I was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, in 1961 into a creative family. My father was a professional musician, my mother was an artist up until the age of 90. I loved art from an early age and was always encouraged by my older brother Robert, who is an amazing surrealist painter in Western Australia. We would draw, paint and make animated movies together.
I then progressed on to acrylic painting through high school where I received top marks for art. This also drove me to keep it up, so I progressed on to oil paint on stretched canvas which was so exciting. I studied Painting and Drawing at Claremont School of Art as a Diploma, in Western Australia, as well as an extensive TAFE art education.
I love the subtle tones and colours in both water and sky so have a great love for landscape. Particularly early morning and late afternoon when the shadows are longer and there is more colour in the sky. I enjoy creating atmosphere and depth in my work as I want to hold the viewer’s gaze and get them to look all around the painting, discovering things they might not have seen initially.
We moved from WA to Tasmania where I turned professional and have operated my own Art Gallery ’Stanley’s Studio/Gallery’ in Cygnet, located in the Huon Valley of Tasmania, for the past 22 years. I have exhibited in many exhibitions and art awards with success in winning nine Peoples Choice and three Mayors Choice Awards over the years.
I work in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and glass. I produce a series of Fine Art Prints, Art Cards, and I also work with Stained Glass and ‘Dichroic Glass Jewellery’ (Pendants & Earrings) I was the Chairman of the Huon Art Exhibition Group (HAEG) in Cygnet for 5 years and on the committee for 10 years, an exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and have been an Art Prize Judge for the 2014 Royal Hobart Show, Art Awards.
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