saunders 300gsm CP

The rapid decline of the arctic ice is bringing about a consequent disappearance of the polar habitat.
My symbolic representation could just as easily be an accurate depiction of the real world situation.

Standing in judgement

Standing in judgement - oil on canvas 900mm x 600mm

It is delightful to observe human nature.  While the speaker is delivering one message the spectators are all reacting differently; individually interpreting what they hear and expressing some of that in their body language.

This week in the studio.....

Just another week in the studio



White pointer shark

Some of this week's work - all watercolour and small.
BTW - if you like some of these find me on facebook and like them.


Monday, January 27, 2014


 Ballet at rest  -  Oil on canvas 100cm x 45cm

It' been sometime since my last post - I haven't stopped painting I'm just a bit tardy with the posting.

Painting children can be both inspirational and hard work.  This little group was both.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lost in Thought

Lost in Thought - watercolour approx 30cmH x 40cmW


Royal South Australian Society of Arts

I am both delighted and very proud to announce that my little
painting has been adjudged the winner of the inaugural
Gwenda Hackett Memorial Watercolour Prize.

The award is in memory of the late Gwenda Hackett, a long time 
Fellow of the Society, and was set up with a gift from her family.
It is to be awarded biannually for the best watercolour in the
RSASA Winter Exhibition.

This is a work that follows on from others I have produced, both in oils
and watercolours, honouring these lovely creatures.

A big thank you to all who have been involved in this exhibition and 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hobo Study - watercolour on Arches 300 rough  approx 30cmW x 25cmH


Sunday 25th August 10am - 4pm  $60

I will be conducting a watercolour portrait workshop at SAWS
Marchant Community Centre, 338 Gorge Rd Athelstone on
Sun 25 August from 10am to 4pm.

I will do one or two demonstration paintings as we explore the challenges that watercolour portraiture can bring.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Oil and Acrylic Section
4th Solar Art Prize
Caring for our Planet

Hanging on for dear life   Oil on canvas   40cm x 60cm

I am proud to announce that this little painting 
heralding the plight of the wild chimpanzee
was tonight awarded the 1st prize in the oil
and acrylic category of the 4th Solar Prize.
My sincere thanks go to curator/organiser Phillipa Fletcher,
her judges and her major sponsor
Natural Technology Systems. 
This competition is growing in stature each year
as it attracts more and more high calibre artists.

Monday, February 18, 2013


Exuberant - watercolour 31cm x 26cm medium 300gsm

It's difficult,at times, not to ascribe human emotions to animals.
This is one such example.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Six step watercolour portrait - 40cm x 30cm

In honour of the New SAWS website (link at top right by clicking logo) I thought I would show a step wise progression from pencil sketch to finished (almost still needs a signature) painting.

The SAWS website has been taking up much of my time but I'll be back to posting more frequent blogs from now on.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Running for joy

Running for joy - watercolour 76cm x 56cm on Arches 300 rough
Oh to be young again.  The exuberance of youth, to run for the sheer joy of running.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

NT Drover

NT Drover - oil on canvas  37cm x 25cm

Every now and then I find the need to do something a little different.  I don't think this gentleman is actually a drover but I'm pretty sure he's from the Northern Territory.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


The Mechanic - 53cm x 73cm, watercolour on Arches 300 rough

This painting is one of my entries to the 2012 Walkerville Rotary Art Show next week.


My thanks to all who took part in the Watercolour Portrait Workshop at Port Community Arts on Sunday last.
I hope that you all got as much pleasure out of it as I did did.   A mental comparison of your work with images I saw in one of my books on watercolour painting tells me that each and everyone of you did an exceptional job in the short time we had.

Port Community Art Exhibition

Thank you to the judges who awarded my work 'Resigned' (see previous blog) with the third prize. And thank you to the sponsor 'Art to Art'.

Gawler Art Prize 2012

I am pleased to announce that my painting 'Wintersun' (see previous blog) was accorded First Prize at the 6th Gawler art Award.  This marks the third time that my work has won this prize over the years and I am truly thankful.
My grateful thanks to the judges, the organisers and the Gawler Council, as sponors, for their selection and support.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Shark - watercolour on arches rough 300lb 52cm x 72cm

These animals are at the top of the food chain and all around the world their numbers are decreasing dramatically.
They do not contribute to the human food stock to any significant extent yet they are being calously hunted for their dorsal fins.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Resting in slips

Resting in slips  - oil on canvas  20cm x 36cm

Another small oil. 
To me a boat on land is like a fish out of water - t'aint natural.

This will be available in the soon upcoming
Blackwood Rotary Art Show.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Gawler Backyard

Gawler Backyard - oil on canvas 20cm x 40cm

I have resisted painting landscapes for some time now.  But seeing others paint
them with alacrity has spurred me on to try my hand. 

I have started small, just to get a feel for the genre.  I'll post a few more shortly.

Monday, May 21, 2012


  Embittered - watercolour on 140 Arches medium  A3 size

I've been a bit preoccupied lately with the establishment of
the South Australian Watercolour Society (SAWS) and I haven't
been able to paint as much as I'd like.

This study was honoured by receiving the People's Choice award
at the recent Port Adelaide Art Centre members' exhibition.

It's not me but it is how I sometimes feel.

If you'd like more information on SAWS please drop me a line.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Kapunda Workshop

What a wonderful day!   Thankyou to everyone who came along.
I deliberately set a difficult challenge and I think you all rose to meet it splendidly.
Just a shame the weather was so nice and we spent the day inside.
Adelaide had it's day in the sun too, with Black Caviar setting her world record.
Simply perfect.