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My name is Graeme Myrteza, proud family man, farmer and painter from the
hills of Thorpdale, a small country town in Gippsland, Victoria. I have
lived and worked here nearly all of my life.

Growing up I guess you would say I was a typical country boy who I loved
to fish, hunt and involve myself in all manner of childhood exploits and
adventures and it was during these very early years that I began my
lifelong artistic journey. As a child I would draw and paint almost all
the time, I loved it, but once I left school my creative adventures gave
way to full time farm work and family, so in the years that followed I
only occasionally found time for the odd doodle or sketch.

In 2005 my life and the lives of everyone in my family changed forever
when we lost our son Brett after a long illness. With the loss of Brett I
started painting again, therapy I suppose and from then on I have had a
brush in my hand pretty much every day. My painting skills are for the
most part self taught, I’ve had no real academic training, although I have
attended a few art classes at various points in time. From frequent
visits to Melbourne galleries I found my hero’s of Australian landscape
painting to be Hans Heysen, Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton. I
just love the way they captured the Aussie bush! Brett never saw me
paint, but I know he's with me when I am painting, he has a part in each
work I do and that's why I put his initials in every painting.

I have found that over the years I have grown to love the smell of oil
paint, turps and raw canvas almost as much as the constant challenge in
trying to capture the majestic gums, creeks and brilliant landscapes of
our beautiful country. I hope you enjoy my paintings; perhaps they will in
some way re-kindle fond memories of your own past experiences in the
Aussie bush.
Graeme

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Exhibitions

2016 Dargo Winter Festival
Maffra Exhibition Space Landscapes in Light
Quadrant Gallery Hawthorn Arkaroola Too

2015 Spring Arts Festival, Mansfield
Gallery 9 - Collingwood
West Gippsland Arts Centre (Group) "O M Gippsland”
June Albert Park Antiques and Gallery
May Hawthorn Studio & Gallery (Group).
Media House Gallery, City / Meeniyan Gallery “Gippsland 14” (Group)

2014 Hawthorn Studio & Gallery “Summer Exhibition” (Group)
Metung Gallery (Solo)
Highway Gallery, Mount Waverley (Solo)

2013 Forest Edge Stone Gallery, Kallista (Solo)
West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul (Group) “Corner Country”
Stockyard Gallery, Foster (Solo)

2012 Stratford Gallery (Group)
Coal Creek Gallery, Korumburra (Solo)

2009 Continuous: Town and Country Gallery, Yarragon (Group)
Bradley Hall, West Drouin (Group)

Awards and Prizes
2016 Warragul Rotary Art Show - Best Gippsland Artist
2014 Art Gippsland – People’s Choice

2013 Art Gippsland – People’s Choice
Drouin Ficifolia Art Show – Highly Commended

2012 Tyers Art Show – First Prize (Bush Theme)
Trafalgar Rotary Art Show – People’s Choice

150cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil Paint
$2,850
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