I started painting at an early age and mainly self-taught except for taking art externally at the Brisbane Art College, Gardens Point for years 10 and 12 of high school. Upon leaving school I studied and then practiced architecture for most of my adult life, but always wanted to return to art, so I began at various times studying art at the Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA) in 1986, 1988 and 1991 producing a series of works in acrylics and pastels. In 2006 I took up painting full time, taking numerous courses at the BIA between 2006 and 2010.
Since returning to painting in 2006, water has been the constant source of inspiration for me. My love for being on or near the water was probably initially sparked by my early childhood experience of being born in the harbour city of Genoa in Italy and then the 30-day long ocean voyage to Australia with my parents in 1954 when I was 3. But it was when I took up sailing in 1998 at the age of 47 that my passion for water really began. It was the only past-time that fully relaxed me and took my mind off the stresses of work. I would sit on the ‘rails’ and watch transfixed by the endless reflections of light off the water. It is this calming, reflective experience which I try to recreate for my viewers with my works on water.
I held my first small solo exhibition called ‘Reflecting on Water’ in June 2006 at the Nona Gallery at the BIA. “Breeze on Harbour Waters” was one of the paintings from this series. From 2007 to 2009 I produced my Manly Foreshore series which I exhibited in 2010 with a group of fellow artists from the BIA known as the “Friday 13 Group”, again at the Nona Gallery. “Dusk over Wellington Point” is a painting from this exhibition. After moving to Russell Island in September 2009, so I could moor my yacht “Prelude” in my beloved Canaipa Passage, I produced some of my finest and greatest bodies of work of this passage of water, now my back yard. I again exhibited this series with the Friday 13 Group of artists in 2012 at the now renamed Metcalf Gallery at the BIA. “Sundowners 2” is a painting from this exhibition where I attempted to produce a more abstract representation of the calming effect of the evening light over the waters of Canaipa Passage.
After my brief segue into Art Therapy between 2012 and 2015, I have now returned to my arts practice full time, resuming my moderate recognition at local art competitions and exhibitions:
· February 2017 – First Prize, Royal Queensland Art Society’s “Artist’s Choice exhibition”.
· August 2014 – Third Prize, RNA Brisbane Exhibition, Sea Scapes
· 2012 – Finalist, Queensland Regional Art Awards Touring Exhibition
· August 2011 – First Prize, Nundah Village Art Competition, Landscapes
· May 2009 – Finalist, The Churchie National Emerging Artists exhibition.