I started painting with no training, with the idea of releasing stress from my courier job business.
I was inspired by my father in law David Mercy, who I used to watch when he painted at his home. David then progressed to a studio in East Melbourne where he started classes for beginners in 1976, and this is where he started me with the basics of drawing, and an introduction to the other mediums, starting with first mixing colours in oils, and then the other mediums of water colours and pastels.
I followed him to another studio in Carlton, and then to a larger studio in Murrumbeena where with his guidance he encouraged and allowed me to develop my own style until 1990. I took a break, and I said to myself that when I retired I would try and take up painting again, and that is what I have done.
The opportunity came again when I moved to Nagambie. In September 2010 I joined an art group at the Nagambie Lakes Community House. It was, and is a small group of like minded people who enjoy art, we learn from each other, and have a discussion at coffee time where we discuss our work, and get ideas to develop our work.
I enjoy painting landscapes in oils, and doing my own impression of the subject. Our group has displayed at the local Information Shop, The Nagambie on Water Festival, and have also had a showing at Sheila Inc. in Euroa in September 2014, as well as entering in several local art shows.
I have also entered in Beyond The Divide a few times, and so I decided to join Seymour and Districts Art Society in April and was accepted. I have also exhibited at the gallery in June, as well as Broadford, and I am extremely grateful to them in giving me a chance to show, and have my own exhibition in the Charles August Gallery in July, 2015.