40 x 60 cms, Prismacolor pencils on pastel board.
Private collection, Launceston.
Before the end of the month, my wife, Val and I, will be leaving Tasmania to live in Cairns. We have visited Cairns many times and this is our third attempt at making the transition from a temperate to a tropical climate. This time we have set a minimum stay of 3 years, permanency if we like it.
Some may think it strange that at our stage of life we should want to make such a major move from one end of Australia to another. I think it’s more to do with the challenge and the opportunity we have before us.
We are leaving our family members behind and moving to ‘stay’, not ‘visit’ an area where we have few friends. Val has work and I have the opportunity to conduct art workshops and draw/paint in an environment that is vastly different to Tasmania.
Our longest stay in Cairns was 7 months and I was inspired to produce 26 drawings during that time. I have conducted several workshops there that has seen me meet so many wonderful and keen people.
I’m going with an open mind as to what type of art I do and how many workshops I’ll run. I hope to do some art judging as well.
It’s one thing to be a ‘tourist’, but being a ‘resident’ of a place that we both love will no doubt bring with it challenges, but I hope also many rewards.