December: Graeme Myrtzea Painter of light
Contact Artist: Graeme Myrtzea Trafalgar Graeme Myrteza <email@example.com> 0414346456
Artwork on Display
Katherine Gorge Study 2
High Country Morning
Katherine Gorge study 1
Katherine Gorge study 3
In the Pilbara
“I am passionate about painting; I love the smell of the paints, turps, canvas and above all – the challenge and satisfaction of capturing the dramatic play of light on the gum trees, mountains, rivers and valleys of our magnificent country” – Graeme Myrteza.
Graeme Myrteza has lived and worked as a farmer on the land at Thorpdale, in Gippsland, Victoria, all his life. As a child he enjoyed drawing and painting but after leaving school time for artwork ceased as the workload of running a farm took over. In 2005 Graeme’s life changed forever when his son, Brett, passed away. He found therapy through painting helped deal with the loss of Brett and with encouragement from family and friends, he has had a paint brush in his hand every day since. Graeme has studied under artist Bill Roberts from Churchill and has participated in numerous workshops and art courses. Recently he has achieved success at various group and solo exhibitions and has enjoyed a number of outback painting adventures with artist Gary Miles and Phil Henshall
Thanks to Town and Country Gallery Yarragon for this writing.
THE MAN FROM NARRACAN
There is this young man from Narracan
Who paints treetops and creeks and islands and pools;
Brushes and paints and canvas his tools.
One day, he and Wendy determined a break
A trip round the Block they decided to take.
So, they packed up their stuff and to the ‘van they did make.
Up the East coast and over the Top
Down through the Kimberley and home ‘cross the Bight
They’d take enough shots to bring memories to light.
In the studio these films started to show
The colours were squeezed, the brushes nearby
Alive came the canvas, the paint had to dry
The result is a Gallery of space and of light,
The tree tops, the islands, the cliffs and THAT light;
So, soak up this spectacle, soak up the MAN’s sight.
Phil HEnshall Nov 2018 at Red Tree Gallery