The painting depicts HMAS Adelaide(L01) and HMAS Canberra(L02) during the final stages of fitting out at the Williamstown Dockyards in 2014, as the sun sets behind these ships, symbolising the impending closure of this historic dockyard due to lack of on-going contracts.
In May 2014 I was returning to Docklands on the tall ship Enterprize, after a filming session near Sandringham. As we crossed Hobson’s Bay there was a brief period where the two Canberra Class Helicopter Landing Dock ships, of the Royal Australian Navy, were silhouetted against the setting sun. The ships were lying next to each other in opposite directions, giving the ‘banana’ boat type appearance. I took a series of photos hoping to eventually have a go at capturing the dramatic sky and dockyards in oils.
This painting depicts the Dragon class yacht Siena competing in one of the races in the 2017 Classic Yacht Association of Australia Cup Regatta, held at the RYCV. Siena is in a pursuit chase surfing the waves as she passes the yellow Tumlaren Dingo, and on the port side the Tumlaren Zephyr.
I had been invited by the skipper of Siena, to join the crew in this race, and it was a thrilling run as we chased the two Tumlarens, passing them shortly before we reached the next mark, and the beat back to the finish line.
Specifications – Dragon Class
Designed Johan Anker – Norway 1929
Crew 2 to 4
Draft 3ft 11in
Beam 6ft 5in
Impulse Dinghies have commenced their race at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne, as the Sabre dinghies manoeuvre at the start line, waiting for the starting signal, from Albert Sailing Club’s pontoon start boat, Ariel II, in Autumn 2017.
The painting was developed from my own experience of sailing on the lake and includes some of the active members boats of the time. The white buoy in the foreground is well known to the club members as the ‘yellow’ gate mark which is significant in the final stages of the race.
The single handed Impulse dinghy is a restricted one-design class, 4m in length, with a minimum weight of 47kg and a standard sail area of 7.8sqm. The dinghy was originally designed by Arthur Caldwell in Melbourne Australia during the mid-1970s as a home built plywood sports sailing dinghy that could be sailed on Port Philip Bay
The painting depicts the HMAS Sydney(FFG 03) an Adelaide class guided missile frigate which was launched in 1980 and decommissioned in 2015. She was the fourth ship with this name and operationally was involved in Australia’s responses to various conflicts including the Fijian coups d’état and the Bougainville uprising. She was also deployed on five occasions to the conflicts in the Persian Gulf.
I completed this painting in relation to an exhibition which had a theme ‘ The relationship between Humanity and the Sea’. When I heard that this ship was to be decommissioned I thought about all those sailors who had lived on the ship for a long period and how they felt about the decommissioning and loss of their ship, and water based home.
Class Adelaide class guided missile frigate
Displacement 4,100 tons
Speed 29 knots
(Painting developed with reference to several RAN photos)
Every one to two years Melbourne’s Topsail Schooner Enterprize is slipped at the Duke & Orr’s shipyard at Docklands. Prior to the slipping volunteers assist with much of the maintenance work including removing, checking and tarring running rigging; insitu checking and tarring of standing rigging; checking all the sails; scrapping and re-varnishing all spars, and many other jobs needed to ensure Enterprize looks and operates as well now as when she was launched in 1997. For further information refer to the Enterprize Web site.
I felt the mix of the traditional tall rigger, sitting amidst the solid horizontal support beams and the maze of vertical structures, including an elevated walkway, created an interesting painting composition.
Further details on the Enterprize are provided in some of the other paintings of that vessel
I was wandering along the waterfront at Lakes Entrance as the sun rose on a clear winter’s morning and felt I had to capture, in oils, the colours and reflections of these fishing boats.
This painting is based on an occasion when my youngest daughter was competing in some early rowing heats on the Barwon river in Geelong. It was early morning with sparkling water, and spectators just starting to arrive for the regatta.
In 1999 I sailed the Tophat sloop, Waitangi, with another crew member from Western Port Bay to Sandringham on Port Phillip Bay. We had 30knt easterlies which made for a fast sail along the coast with decent waves. The painting depicts the voyage as we near Port Phillip Heads with Port Nepean in the background.
This is a pretty little carvel sailing dinghy that was moored at Mordialloc Creek near Melbourne. It was in excellent condition and added to the beauty of this waterfront vista
This is a another view of the pretty little carvel sailing dinghy that was moored at Mordialloc Creek near Melbourne. It was in excellent condition and added to the beauty of this waterfront vista