“Every artist was first an amateur.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As you will see, I have no long list of exhibitions at this stage. Very early in my career as an artist in my enthusiasm and naivete I decided to venture out into the world of exhibiting and entered my first art exhibition. I knew very little about the art world and had limited reference to others, however I decided to “have a go”. What I did not understand then and so quickly discovered was how absolutely vulnerable one becomes when entering into the world of art and exhibitions, and how subjective the whole viewing and judging process is.

My painting was declined. And I was mortified. It was my first and most significant rejection. Significant, because being unprepared and mostly unsupported (at that stage without fellow artist friends and connections), it had hit a nerve and I questioned “What had I been dreaming of?”. Sadly, I packed up my easel and put away my paints for at least three years before, no longer able to contain the urge to create, I finally picked up a brush and painted again. A small canvas called “Magnolia” (see story behind “Magnolia”).

Curiously, the painting that was rejected was instrumental in guiding me into a career in coaching (see the story behind “Orphan Rock”). “Orphan Rock” and “Magnolia” are now exhibited in my coaching room and are ‘not for sale’, their lessons invaluable. They are a visual reminder for me and hopefully others to follow one’s dreams and not give up on them.

Since returning to painting, I have established invaluable friendships with fellow artists who understand what it is like to put one’s work “out there”. In 2009 I was also heartened by a brief but insightful documentary screened on the ABC. The show followed four professional artists who had decided to enter the famous Wynn/Sulman landscape prize. Only one of them was accepted. The other three all dealt with their rejection in their own way. It was an important window into the emotional roller coaster ride of exhibiting.

I have since entered a few exhibitions and missed out on a few others, however I have come such a long way in that time.

I paint almost every day now for the sheer joy of it, to grow as an artist, and to meet and hopefully overcome the challenges along the way. In the process, I use only the best artist quality paints.

Exhibitions to date:

“For the love of Italy”, Yuga Café & Gallery, 172 St Johns Road, Glebe, 25 April – 18 May, 2013.

First Solo Exhibition!  “La Serenissima”, Mamma Mia India, 38 Wairoa Avenue, North Bondi, 9 April – 21 April 2013.

“Northern Expressions @ Lane Cove”, 12-17 November 2012, Lane Cove Gallery.

“Local Hero” selected for hanging as part of the Warringah Art Exhibition 2012, 12 – 22 July.

Mosman Art Society Summer Exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery, 26 November – 31 December 2011.

40×40 Exhibition, Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, October-December 2011.

Artwork selected to be hung as part of Hornsby Art Prize 2011 Exhibition, 22-26 November, Cherrybrook Community and Cultrual Centre, Shepherds Lane, Cherrybrook

“My Nearest and Dearest” Art Exhibition, The ARTHouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney, 10 October – 12 November 2011.

40×40 Exhibition, Artfocus Gallery and Studio, 17-30th September, Artfocus Gallery and Studio, 1 Powells Road, Brookvale.

Mosman Art Society,  9″x5″ Spring Exhibition, September 2-25, Julian Ashton Art School, Headland Park, Middle Head Road, Georges Heights, Mosman.

2011 Seaforth Art Show and Sale, 25-28 August, Main Hall Balgowlah Boys Campus, Maretimo Street, Balgowlah.

Selected to exhibit as part of the “Tree of Life Arts Exhibition”, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards from 14 June – 7 July 2011.

Northern-Expressions, “Love this Life”, NSW Parliament House, Sydney, 1-30 June 2011.

Group exhibition with fellow artists, Kim Rice-Jenkins and Jacque Tremain, at the Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, January – May 2011.

Mosman Art Society, Fred Hutley Hall, North Sydney Council Chambers, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney from 14 May to 22 May, 2011.

The John Colet School Art Show, 19-22 May 2011.

Inaugural  Freshwater Festival of Chamber Music Art Exhibition, 3-4 October 2010 at the Freshwater Campus, Harbord Road, Freshwater.

Mosman Art Society 9″ x 5″ Exhibition, 3- 26  September 2010,  Julian Ashton Art School, Georges Heights, Mosman.

Selected for the Warringah Art Exhibition, Artfocus Gallery, Brookvale, 15th – 25th July 2010.

“A Marine Odyssey”, Royal Motor Yacht Club, 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport  NSW, 10th – 20th June, 2010

John Colet Inaugural Art Show, Wyatt Avenue, Belrose, 20th – 23rd May, 2010.

“Creative Journeys”, Mosman Art Society, North Sydney Council Chambers, 14th – 23rd May, 2010, North Sydney

“Affinity” Exhibition, Artfocus Gallery and Studio, 14th – 26th November, 2009, Brookvale, NSW

49th Ryde Art Society Exhibition, 18th – 25th September 2009, Ryde NSW

“Northern-Expressions in Session”, 2 June – 2 July 2009, Parliament House, Sydney, NSW