I AM AN ISLAND SELF PORTRAIT“I am an Island: Self-Portrait” 2012

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.


About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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16 Responses to GOODBYE TASMANIA

  1. Kate Bausch says:

    Good for you! It sounds like a wonderful and inspirational spot for you right now. They say growth happens at the edge of our comfort zone. I’m sure exciting drawings and paintings are in your future and I can’t wait to see them. Best of luck to you and your wife as you make your big move!

  2. Edna says:

    Goodbye Richard and Val. Richard you have been such a positive force in the Tasmanian art scene and your talent and enthusiasm will be greatly missed. I admire your adventure in heading north and wish you lots of fun, happiness and success up there.

    • artkleko says:

      Thank you, Edna. This is an opportunity too good to miss, so it’s now or never! You have and continue to be, a source of inspiration to many. Keep those artworks coming!

      • Bye Bye… may your pencils flow freely as we look forward to keeping in touch by fb etc. I know you will embrace this new journey with enthusiasm and determination. Tassie’s loss but important for you….. you will be missed

      • artkleko says:

        Thanks, Evelyn. I look forward to seeing your posts, too!

  3. Robbie Hamilton ( Burrows) says:

    I wish you both an amazing journey and place to now live. ‘I am an island ‘self portrait is so so beautiful.
    I am inspired by your desire to move and look for different environments to embrace new opportunities, challenges and to paint/draw in such a different place to Tassie!

    As a teacher of mine at PHs many years ago you taught and encouraged me to go out of the square as they say. Lunch times where I would wander down to art department to watch you paint and to soak up the vibe, will stay in my heart. I thank you for your contribution to the person I am today and to my personal journey in art. As I write this I am up to my eyeballs in paint exploring and pushing myself to new realms. You are part of my journey as you helped lay a foundation those years ago.
    Be yourself.. in your art ! and always. . Strive more to explore. Stand proud in what you do. Love what you do .. Some of the messages I remember I felt from being in your class as a high school girl. Thankyou Mr K .. Thankyou Richard.
    I love what you do .. It brings me joy!

    • artkleko says:

      Hi Robbie, thank you for your lovely comments. It’s wonderful to see former students do so well in their life journey and you have been and continue to be a wonderful example of creativity, passion and sincerity.

  4. Mike Menius says:

    Best wishes to you on this exciting new chapter in your life, creative and otherwise. It is the right decision, on so many levels. Bravo!

  5. Linda J. Kulyk says:

    Dear Richard – Daryl and I moved to Tasmania for 4-1/2 years as residents not tourists and then to Perth for 1-1/2 years — Art is a wonderful way of meeting people I must say. It brings together such a variety of personalities of friendly people. You and Val will do well in Cairns and will fit in well. Do not worry just enjoy the ride. Linda

  6. Linda says:

    Love this drawing…wonderful.

  7. Pauline Winwood says:

    Farewell Richard & Val. I hope it is everything you wish for. I look forward to seeing your work on these pages.

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