Absolutely beyond DELIGHTED to be the recipient of this prize for 2021 with my artwork "Turquoise Glass and the Harlequin Blanket"
My Still Life was chosen by the Judges Ken Done, Kathrin Longhurst, Bronwyn Bancroft and last year’s winner Hubert Pareroultja from 6,542 entries – possibly an Australian record for entries in a major prize – and smashed Bluethumb’s previous record by over 4,000.
I'm still trying to get my head around it! what an honour!!
Very proud to release my first run of LIMITED EDITION PRINTS in Art to Arts latest catalogue
Printed to perfection by Arvy at Arvys Gallery Olinda, this is a limited run of 20 Giclee prints only.
Signed with a certificate of authenticity
You can view the catalogue HERE
I found this little Denby ware jug at an op shop (pre lockdown) and ever since then I have become quite interested in the beautiful organic shape of it.
I don't know what design it is called within the range but I may see if I can track it down and see what other items go with it. Its a joy to paint!
And of course my favourite gum tree - the Dollar Gum - offsets it beautifully.
I have called this one gum blossom based on the design I used in the background "fabric" in case you are wondering...
My earlier paintings were mostly worked with a glazing technique which involves thin layers over a period of days and weeks. I love the glow that this technique presents however I wanted to try painting with more thickness and texture to the paint so I have been staring to complete single sitting "Alla Prima" techniques.
I am painting from Life so this involves a single sitting before the flower wilts and changes form.
Its very enjoyable pushing the paint with the brush and plan on doing quite a few more of these!
My move to painting full time began in 2018. Before that I worked my own business selling Vintage and Antique pieces to collectors, interior designers and the TV and film industry. It was fascinating but in the end wasn't my real passion.
Now I work at the easel full time I don't need to look far for inspiration. My home is filled with favourite pieces that I have collected over the last 25 years.
So in this next series in which this painting is the first I have decided to really show case some gorgeous old items in paint....