John Blackley

I started painting classes at the Brisbane Institute of Art in 2007. I mostly work in acrylics and water mixable oils.  I like to explore various topics including natural and urban landscapes as well as animals. Most of my reference material is local and or familiar and my architectural background also tends to influence my work. I aim to achieve an impressionistic character involving a loose quality of painting. I have been awarded prizes at the Bluewater Festival, Brookfield Art Show and Expressions in Sandgate.

This collection was inspired by a stand of melaleuca trees by a lagoon on the Upper Noosa River. The foreground consisted of long grasses with black based trees growing out of the water and also reflecting the blue sky above. The lagoon took up the middle ground and the grasses on the far bank formed the background. The upstanding trees created a beautiful rhythm and work well with a landscape format canvas.

These smaller pieces are featured together with some lovely green hues in common. The lilies are inspired by some discovered amongst the everglades in the Cooloola region whilst paddling. The Jacaranda blossoms on Little Yabba Creek at Imbil revealed themselves whilst in a kayak. The magpie geese are so striking and majestic and can be seen all over the northern tropics including Sandgate.

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