I am an Adelaide artist living in the southern Barossa Valley in South Australia - it is a nice area to call home and art is a nice way to go about a nice day.
I think I am lucky..
The longer I get to think about it , the luckier I think I am.
I developed an interest in art in my late fifties.
Initially as a member of the Gawler Art Society, I gained encouragement from Maxine Donald to take up drawing. Subsequently, over several years, I undertook HSC art courses at (then) Para West Adult Campus, including three years of Life Drawing with Julia Mannix. That interest took me in turn to Arts North (Elizabeth Art Society), where I have been a member for some years now. I have undertaken various workshops in various media, but I have tended, always and still, towards Charcoal and or Pastel. Notwithstanding, I have been exploring acrylic abstracts (I have just added an 'Abstacts' page to this web site) and I have also taken an interest in mixed media/collage.
I held a solo exhibition in Gawler, South Australia a couple of years ago, which was adjudged a success by peers and was personally rewarding, with several works selling. Currently (June21), I have a whole-of-studio exhibition mounted at Arts North, featuring Life Drawing.
I cannot overstate the perceived (life-long, sociological) benefits that an involvement in art brings with it. Disregarding odd frustrations, it is an endless source of joy. I can only commend it to all and any. You could think of it as a glass of cheer, available anytime.