I wish to thank my art teachers, established artists who have shared their practical knowledge with insight, generosity and assisted my journey as an artist, particularly those from my recent classes at the Art Students League of New York. Beneficial instruction was taken from Karen O’Neil, Pat Lipsky, Larry Poons, John Parks and Timothy Clark.
My sincere gratitude to my 1970’s pre-teaching service lecturers, particularly William Robinson AO, and the now departed and much missed Betty Churcher AO, who have gone on to become beacons on the Australian Visual Arts scene. Their enthusiasm, commitment and approaches to painting and drawing were absorbed wholeheartedly as a teenager.
In 2014 and 2015 I had the privilege of taking life-drawing classes with Yvonne Audette. I took a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne each fortnight where she held a three-hour class at the Hawthorne Arts Centre. It was customary after class that Yvonne and I would chat briefly and she would set me to seek out her paintings to study particular aspects of painting. I visited Audette’s agent, the Moss Green Gallery that held her work in their boardroom and stock room, and visited the National Gallery of Victoria. The work gave me an awareness of its tactility, the careful placement of every palette knife and brush stroke, and how she achieved the characteristic pulsating forward from the centre. I am very grateful to Yvonne for her nurture of my interest in painting. Yvonne Audette studied at the Art Students League of New York in the 1950s and mingled with Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline among other notables. Audette is described by the Sydney Morning Herald as, “Australia’s best Abstract Expressionist” (August 20, 2016).