Sunday, November 10, 2019


A good crowd came to celebrate the exhibition launch with Daniel, Kirralee and me.

Two of my paintings were sold  and will go to feature in a beautiful newly renovated home, where they should look stunning. Thank you to SHAYHER  PROPERTIES P/L for their generous sponsorship of artists and others in the community.   Thanks specially to my son Ben, who transported the my large works.

And of course 'Vacant Assembly' for their vision  and hands on approach, seeing  that things get done.

This exhibition closes November 2.  See you soon at THE GALLERY BRISBANE QUARTER.
C x

Tall trees
Acrylic collage on canvas
150cm sq

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October Artists

Last Sunday was the day for the three October artists to bring their works into the Gallery.  An exciting day!  New people to meet.  Both Kirralee Robinson and Daniel Wilson work with wood, and have achieved such a high standard.  They obviously have a deep appreciation of the beautiful timbers they choose to work with.  I wonder what  the timber reveals to each of the artists as they work. I wonder about bark, sap and grain.  Especially grain which tells very interesting stories.  It is wonderful to think that the beautiful pieces that Dan and Kirralee produce will be treasured for generations to come.
The exhibition launch, this Thursday will be a celebration  and a recognition of our achievements.

I hope you can join us at THE GALLERY Brisbane Quarter cnr George and Adelaide Streets.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Your invitation

THE GALLERY, Brisbane Quarter

The opening of my exhibition is fast approaching.  Actually it is a group exhibition, and I am looking forward to meeting the other artists.  The venue is THE GALLERY Brisbane Quarter...a sophisticated  space wrapped in huge glass walls that invite the attention of the passerby.  Each exhibition will be in situ for one month...So please drop in on us!!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Exhibition coming up!

Hello all,  The weeks are flying by now. Our exhibition is in November at Graydon Gallery in Newfarm.  We are going to have to float our artworks  titled 'Breathing Space 3' across the river
to show them in Newfarm.  (Just joking!!) I am sure the little ferry will carry us safely forward).
The artists are all from regional areas, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Woodgate.  I am the only artist
from Brisbane, which makes it easy for me to continue to arrange and present our exhibition.  More about our show as the weeks fly by.

Below is an image of my most recent 3D piece.  Another Suburban Goddess.  Till soon.  cx

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Peacock Chair

Hello all,

I can hardly believe that I have been in Brisbane for over a year now.  In that time I have made  quite a few art friends. They all have such different interests.  This year I will be spending most of my time brushing up my photography skills.

I have set up my art studio to function as a photography studio also.  I had the good fortune to find the   fabulous Peacock chair in a local secondhand shop.

My beautiful neighbour  Rachael has been a fantastic  model. She is seen here dressed in  couple of  different wedding dresses from my collection.   Cx


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Blue Moonscape

Blue Moonscape

I am quite pleased with this work finished, a couple of months ago.

Sorry about the APT pictures not arriving yet.  My computer software is not wanting to recognise  the webarchive format.



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A view from the Hummock (with Moon)

I had a feeling that there was something missing in this painting.  Once I added the moon I felt that the work was finally finished! cx

Friday, January 18, 2019

Asia Pacific Triennial

It is so great to be able to duck into The Edge whenever I want,  and explore exhibitions as often as I like.  It has always been so difficult from being a good four hour trip by car or train.  Accommodation  was also an issue.

What a treat it was to go to the APT, especially with my two granddaughters  Isabella and Charlotte.  They have a keen interest in art...and they are always very interested in the 'Kids APT',  this time  coming away with rolled paper necklaces and bracelets.

I was at the first APT.  My favourite work was a series of stainless steel tables covered with piles of  dying long stem roses.  The roses were being watered via hospital drip systems, but this was not enough to stop them from dying.  A personal work about love and its loss apparently.

It is interesting to look back over many years of exposure to all forms of art.  Some works/exhibitions  that will stay in my mind as special treasures are  Vault,  a sculpture that found its home in Melbourne. By Ron Robertson-Swann in 1978, some disparagingly referred to it as the Yellow Peril. It was quite  controversial...people either loved it or hated it.   I loved it with a passion.

Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock.  Photographic images of the work do not do it justice.  It is truly sublime.   It is housed in Canberra when I saw it.  The work was purchased amid a great deal of controversy also. It turned out to be a great investment.

Charles Blackman's retrospective, some fifteen or so years ago, was outstanding.

The Giotto frescos in St Francis Cathedral, Assissi in Italy, and
Botticelli's Birth of Venus in Florence....there aren't enough adjectives.

Try to visit the APT if you can.  I might run in to you there.
C  X

PS  Some recent changes to Blogger have resulted in removal of Google components.  I hope this does not cause too much disruption. It may affect  some comments.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

View from the Hummock

Hello,  I have been enjoying playing with paint, seeking texture.  I am looking to this small canvas (36" x 36") to provide me with some answers.

Talk art soon! cx

View from the Hummock 2018 
36" x 36"
Acrylic on canvas
Detail below

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Graydon Gallery Stockroom sale!

Hello all, it's coming up so quickly to Xmas now.  It's the perfect time to pick up a fabulous original artwork at Graydon Galleries Stockroom Sale! There are many treasures to be found there including  a couple of mine!  The Stockroom Sale will be on Nov 1 to Nov 4

Digital image
Contact: 32542325
29Merthyr Rd
New Farm

Saturday, October 20, 2018

David Hockney

Well hello!   My week has been chaotic as usual. Helen and I attended an art exhibition in Manly.  The show was in aid of our drought stricken farmers. They are doing  it tough.  It's heartbreaking hearing some of their stories.  The art group that organised the event ran it as a silent aĆ¼ction..  All the artworks were donated by the artists.

Later that week we had the second meeting of the artbookclub.  Helen had chosen David Hockney's 'Secret Knowledge' as our second book to read. I was fascinated.  In all of my thirty plus years as an artist, l had never heard of the controversy surrounding the possible use of lenses by some of our best artists.   In particular,  some of the great masters.

David Hockney put forward a strong case that lenses were used in the creation of  a number of these artworks. He noticed areas of some paintings had an 'out of focus' look and this is inconsistent with how we see.    There were several other reasons  too.  You will have to read the beautiful book Hockney produced that explores this assertion.

Hockney did not feel that his revelations diminished his appreciation of the amazing  masterpieces that were produced.

I love the beautiful tree paintings that he is producing in his later years and I admire his explorations of digital imagery.

If you have the chance to read the book, I am sure you too will find it fascinating .

                                                Van Eyck

Friday, August 17, 2018

Back to work!

I am really happy to be getting back to work after such a long time.  I should be quite happy here at Wynnum West.   Being so close to the Brisbane CBD  (20 minutes by train) is such a bonus and provides me with so many options.  Galleries and exhibitions and all manner of entertaining things to do.  Now that I am back to my work, I feel I am home.

Tall Trees
Acrylic collage on canvas

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Brides and Drones

The school holidays are upon us and I often  have my grandaughters to look after.  They are very interested in art, so it is quite easy to find  projects for them.  A friend had given them a drone which  has been lots of fun for them.  I am interested to  import some of the files the drone creates, to see if I can incorporate them into my work somehow.

Here are a few photographs taken by the drone.  With a little Photoshopping to brighten them,  the photos should come up quite nicely.  

I was invited to view the wonderful exhibition titled 'The Bowerbird and The Bride' at Old Government House.  Forty-five stunning bridal gowns from the 1880s to the 1970s were on display.  The gowns are part of a vast collection that is in the care of the award-winning costume designer Marion Boyce.

The exhibition continues until 19August.   Book online at
Ph: 3138 8005

My wedding collection comprise a mere sixteen dresses, so I have a lot of catching up to do!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Some new friends!

I was really excited to meet two artists from the Wynnum/ Manly areas in the last month.  Linda I posted about  after our visit to her exhibition at West End with her friend Helen McIntosh.  They came to visit me at my new home.

We had our afternoon tea and shared images of our works.

As it turned out, we had a great deal in common.  Our works championing woman. and

her symbols in particular.  I was so impressed with Helen and Linda's work.  I just love 

artists...they give so much of themselves.

Attached is a textile work by Helen. Below is a collage by Linda. You can see more works by these two very talented artists at:

1200 x 780 (71 x 70)
Shibori dyed silk (Made by Margaret Barnett), fish skeleton beads, emu feathers, acrylic paint, machine stitched on cotton rag paper.

"The Iconlady is an old friend. She has travelled with me for 30 years , Criss-crossing. Textile and painting terrain, with side trips into new territory such as mosaics, doll making, and jewellery. Our journey is progressing and will last my lifetime".    Helen Macintosh

Poster for Helen and Linda's exhibition, by Linda Murray.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

An exciting week!

I have had a busy and interesting week.  I had been patiently for 'The Writer's of Wynnum/Manly (WOW)' meeting which is held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Wynnum Library.  The day  had arrived  at last! I  found the group to be comprised of talented writers of all levels of ability under the guidance of a lovely woman called Heather, who was very supportive and kept us all focused.

At the writers group, I met a fellow artist called Linda who was having an exhibition with a friend in a cafe at West End.  A couple of days later, Linda and I went to check out her interesting collages before heading up to the Museum to take in the wonderful 'The Egyptian Mummies' exhibition.

The mummies exhibition was very interesting and Linda and I were quite amazed by the condition of the mummies sarcophaguses which were beautifully decorated.  The jewellery on display was quite magnificent also. The exhibition gave a great insight in to this ancient culture.  Really worth a look!! cx

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Still settling in!

Oh goodness,  there still so many things to do before I can get on with my art practice, but I have managed to produce another 'Tall Trees' painting.  Its close to finished now.  I have found time in    my quiet evenings to dabble a bit with some videos.  I will be reworking some of my older prints too. Cant wait to get started!!!
I am keen to meet some Brisbane artists.  I will drop in to The Edge this week sometime to let the people there know I am here to stay and to find out what's happening around town.


Monday, January 22, 2018

I'm back!!

I am so excited to be back to my blog!! Thank you for your patience.

I made the decision  to shift to Brisbane a year or two...or three ago  as I no longer have family in Bundaberg.  It was hard to leave all my dear friends...and hard  to say goodbye to over thirty years of memories. Hard emotionally as well as physically...packing up my house, my Gallery - Dirty Linen.

With  my group show at Graydon Gallery finished in October, I started packing in earnest.  I finally sold my property last month. I was in Melbourne when my son Ben found my new house in Wynnum
West...Ten minutes away from Ben and his family.

Liking the property  very much, he suggested to me that it was the one we were looking for. He was right.

So I have been in my new home about two months now.  Settling in...preparing for new adventures in art!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Breathing Space 2

'The Way Home' by Christine Turner,
Acrylic Collage 
150cm x 150cm

The 'Breathing Space 2' exhibition in Brisbane is finally over and has been quite successful in many ways. We had good sales and very positive responses to the show.  I have attached a few photos below.   

I would really like to thank Keith and Trevor for the work they did setting up  and later dismantling the exhibition.  They were brilliant!!  Their enthusiasm and willingness to get the job done was truly wonderful.  No task was ever too hard!  

I think I speak for all of us in saying that this exhibition reached a standard that we can be  quite proud of.

One of my favourite works in this show was Keith Stewart's award winning photograph, 'Gum Trees-Study 1, Tasmania'.
This is black and white in all it's glory, capturing the essence of the landscape. 

The glass cabinet, above was just perfect for displaying Trevor Spohr's beautiful ceramic bowls along with John Olsen's curious 'Infernal Axis'

 Four little gems by Susan Hutton

Above: An enchanting landscape   by Jennifer McDuff inspired  by a recent trip to Japan. Below the landscape, another of Jennifer's haunting shelf paintings.

Above:  A row of ceramic cups with saucers. Superbly glazed by Trevor Spohr.  On the wall, Susan Hutton's Elegant encaustic wax works, which were very popular-also inspired by several trips to Japan.

Below, Ophelia and friend grace the walls. (Acrylic on canvas)  100cm w x 150cm h)

Below, Jennifer McDuff's gouache 'drawings' on brown paper bags captivated many. 

Below, a Hammerhead Shark by retired fisherman John Olsen.

Beautiful metallic glazed ceramic towers by Trevor Spohr.  These were
snapped up very quickly to add to an important collection.

I arrived home very tired as I spent a good while speaking to realestate agents and viewing properties to see what the market is like in Brisbane at present.  I hope to sell my home here in Bundaberg soon and find a home in Brisbane.  It seems that it is a sellers market to me and houses close to Brisbane's CBD are selling rapidly.

I am so keen to take my work in a new direction this coming year.  It's hard to be patient. Cx

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Regional art delivers!!!

On Monday, Susan Hutton  and I will pack her ute and be off to Brisbane for our exhibition at Graydon Gallery.
The other artists joining us are Jennifer McDuff  - painter,  John Olsen - metal sculpture,  Keith Stewart -  photography, Trevor Spohr - ceramics.  Susan combines painting and ceramics in her art practice.  I am primarily known for my installations and assemblages, but as you  probably know from reading my blog, I have spent the last couple of years mostly painting...... and I have been really enjoying it.

You are all welcome to visit us at Graydon Gallery in New Farm (See details in previous post.)  See you at the opening!!  'Breathing Space 2'' promoting excellence in regional art!!

Till soon!    C x

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

A view from the Hummock

With the  Graydon Gallery exhibition fast approaching, I have been contacting the artists to get an overview of their availability in regards to the transporting of works, attendance at the exhibition opening and so on.   Lists of the works are  slowly coming in.

I have been sorting out my works on paper to be shown in folios in the small room. I also have some small framed drawings.

I would also like to show a folder of my digital works, some of which I produced for the New Mexico exchange exhibition.

I have so much work that has never been seen.  One day when I finally sell my house and shift to
Brisbane,  I will  have a studio sale, to find homes for some of these artworks.

In the meantime I have produced another canvas titled  'A view from the Hummock'.  A nightscape generated from some quick sketches I made of the Hummock at twilight. (Above)

Monday, July 17, 2017


My recent work for exhibition at Graydon Gallery in September.

'Hilltops' Acrylic collage on canvas   100cm h x 150cm w

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Up coming exhibition

I am getting excited about the group exhibition I have  been arranging in Brisbane this September at the beautiful Graydon Gallery in New Farm.  The weeks will fly by I am sure, so we need to get our works underway and completed as soon as possible, so that the images can be used for promotions.

I think I will include the work shown here: Untitled acrylic collage on canvas.103.5cm h x 154.5cm h

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Blue Moon 2

I have created this work for the group exhibition I am organising at the Graydon Gallery in September/October, this year.

I am still enjoying creating landscapes.  I will have to produce another four or five for the show.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Distant Mesas

Hello all!!   And a happy new year to you all!  I have been up to Cairns to spend time with my eldest son and my two incredible granddaughters!      We did the Waterfall circuit around Cairns, and they were all so beautiful and unique.  Then we were off to Fitzroy Island,  a short ferry trip from Cairns.
We did a little snorkelling and swimming and general island stuff!

I have been working on a large canvas for entry into the Bundaberg Arts Festival.  I will post a picture of it once the exhibition is opened for viewing.

The picture below is my latest work. This painting came together very quickly.  I had no preconceived  ideas  for this canvas, but once some colour was put down, it took on a life of its own.

I like it when that happens.

'Distant Mesas', Acrylic on canvas and embossed paper. 103cmh x 154cmw. POA

I also made some changes  to my 'Dusk' painting, and I feel it is better now.

'Dusk' Acrylic collage on canvas, 150cm sq.  POA

I have paid the Graydon Gallery deposit for an exhibition Sept/Oct this year.  The same artists will be participating.  It should be another exciting event!!  Cx

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Adam Anderson

I was so excited to see this post on Facebook last night!   How wonderful!  The Dirty Linen artists and friends loved working on various projects and exhibitions  with Adam and it was easy to see that he was exceptionally talented.

Congratulations Adam!!  We have missed you, but are so proud of you!  We all are basking in your reflected glory...can't wait to see what Bleach has been up to!!!  CX.

Adam: "It was great to graduate last night alongside my honours family and third year family. It was especially wonderful to have all my family family there for me as they have been all year. I'm also super happy to have gotten first class honours, been offered a place in PhD and to have been  offered a scholarship to assist me with completing my PhD. Been a pretty special year! 

Search for past blog posts about Adam by using the search box 


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nolan Winkler

Having been a part of an exchange exhibition which featured artists from the Wide Bay district and their fellow artists from New Mexico, I had the honour of exhibiting my artworks with some amazing artists.
It is my pleasure to introduce to you,  from New Mexico, Nolan Winkler, an outstanding  artist. I am lucky enough to have one of Nolan's works in my collection.  She is represented in numerous significant collections worldwide. If you are interested to contact Nolan, see the link at the bottom of the page.
Till soon....Cx  PS  Thankyou Nolan.....X


My Australian artist pal (via email and long distance exhibitions), Christine Turner has requested I write a bit about myself and my work to share on her blog. Is that a generous gesture, or what? Thanks, talented one.

I’ve been painting professionally (as in some sort of a career) for over 40 years now. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a multiple recipient of residency fellowships at a few art colonies around the USofA. I’ve also lived short term in Mexico and France and schooled  in Italy for etching. Those experiences, which have all taken me out of my comfort zone have influenced much of my art through the years. These days, my biggest influences are music (think Future Islands, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard and Rodriguez. I often use their lyrics to help with titling the work. 

For the past six years I have added the use of a sweet potato as pattern maker in my work. Don’t ask. If I knew exactly why I’d stop and I love the effects too much to even consider figuring it out. So many things can come to mind: patterns are comforting; circle of life; I am ‘mature’ so that circle is closing in, too…. 

I also enjoy putting text into my paintings when it feels right. Sometimes a haiku by me or sometimes the lyrics from music I’m listening to. 

When I hit the studio and there is a black panel or canvas looking back at me (I always use black gesso…for depth of colors over it), I usually have no clue what I will be painting unless I’m into a series (which I try to stay away from of late). I put the music of the day on and begin. Colors, shapes, lyrics and emotions all inform what is to come. And come, it does. Sometimes sooner than later, sometimes the reverse. I think my years painting and my confidence in my talents makes it known to me that SOMETHING will come of the time working. 

If you wish to see more of my work:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tall Trees at Dusk

Another artwork in the 'Tall Trees' series.  "Tall Trees at Dusk" 150cm sq. Acrylic collage on canvas. Also there is a close up  for the wonderfully talented Nolan Winkler (New Mexico).  I think I might do a post about Nolan and her work....good idea.  More on that soon.

Tall Trees at Dusk

Tall Trees at Dusk detail.

This work has had so many layers.  I try to retain evidence of the underlying layers where I can.  For those who asked for it I promise to create some smaller works very soon.  cx