A selection of works by Exhibiting Members of the Society. Click on an image to start the slideshow.

Martin Campbell

Exhibiting member (NSW)
www.martincampbell.com.au

Mediums:  Oil, watercolour, acrylic
Subjects: Marine, Industrial, Landscape

Martin’s bio and contact details

Martin CampbellMartin Campbell is a Sydney based artist who works in oil. After studying traditional oil painting for many years he now paints in a more contemporary style. His main focus is the industrial landscape of the working harbour. Much of his work is sourced from the area surrounding his studio (One + 2 Studios) in Balmain or on trips to the Hobart waterfront.

In 2012, Martin won the ANL Mission to Seafarers Art Prize. In previous years, he has been selected as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize and the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Sydney Heritage Fleet shipyard.

Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW and an Exhibiting Member with the Australian Society of Marine Artists. He also enjoys the occasional landscape painting trip as a member of the Australian Plein-Air Artists Group.

Martin’s inspiration

“What excites me about industrial subjects is the intriguing texture and vibrant colour which you might not notice at first glance. My aim is to reveal the hidden beauty of these contrasts. I like to work with oil paint to create layers of textured colour and isolate objects from their surroundings for a strong composition.”

Contact details

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John Cornwell

Exhibiting member (NSW)
www.johncornwell.com.au

Mediums: Oil, sculpture
Subjects: Historic sailing ships, maritime history, yachting on Sydney harbour, working horses, Australiana.

John’s bio and contact details

John CornwellFrom his early childhood, the creation of ‘art-work’ was John’s passion; growing up in the 1930s on the shores of Sydney Harbour, he was surrounded by maritime activity and he became very knowledgeable about marine matters. Much of his leisure time was spent over the years sailing in a variety of craft.

He had the good fortune to have three years full time tuition at the National Art School on a scholarship. After trying several occupations on the land – which he loved – it was the lure of art that drew him back to the city where he had a screen-printing and design business for eighteen years. He travelled widely, and visited the great galleries as well as numerous marine museums, then at the age of forty, he risked his own and his family’s future and took up painting as a full time career.

Although very much influenced by the Old Masters, and the French and Australian Impressionists, he developed his own style of representational painting and sculpture, recording not only the beauties of nature that surround him, but as a descendant of early Australian settlers, he also illustrates the toil and pleasures of life on the land and sea and he has become very well-known for his paintings of working horses.

John loves sculpture and one of his best-known works is “Trim”, the cat who travelled with Matthew Flinders on the journey to chart the Australian coastline. The bronze casting stands on the outside windowsill of the NSW State Library, opposite his master’s statue in the forecourt.

In the year 2000 John was invited to represent the continent of Australia at the Muscat Festival in Oman, in the Global Art Exhibition.

Contact details

See www.johncornwell.com.au

Paul Garling

Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Oil, pencil, pen & ink
Subjects: Predominantly yachts and sailing ships, also seascapes and landscapes.

Paul’s bio and contact details

Paul GarlingPaul was born in Walgett, NSW in 1975. Although he lived in Narrabri, holidays on the coast instilled a deep reverence for the sea and boats. The family always kept a boat, firstly a small runabout and later a larger boat when every weekend was spent at their holiday cabin at Lake Burrendong, near Wellington. At this stage Paul was already obsessively making models of his favourite vessels and drawing anything from battleships to racing powerboats.

After finishing school Paul became heavily involved in the health and fitness industry, and went on to become a world champion bodybuilder. However, drawing and the fascination with boats never ceased and while living in Sydney he spent every spare moment drawing the working boats, yachts and general harbour activity.

Commissions for his works soon filled his time and he was twice a finalist in the $25,000 Mortimore Prize. Paul has held three, two-person exhibitions and currently conducts workshops in oil painting. In his spare time Paul enjoys sailing his own small boat and rates sailing on ‘James Craig’ as a true highlight of his maritime experiences.

Paul says “It’s almost a cliché for painters to say they try to capture the mood, light, feeling and so on in their work, but I do. As a marine artist I must be technically accurate, so that wind direction, sea conditions, vessel construction – and maybe a study of the vessel’s plans – all play an important part when considering the work. A sound knowledge of the subject and strong imagination combine and this then creates the mood in the picture. My passion for all things nautical goes beyond the visual or emotive response. It’s one of those unexplainable things; maybe it’s in the genes”.

(Paul’s great forebear, well-known marine artist Frederick Garling, is noted for painting every ship to enter Sydney Harbour between 1825-1870.)

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Trevor Goodwin

Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Oil
Subjects: Marine art and landscapes, ships

Trevor’s bio and contact details

Trevor GoodwinTrevor Goodwin was born in Kempsey, NSW in 1941. He won prizes for his artwork from an early age and became interested in painting marine-style art from watching the fishing trawlers coming and going at South West Rocks, NSW.

The inspiration to paint naval ships came from the time his older brothers joined the Royal Australian Navy; he painted the ships on which they served, and went on to paint all forms of marine art.

Trevor travelled to England as a young man where he displayed his artwork at numerous art shows. On returning to Australia he graduated at Jameson’s Art school on the Central Coast of NSW and began to exhibit his artwork in local galleries.

After Trevor and his wife relocated to Port Douglas in Queensland, he was asked to design silk-screen prints for clothing and tropical beachwear for “Wrappez” Fashion Design, as well as uniforms for Quicksilver reef tours. Trevor was also commissioned to do large wall murals inside the Cow Bay Hotel Motel, Daintree, as well as murals for the All Seasons Village Resort in Cairns.

His paintings of the early pioneering ships which plied their trade to the tropical north coast of Australia were exhibited successfully in galleries and art shows in the Cairns area.

Trevor is now currently living and exhibiting his artwork in art galleries and art exhibitions in the Gold Coast and Northern NSW areas.

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Marijke Greenway

Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Oil, watercolour and acrylic
Subjects: ‘Plein air’ seascapes, landscapes, trees, flowers, birds and portraits

Marijke’s bio and contact details

Marijke-GreenwayMarijke Greenway is an artist with three nationalities that have made up her life experiences – born in Holland, then emigrating with her parents to South Africa and eventually choosing to live in Australia with husband and 3 children during 1988.

Her early art studies took place in South Africa, but it was in Australia that she became most prolific in her output and variety of subject matter and became equally at home with oils, watercolours and acrylics.

Marijke has accumulated an impressive list of awards and commendations for her work and she has been widely exhibited, both in group and solo exhibitions.

She has been published with major contributions to art magazines and is also a member of the Royal Art Society and the Central Coast Art Society. She is a popular watercolour teacher and has tutored regularly for 12 years.

Plein air painting is what she does best – ninety five per cent of her work is painted on site – her favourite subject at present being trees. She finds immense satisfaction in capturing the sense of “being there” – of distilling the essence of nature and recording all the permutations of colour seen and felt.

Marijke opens her Studio/Gallery at her home in Pearl Beach most Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.

Contact details
www.marijkegreenway.com

Bruce Harkness

Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Acrylic, oil pastels, coloured pencils
Subjects: The calm bays of Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Sydney Harbour, and country landscapes.

Bruce’s bio and contact details

Bruce HarknessPittwater artist, Bruce Harkness, was born in New York to Australian parents and spent his childhood years in California, where he was encouraged to develop his colourful and imaginative drawings. Bruce’s family later relocated to Sydney, where he completed high school and dabbled in architecture, before discovering the creative freedom of the advertising industry.

He went on to have a successful career as an advertising agency copywriter and art director in Australia and abroad, and later as a freelance creative consultant and graphic designer.

These pursuits allowed Bruce to hone his visualising skills, by presenting his ideas and designs in highly rendered pen and Pantone colour markers – a lost art now, in the digital age. Despite his professional accomplishments, Bruce still nurtured the idea of one day becoming – purely and simply – an artist.

Basically self-taught, Bruce pursued his interest in art by attending evening courses in oil painting and life drawing at East Sydney Technical College (now The National Art School), and evening classes at The Royal Art Society, where he painted still life in acrylic. He also attended day classes for three years under the tutelage of artist Sarah Aylward, which gave him a greater belief in his creative potential.

He works in the privacy of his home studio, mostly in acrylics on canvas, and sometimes with oil pastels over acrylics on textured watercolour paper. His paintings of actual and imagined locations have been described as idealistic, even surreal, and he is noted for his refined sense of light, colour and composition and draughtsmanship.

“What I want to make distinctive is an engaging feeling of peace and quiet mystique,” he explains.

Since 1998, Bruce has exhibited regularly, establishing himself in private collections, here as well as the US and the UK, and winning high commendations along the way. Bruce has exhibited and sold works at numerous galleries throughout NSW. He is also a member of The Royal Art Society, The Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society and The Mosman Art Society.

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Brian Harris

Exhibiting member (Qld)
www.brianharris.i8.com

Mediums: Watercolour and mixed media
Subjects: Marine scenes, especially atmospheric scenes at harbours and dockyards; also horses and equine scenes

Brian’s bio and contact details

Brian HarrisBrian studied architecture in England, which is where he honed his drawing skills – and it was through this work that he came to live in Australia. In 1966 he came to work for the Commonwealth Department of Works, and liked Australia so much that after the initial three-year contract finished he joined Ampol Petroleum as their Construction superintendent.

Working mainly in watercolours, Brian combines his versatile and imaginative style with realism and a touch of mysticism. He lives and works on the Queensland Gold Coast and the maritime and built environment of the coastal towns and fishing hamlets of the coast – together with his love of nature – greatly influence his paintings.

He says “With my painting, I aim for strong contrasts of tone and colour to give the viewer the feeling or mood that lies behind the outward form of the subject”.

Brian has exhibited in galleries throughout Australia and held twenty-four solo exhibitions; with many awards to his credit, his work is held in business, corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Contact details
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Leonora Howlett

Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Oil, watercolour, ink and wash
Subjects: Leonora paints Sydney Harbour scenes, waterside life – the quiet bays and panoramas, the boatyards, ferries, lighthouses, rocks and sea.

Leonora’s bio and contact details

Leonora HowlettAfter being awarded a scholarship to the National Art School, Leonora graduated with a Diploma of Painting in 1960. At that time art students studied the traditional forms of pictorial expression including portraiture, life, still life, tempera painting, composition, design, and sculpture – all with an emphasis on drawing. Towards the end of the course students were introduced to abstract painting with John Olsen.

After graduating she was employed as a secondary school art teacher for five years before leaving for a prolonged period of travel overseas. Upon her return to Australia, she worked as the Information Officer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in 1980, she and her partner launched a very successful stained glass business whose commissions have included windows for St Francis in Paddington and Sydney Grammar.

Since graduating from art school, Leonora has exhibited her work regularly in Australian private and Regional galleries (12 solo exhibitions); overseas in India, U.S.A, Hungary, Korea, and her work is held in numerous public and private collections including the National Archives Canberra. Her commissioned designs include the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Australian postage stamp for International Womens Year (1975). Her life and work have been reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald , Art Monthly and Kalimat Literary Magazine.

Although Leonora has been mainly an abstract painter her lifelong interest in all things of the sea side and the interaction of sea and land life activities make belonging to ASMA a natural extension of her painting. She is also a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and the Australian Society of Miniature Art.

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Eric McGraffin

Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Oil
Subjects: Ships and boats of all descriptions, Australian and British landscapes, Clydesdales and other working horses.

Eric’s bio and contact details

Eric McGraffinEric was born in Cumbria, England on the shores of the Solway Firth where all four seasons can arrive in one day. With ships, boats and the sea on one side and the fells and the Lake District on the other, he had ample inspiration for his urge to draw.

After leaving school he served five years as an apprentice draughtsman and progressed from pencil to pen and wash to oils in his art. In search of the sun, Eric spent four years at sea with P & O as a Marine Engineer and travelled the world on cargo and passenger ships. His travels have allowed him to see ships from the last remnants of working sail to the ultra-modern ships of today as well as the sea in all her moods.

Emphasis on accuracy and detail is evident in Eric’s individual style of painting. His passion is for ships and the sea and his work has attracted commissions from shipping companies, the navy and various private collectors. He was commissioned to paint all eleven ships of the First Fleet during Australia’s Bicentenary year in 1988. His period paintings of harbour scenes are portrayed as accurately as possible with references taken from a large library which Eric has collected over many years. Although his special interest is in all things maritime, his subjects are not totally confined to ships and the sea. His landscapes have found homes in several countries, the sun-drenched Australian landscapes contrasting with the softer English landscapes.

Finally finding the sun, Eric emigrated to Australia in 1973. He is married, with three children and lives in Sydney.

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John N Pearson

Exhibiting member (Qld)
www.johnnpearson.com

Mediums: Oil
Subjects: Many of John's paintings use yachts and marine themes to create a mood of peace and tranquility. He also paints ‘action’ yacht races.

John’s bio and contact details

John N PearsonArmed only with a paintbrush and canvas, Australian marine artist John N. Pearson is quietly going about his mission: to reflect a sense of peace and tranquility into our lives, through his beautiful artwork.

Born in Sydney in 1959, John has been oil painting, sailing and boating for much of his life. Using his knowledge of the themes of water, boats and beaches in his marine paintings, he is not only able to create stunning visual works of art, but also a mood of calm and tranquility, enabling the viewer to relax and recharge after a hectic day.

John lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, with his wife Karen and their five children. While he is now a full-time professional Artist, he has an interesting career background. Following completion of a Physics degree, John worked as a physicist for an airborne surveying company. He was also part of the team to develop Australia’s third Nuclear Accelerator for CSIRO in Sydney. During a 15 year high school teaching career, he was Head of both Mathematics and Science Departments, in a variety of country schools in NSW and Qld.

Thankfully, the changing lifestyle did not hinder the creativity, and John, a mostly self-taught artist, continued painting and exhibiting for much of his adult life. Regularly showing at various Australian Art Exhibitions, he has a growing list of awards, his favourite being “People’s Choice” awards. John and his artwork have been featured on television, and in various newspaper and lifestyle magazines. He is a member of the International Society of Marine Painters, and the Australian Society of Marine Artists, where his work is admired at National exhibitions. John’s tranquil paintings are collected by private and corporate clients from around the world, and sold in select galleries across Australia and overseas.

Contact details
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Jeff Rigby

Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Acrylic, charcoal, gouache, oil
Subjects: Landscapes, cityscapes, archtecture, harbour and marine

Jeff’s bio and contact details

Jeff RigbyArmed only with a paintbrush and canvas, Australian marine artist John N. Pearson is quietly going about his mission: to reflect a sense of peace and tranquility into our lives, through his beautiful artwork.

Born in Sydney in 1959, John has been oil painting, sailing and boating for much of his life. Using his knowledge of the themes of water, boats and beaches in his marine paintings, he is not only able to create stunning visual works of art, but also a mood of calm and tranquility, enabling the viewer to relax and recharge after a hectic day.

John lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, with his wife Karen and their five children. While he is now a full-time professional Artist, he has an interesting career background. Following completion of a Physics degree, John worked as a physicist for an airborne surveying company. He was also part of the team to develop Australia’s third Nuclear Accelerator for CSIRO in Sydney. During a 15 year high school teaching career, he was Head of both Mathematics and Science Departments, in a variety of country schools in NSW and Qld.

Thankfully, the changing lifestyle did not hinder the creativity, and John, a mostly self-taught artist, continued painting and exhibiting for much of his adult life. Regularly showing at various Australian Art Exhibitions, he has a growing list of awards, his favourite being “People’s Choice” awards. John and his artwork have been featured on television, and in various newspaper and lifestyle magazines. He is a member of the International Society of Marine Painters, and the Australian Society of Marine Artists, where his work is admired at National exhibitions. John’s tranquil paintings are collected by private and corporate clients from around the world, and sold in select galleries across Australia and overseas.

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Ron Scobie

Exhibiting Member (NSW)
www.ronscobie-marineartist.com

Mediums: Oil and watercolour
Subjects: Tall ships with their clouds of canvas; power boat and yacht portraits; warships and battle scenes; fishing  boats and tugs; larger commercial craft; cruise ships; historical nautical scenes; ships that brought our ancestors to Australia.

Ron’s bio and contact details

Ron ScobieA passion for boats in all their multitude of variety has always been a major part of Ron’s life.  Like Ratty in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows he has never been happier than when simply messing about in boats!

  • Over the years he has built boats, skippered boats, drawn and painted boats.  As a boy his school books were ornamented with sketches of Viking ships.  It wasn’t until 1983 that Ron had time to begin seriously painting ships.  His paintings are now in private collections from Tasmania to Cairns, in the United States of America, New Zealand and Denmark.  Two serving Australian warships were both subjects and recipients of special commemorative paintings.  His subjects vary widely and include –
  • The ever popular tall ship with its cloud of canvas
  • Contemporary power boat or yacht portraits for proud owners
  • Portraits of warships or battle scenes to commemorate a relative’s naval service
  • Fishing boats, tugs or larger commercial craft for corporate use
  • Cruise ships for passenger memories
  • Nautical scenes, river or sea ports from old photographs
  • For the genealogist – the ship or ships that brought our ancestors to this shore.

Ron is a member of the Southern Cross Art Group and is an Exhibiting Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.  He continues to read, collect information, photographs and pictures, belongs to several maritime museums and now in retirement he and his wife have travelled the world visiting museums, restored ships, and researching subjects for later paintings.

Ron was born in Sydney, Australia as the world began to edge ever closer towards World War Two. His home was filled with talk of ships and shipping. The dining table was often covered in ships' manifests as his father, Tally Clerk with the shipping company Burns Philp, struggled to organise the cargo arrangements of the many ships competing for commerce. Ron's keen interest in the maritime world was further kindled at an early age when his father took him to visit many of the ships visiting Sydney Harbour. The most memorable of those visits was to the German 4-masted barque Pamir, as well as the popular and beautiful merchant fleet of Burns Philp ships which traded across the Pacific Ocean. Over the years Ron's work, sport, interest and hobbies have all added a vast store of knowledge and experience to those early recollections.

Although Ron had always sketched and doodled, he began seriously painting ships and other maritime subjects in 1983. Painting mainly in oils, Ron sometimes uses water colour, line and wash, or ink drawing as the subject warrants.

Each painting is meticulously researched to ensure that details are correct for both the ship and its setting. Ron has an extensive database of ships where he can research their years of launch and disposal, changes of name, changes of owner, colour and rigging. His personal research library extends to cover his deep interest in Australia's working tug boats, and the many and varied flags and pennants that have been in use over the centuries.

Ron is a member of the Southern Cross Art Group and is an Exhibiting Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists. He continues to read, collect information, photographs and pictures, belongs to several maritime museums and now in retirement Ron and his wife Helen have travelled the world visiting museums, restored ships and collecting information for later use.

Contact details
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Janette Sindel-Hand

Exhibiting Member (NSW)

Mediums: Watercolour
Subjects: Waterscenes and boat crews, with a special emphasis on sailing scenes

Jan’s bio and contact details

Jan was accepted into the Commercial Art Course at the National Art School in Sydney and after graduating she became a junior in a small Sydney advertising agency. After five years she became the Art Director.

After marrying she worked as a freelance artist, sitting-in at one of Sydney’s larger advertising agencies. During that time she began to specialise in illustration, figure work being her main love.

A family followed. Freelancing from home became the way of the career, and she worked for various agencies and publishing houses.

After retiring, Jan moved to the Central Coast where she began to dabble in other mediums and subjects. She started to take the fine arts seriously, and entered local art shows, with watercolour becoming her favourite medium.

Since 2006, Jan and her husband have lived in their new home on Scotland Island, Pittwater; it is here that her love affair with Marine Art began and, she hopes, will continue.

Jan’s paintings of marine subjects have attracted ‘Highly Commended’ and ‘The People’s Choice’ awards.

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Peter Erson Smith

Exhibiting member (NSW)
www.peterersonsmith.com

Mediums: Oil
Subjects: Maritime subjects; the ever-changing moods of the Australian sea/landscape

Peter’s bio and contact details

Peter Erson SmithPeter started oil painting in 1981 when working at Trangie on the Central Western Plains in New South Wales. Subject matter was limited at the time to local land and townscapes. Since then subject matter and media have expanded considerably, although his preference remains with oil and subjects that depict the ever-changing moods of the Australian sea/landscape and maritime subjects generally.

Peter studied art at Charles Sturt University and has also painted and studied with a number of highly acclaimed Australian and International artists.

During his career he has won numerous awards for his work with the most memorable being five times Grand Champion Art Exhibit at Queanbeyan Show, National winner, Australian Artist Magazine Challenge 19 and a regular finalist in ANL/Mission to Seamen Maritime Exhibition.

He has featured and published articles in Australian Artist magazine and featured in Hunter Lifestyle Magazine.

Peter is an Exhibition Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), Associate of the Royal Art Society of NSW (ARAS) and active member of Newcastle Society of Artists and the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre.

Works are represented in Australian private and corporate collections and private collections overseas in Canada, United States, Ireland, Oman and China.

Contact details
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Stan Stefaniak

Exhibiting member (NSW)
www.stanshipsmarineart.com

Mediums: Oil on linen/canvas
Subjects: Steamships and motor vessels predominantly

Stan’s bio and contact details

Stan StefaniakBorn in Sydney, Stan’s passion for painting maritime scenes stems from virtually a lifelong interest in shipping. The 1960s and early 1970s were years of fondly remembered countless ship visits after school in the port of Sydney, full of shipping activities with vessels belonging to numerous companies and countries of registry.

From a very early age Stan developed a love of drawing and painting but it was his love of ships that inspired him to paint maritime subjects. Although being self taught to a large degree, Stan's enrolment in art classes at the Ross Davis painting studio in Sydney for a few years had tuned his understanding of the use of colour in painting.

Stan is an active committee member of the World Ship Society, NSW Inc. branch in Sydney Australia. Also, over the years, he has had the opportunity to take sea voyages ranging from the Norwegian Fjords to East Coast of USA., Bermuda, Asia and the Pacific – all providing further inspiration for painting. These aspects, a keen observation of ship design and careful research into actual shipping events, guide Stan in faithfully executing his painting of ships.

Painting predominantly in oils Stan aims to portray any ship in the context of an expressive sea and sky, believing that the whole painting ought to capture a mood and to convey a story. Indeed, he aims to interpret the classical maritime art style in a manner that conveys the history and spirit of shipping in Australia and elsewhere.

Several of Stan's paintings have been used to illustrate covers for books about Australian and New Zealand shipping written by the well known maritime historian Peter Plowman. His paintings are included in private collections in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Stan is an exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and a professional member of the International Society of Marine Painters (ISMP) based in the United States of America.

Contact details
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Paul Tonkin

Exhibiting member (NSW)

Mediums: Oil, line and wash
Subjects: Seascapes, fishing boats, ferries, contemporary motor vessels, Sydney Harbour and Pittwater

Paul’s bio and contact details

Paul TonkinPaul Tonkin was born near London, England in 1948. He started painting in 1968, studying for a brief time with Arthur Murch in Avalon, New South Wales. After qualifying as a geologist and mineralogist from the University of New South Wales in 1969, he worked in various parts of the world with the oil and mining industries, including on oil rigs in the UK North Sea and in the Java Sea. He continued to paint whilst in Britain and Indonesia, whilst pursuing this career.

Since 2000, Paul has been a full-time artist, selling over one hundred paintings, with his work in collections in Australia, the USA, Europe and Japan. He also exhibits regularly at exhibitions in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney. As well as maritime art, he has another specialist area - classic cars – and paints racing scenes for the Royal Automobile Club of Australia.

Unlike many marine artists, Paul specializes in painting contemporary craft as opposed to ships under sail. In particular, he has painted a number of Sydney Harbour ferries and local ferries from Pittwater and the NSW coastal areas These include fifteen commissioned paintings, notably of scenes from Newcastle Harbour. Fishing boats and trawlers are also the subject of many of his paintings.

Paul is presently engaged in a further series of commissions for the RACA and assisting and advising for a forthcoming exhibition of marine art to be held at the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Newport, NSW.

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Peter Whelan

Exhibiting member (NSW)
www.peterwhelanart.com

Mediums: Oil and acrylic
Subjects: Landscapes, seascapes, marinas and boats up and down the coast, with a particular love of the bays, marinas and headlands of Sydney Harbour

Peter’s bio and contact details

Peter WhelanPeter's formal art training began when he was seventeen and attended East Sydney Art School; much later he took up study at Meadowbank Art College and also studied portraiture with Joshua Smith and Yve Close. Over the years, while running a business and raising a family, Peter always found time to pursue his passion and love of painting.

He says his main art training has been on the countless painting trips with many other professional artists made during the last thirty years throughout NSW and interstate. Because most of his paintings are done plein-air, they must be completed in a short time-frame in a loose impressionist style which does not allow for much detail. However this style of painting still requires strong drawing skills and a love of the subject, combined with the 'feeling', atmosphere and even the smell of the salt air when close to the sea!

Peter has always searched out marinas, old clunky workboats and the well-used craft of yesteryear. Sydney Harbour has always been a treasure-trove for the painter who is prepared to search out the bays, marinas and headlands, and with its beauty it has always been his love and calling.

As well as being a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW and current Council member, he is an Exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.

Peter has won over sixty awards and is often called on to be the judge for art society exhibitions, teach workshops and critiques. His work is represented in many Sydney council collections, and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.

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