Greybeard Art

Greybeard Art

Queensland | 14 artworks for sale

The nickname was first used by my uncle when I was in a youth. The years of that young stockman and dozer driver are today a distant memory. I was... Read more
  • scotchie's knob and cattle creek painting greybeard art
    Scotchie's Knob and Cattle Creek
    Painting / 40.5 x 51 cm
  • cania hillside painting greybeard art
    Cania Hillside
    Painting / 40 x 50 cm
  • cania escarpment 4 painting greybeard art
    Cania Escarpment 4
    Painting / 36 x 53.5 cm
  • tall trees painting greybeard art
    Tall Trees
    Painting / 30.5 x 40.5 cm
  • cania escarpment 2 painting greybeard art
    Cania Escarpment 2
    Painting / 40.5 x 50.5 cm
  • cania escarpment 1 painting greybeard art
    Cania Escarpment 1
    Painting / 40.5 x 50.5 cm
  • blacksoil saplings painting greybeard art
    Blacksoil Saplings
    Painting / 61 x 76 cm
  • steep ascent painting greybeard art
    Steep Ascent
    Painting / 46 x 61 cm
  • along the edge painting greybeard art
    Along the Edge
    Painting / 41 x 51 cm
  • the bunyip hole painting greybeard art
    The Bunyip Hole
    Painting / 40 x 30 cm
  • along the nogo (rawbelle) painting greybeard art
    Along the Nogo (Rawbelle)
    Painting / 50 x 40 cm
  • the three moon (cliff creek) painting greybeard art
    The Three Moon (Cliff Creek)
    Painting / 40 x 60 cm
  • black gully painting greybeard art
    Black Gully
    Painting / 40 x 50 cm
  • topaz ridge painting greybeard art
    Topaz Ridge
    Painting / 40 x 71 cm
  • cania escarpment 3 painting greybeard art
    Cania Escarpment 3
    Painting / 40.5 x 50.5 cm
  • bonnie doon painting greybeard art
    Bonnie Doon
    Painting / 40 x 50 cm
  • hillside with bottle trees painting greybeard art
    Hillside With Bottle Trees
    Painting / 30.5 x 40.5 cm
The nickname was first used by my uncle when I was in a youth. The years of that young stockman and dozer driver are today a distant memory.

I was born in country Queensland and spent my early childhood on a cattle property situated along the Nogo River. As a five-year-old, I would go out into the paddocks with my father and the vastness of the country, the river, the granite boulders, the huge bluegums and black ironbarks, all made an indelible impression.

I'm a mainly self taught artist and I'm inspired by the works of Fred Williams and Arthur Boyd. I work in oils on canvas and now paint as 'Greybeard' that harsh country that is so familiar to me.

Which new trends or Australian artists do you find inspiring at the moment? A young artist I find inspiring is Dan Kyle, for his use of colour and the way he simplifies.

Which Australian deceased artist do you most admire and why? I admire Fred Williams for his unique way of interpreting the Australian landscape.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why? An exhibition of small pencil sketches by Tom Roberts had a great impact on me. They were spontaneous studies that were so full of energy.

Where do you get your inspiration for your work? I travel out into the country. As I drive along a particular dirt road there's a place where you get a spectacular view of the sandy Nogo River ahead and that always excites me. I feel a strong connection to that landscape and I love going back.

Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about? I don't have any that I'm aware of. I don't even use a single process. I'm always trying new ways of representing the same landscape.

What do you like most about being an artist? I think it changes the way that you see. Whenever I look at things, I'm mentally painting. Often I'll see something as I'm driving that will trigger an urgency to get back to my studio to start a new painting.

How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block? I will just take a break and do something else. I like to go outside and do something physical, like digging holes to add to my little 'plantation' of thirty Moringa trees.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date? The painting I can see in my mind whenever I start on a new work is going to be my greatest achievement, if I can only get it onto the canvas ha ha.

Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how? I have some strong views and concerns about the state of the world at the moment, especially for the young.

What are your plans for the coming year? I'm intending to return to the old Rawbelle township site on the Nogo to do some more metal detecting and will also be sketching.