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2019: Nan has gifted three artworks, one a ceramic floor jar, to her old school: Brisbane Girls' Grammar School for their heritage collection.

2018:  Nan continued making small ink and wash works, Barry his usual pastels and oils. He was asked to be Artist of the Month at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, and  it was a joint show. Our main news is the installation of a custom-made art storage cupboard under the terrace awning at home. So at last we have all our paintings available for anyone wanting to see anything, viewing by appointment. The RAS exhibition of Excellence : Nan won the Waterscape section with "Friars Rock and Fur Seals" in June, no luck this year in the Matthew Flinders Art Awards just after that. Most of Nan's largest work including abstracts was sold last year at a 3-month showing in Redcliffe Cultural Centre, this allowing us to accommodate the rest of our stock at home. Thanks to Moreton Bay Arts Council for this opportunity - and all those works now have new owners.

2017:  Latest news in July: Barry's painting "Upper Clarence River" won the Matthew Flinders Art Award 2017, against 250 entries. Worth $5000 this prize is a very good accolade to his prowess as an oil painter. Nan also was a winner of a Commended award. It is refreshing to see judges select a traditional landscape for the main prize in such a diverse exhibition which even includes 3D art. Nan resumed painting new large art with "Above Albatross Island" (a granite outcrop in Bass Strait which houses a large albatross colony - an aerial: see Dingle Landscapes page herein) and this won both the Waterscape section and the Overall First Prize of this year's RAS Exhibition of Excellence. This painting now in the collection of Megan James. Her Landscape section entry was "In the Mulga, Central Qld" which also won first prize in its section. The above meant that she qualified to be in the 2017 FIFTEEN ARTISTS EXHIBITION again this September/October. It will be her fourth time since 2008 participating in this show.  Barry also had his landscape selected and hung- "Railway Viaduct at Einasleigh, Nth Qld" He is also part of a Moretonbay Arts Council show in the Stagedoor Gallery this May, called "The Boys are back in Town". So this is an exciting year for our studio.

2016:  An easier year after the big effort of Under Southern Skies, so mainly small works were produced by Nan, and Barry continued as usual. Barry won a first prize in the RAS art exhibition with "Devonport from North Head", a labour of love on the subject of his childhood scene in New Zealand, this won lots of attention in the Redcliffe Art Gallery foyer. Barry also exhibited 7 works in his own Foyer Show at this gallery for the month of August. Nan began developing a series of smallarts - drawings in charcoal, inks, freeflow acrylics and wash, to sell with mats and backing(unframed) in the RAS gallery shop. We have been taking part in the Moretonbay Arts Council sponsored art/craft days called HANDMADE MEETS THE ARTS, with our own stall space inside the RAS teaching classroom. We have sold many cards, A5 artist prints and smallarts there, in October 2015, July 2016,  November 2016 and February 2017, while demonstrating our practice. Nan: two local firsts in the 2D category at inaugural Beachmere art festival and Shorncliffe Potters "Expressions" show; a low-key year generally.

2015: Early this year we joined in the Redcliffe Art Society's excitement and inaugural exhibition on moving into their new premises, the refurbished heritage building of the old 1948 Redcliffe Fire Station. July has come and gone with our joint exhibition in this new gallery showing our landscapes and called UNDER SOUTHERN SKIES. This title allowed us to present work derived from travels in most Australian states as well as New Zealand. See our landscape pages and enjoy with us the paintings and pastels we exhibited in this delightful new gallery space at 395 Oxley Avenue Redcliffe, from 1st to 19th July. This gallery is open from 10 to 3 Wed to Sunday. Closed Mon, Tues. You are welcome to come and visit the rolling shows here. For information ring 3284 0852. The Redcliffe Art Society's OLD FIRE STATION GALLERY also has a great gallery shop filled with art and craft by local artists.

 

2014: We settled into our new home in Scarborough and began painting again. After a March trip through outback NSW and Victoria to the Great Ocean Road and Broken Hill we had lots of new source material for our landscapes.
In the July's Redcliffe Art Society's Exhibition of Excellence Nan won the Overall First Prize, with the painting THE SOURCE. This determined that she would be included in the 2014 FIFTEEN ARTISTS Exhibition at the Redcliffe City Art Gallery from October through December.
This now gifted to Bne Girls Grammar School 2019.
 
For FIFTEEN ARTISTS  Nan painted three landscape works in the great challenge of a portrait-shaped space: "Scarborough Afterlight", "Deception Bay, Sunset with Clouds" and "Kata Tjuta in Evening Glow" (images are in Nan's landscape page) Each painting references the colour changes in sky and rock or sea as light leaves the sky. She observed that the conglomerates of The Olgas react in similar fashion to the laterites of Scarborough, ie they lose their signature bright reds, oranges and pinks of  full daylight as they deepen into purples and magentas, while the low tide on Deception Bay turns a steely pewter in the last sunlight rays between clouds. This is a new delight of our life now on the northern corner of the Redcliffe peninsula - the ever-changing skyscapes, the wonderful light, space and breeze. As always it is the repetitive elements of the landscape that call for careful portrayal - the spinifex and desert oaks patterning the central Australian landscape, the littering of small rocks at both local beaches.

 2013:   The sale of our house in 2013 and the move into Villa 511 at Ballycara, 37 Sunnyside Rd, Scarborough 4020 marked the end of our private GALLERY 22 as a lovely show-case for our paintings. We retain many of our paintings in storage and these are still available to purchase from our website. 

In June 2013 at the Redcliffe Art Society's Exhibition of Excellence in the Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Barry won first prize in the Waterscapes/seascapes section, with BINALONG BAY TASMANIA, and Nan won first in Landscape with ROCKFACE NEAR QUEENSTOWN TASMANIA. See these in our gallery pages.

Also in 2013, we both showed work in "Spirit of Australia", the Moreton Bay Arts Council show in Stagedoor Gallery, Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Jan/Feb, and Nan was the foyer artist of the month for February at Redcliffe City Art Gallery/Library with 13 of her Tasmania and Qld works there all month. 

2012 marked our exhibition in The Hub, a new gallery and part of the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery/Library complex. Called QUEENSLAND OUT BACK: TRAVELLING ARTISTS & RESIDENT CHILDREN,the exhibition featured our paintings from three winter forays into the west of the state. Our focus was the channel country, the central west round Longreach/Winton, and the gulf country across to Lawn Hill. We focussed on the wide expanses, the geology, the vegetation, but also the small man-made structures of historic interest that dot the landscape. Many of these outback Queensland paintings remain currently available from our website. Images on this page are: (above) the artists in our home gallery, (below left) "Dawn over the Drummond Range"  - Nan's (sold), and  Barry's "Ray Creek, Channel Country".

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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