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Welcome to my shearing shed studio ,

Winter of 2018 is upon us and its very cold & dry in west NSW . We are in a severe drought and the landscape has taken on a strange appearance of desolation . Severe frosts have made things worse . The sky is cloudless . And the night has stars and planets as big and bright as DIAMONDS because there is no moisture in the atmosphere .

At the end of a cold dry day there is nothing better than to sit in front of a log fire and stare into the dancing flames . The colours in a fire are awesome ....red , yellow , blue, orange , copper green and black. My paintings are coloured like fire , never boring. They jump out at you . I rarely use drab tertiary colours or greys .

Most of my life has been spent working on properties in the Outback , doing stuff like mustering , shearing , wheat harvesting , welding and repairing tractors . I've done a bit of rodeo & wood choppin at Country Agriculture Shows including the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.

14 years ago , I met an old bloke who was landscape painting on the side of a road which runs from Cobar to Gunderbooka . I thought he was crazy standing out in the middle of nowhere under the hot sun . Any way he called himself a " plein air " artist who was trained at the Julian Ashton art school .

That afternoon he showed me the technique of oil painting . Up till then the only painting I ever did was slapping a few coats of Dulux on an old weatherboard cottage or the dog kennel.

My studio is a 100 year old wool shed loaded with character , space and freedom to create and not worry about getting paint on the floor boards.

( This shed is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a shearer who dropped dead on the job many years ago . Every now & then the ghost knocks over a jar of turps full of brushes or a painting off the easel or hides something from me . It could be the wind or a bush rat or my memory but I reckon its his ghost having some fun at my expence !!! ) .

Someone said I am a colourist which sounds right , in the Outback colours are rich and vibrant with amazing sunsets and sunrises which are reflected in my pallette .

My paintings are about Australia's people and the wild life, in big open landscapes where you can see for ever . Where flocks of birds , herds of camels, brumbies & lonely kangaroos roam free . And gum trees with their contorted shape , colour and size stand proud and free like ancient totems .

I have driven off the beaten track and seen the beauty and harshness of the Outback with its floods and droughts and bush fires . Watching people do all soughts of weird and wonderfull things as they go about their daily lives. Which ends up as scenes in my paintings.

For inspiration I listen to Rolling Stones & Keith Urban ( on full volume ...hell yeah !!) . With the help of a few glasses of Professor Penfolds or a can or three of icy cold Vitamin B . I rarely think about what images to make , just begin and let the paint tell a story .

Painting is like looking into a crystal ball and seeing the past , present & future. Its my dreamtime. It comes from the subconscious .

I use high quality French and Italian oil paint and the best Linseed oil.

And by the way , these paintings look much better in real life than in the photos. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them.

Your Artist in the bush ,

Little Heath .

P.S Every painting is signed and dated on the front lower left or right side. And in some instances some comments or a drawing on the reverse.

PPS , Bogan Gate where I live is out near Condobolin , in far West NSW.

PPPS : My Recipe for :

Winter Soup
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This is perfect tucker for a cold winter.

Get a Shoulder of lamb or hogget .

Back home in the kitchen chop it up into pieces . Then get a big soup saucepan in which you heat up a few spoonfulls of cooking oil , toss in the pieces with the bone . When meat has browned throw in vegetables from your garden patch such as a diced carrot , leek , a chopped up yam or sweet potato or some pumpkin plus a handfull of peas and some wild mushrooms from the paddock and any other vegetables you have in the garden but not tomatoes. Stir them around on high heat for a few minutes then fill saucepan with water. Throw in a handfull of barley or pasta .Bring to boil and let simmer for ten minutes . Then mix in two teaspoons of honey , one teaspoon of Sambal chilli paste , a slurp of fish sauce and salt to taste . Bring to boil and then let simmer on low heat for 40 minutes or more . Stir occasionally so it doesnt burn . The meat will fall off the bone . Laddle out into soup bowls . Serve with hot buttered toast and a glass of Penfolds Grange .

Tastes bloody brilliant and even better the next day.

You can also use 4 lamb shanks or a kilo of osso bucco or an ox tail or grab some kangaroo steaks from Woolies or Coles.

Bon appetite my friends !

Education

High School ,
Welders Certificate ,
School of hard knocks.

Exhibitions

Parks Memorial Hall , Orange Art Prize 2010, Bogan Gate Railway Arts.

Press

Western Div Rugby Finals 2005, Batchelor and Spinsters Ball , The Land 2015, Shearing at Sydneys Royal Easter Show .

Influences

Koori Artists : Albert Namatjira , Kudditji Kngwarreye

Australian :Arthur Boyd , Russel Drysdale , Nolan, Pro Hart,

Japanese : Hiroshige

100cm (W) x 77cm (H)
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$980
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$680
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$830
51cm (W) x 61cm (H)
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$510
41cm (W) x 51cm (H)
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$280
41cm (W) x 51cm (H)
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$360
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$480
90cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$500
46cm (W) x 60cm (H)
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$490
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$580