For me a happy and full filling life began at fifty. Not that my life until then had been unhappy – like most people, I had my triumphs and my challenges.
As a child, I had loved to paint and draw. But then came study, university, a teaching career for four years, then overseas travel, marriage and children.
It was only when I turned fifty, and alone again, that I decided to become a professional artist. I held four successful solo exhibitions – two in my home town of Ingham, and two in Townsville. Then after forming a new friendship and another year of painting, I established “Win’s Gallery, Art and Woodcraft” In Ravenshoe, North Queensland, Australia. This was my life for the next 21 years.
My paintings have travelled across the world. They have been shown in Artists’ magazines in Australia and in “International Artist” and “Pastel Artist International” and one of my paintings hangs in Queensland Parliament House.
In 2017 I sold my gallery, and turned to my other love, writing. I have published several books, most recently a novel. My business is now mostly on line but visitors may still view my paintings at my home in Ravenshoe by making an appointment. They continue to give much pleasure and an appreciation of our country.
I am currently planning a retrospective exhibition of my work at the Tableland Regional Gallery, Atherton. This presents the progress of my work over a period of 60 years.
Included is a small exhibit of bronze animal sculptures by Trevor Madin.
This exhibition, entitled ‘Peace and Power’, will be open to the public from November 30th 2021 to January 29th 2022.
This is a small poem I wrote which epitomises the spirit of my paintings.
Trees I have loved,
And changing skies.
Rocks which hold the secrets of time,
And people long since gone.
Wide vistas and deep shadowed gorges,
And water – deep, quiet, reflective, still;
Or shallow chattering streams on stony beds;
Thundering, foaming falls, whose might now challenges
The power of rocks below.
And always I have loved
The changing light of day
From glow of early dawn
Till darkening shadows of the coming night.
I trust you will share with me, my experience of my country.