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After completing 3 years of study at the National Art School and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Painting in 2015

I have relocated to the South Coast of NSW and established a new studio at Woodhill Mountain just outside Berry.

Please contact me via my contact page details for Print Orders and to arrange viewings of new art work and that which is currently displayed on this web site.

Italy – Sabbatical

Spring and Summer has seen a steady stream of visitors to the gallery which has been open every Saturday from 10am till 6pm.

Feedback has been positive with people commenting on "enjoying something different."

Now its time to recharge the creative batteries with a sabbatical to Italy... and a visit to the waterways of Venice.

The Gallery will reopen in Spring.

Meanwhile enjoy browsing the site and viewing my work in the various galleries.

I am returning from Europe on June 1st. Feel free to arrange a viewing by appointment... just contact me on my mobile 040 999 0514 or by email from the contact page.


Waterborne Images Gallery opens for Spring, Summer '08 – '09

As of October 1st, 2008

Waterborne Images Gallery will open on Saturdays from 10 – 6 pm and at other times by appointment.

Drop into my gallery and working studio to view the wide range of drawings, paintings and prints on show.

To preview some of the work that will be on show click on this link.

Opens: Sat 4th October

Hours: Saturdays 10am – 6pm

Address: 4/142a Mullens St. Balmain
Contact Rowan on 040 999 0514



"A Boat is the Vessel of the Soul"

March '08 saw the opening of my third solo exhibition "A Boat is the Vessel of the Soul" at the Depot 2 Gallery at the exciting new art precinct in Danks St Waterloo.

The converted industrial space with its high ceilings, old roof trusses and patina enhanced the paintings which explored...
"the feeling of working on a boat and its amazing presence when it emerges from the water. The slipway's raw gritty experience is reflected in the texture and layering of the works"


Sail into Summer opens 17th November 2007

Sail into summer and visit the Waterborne Images Gallery and view the original artworks and fine art prints that will be on show. A selection of the work will be available at reduced prices.

Following on the successful Waterborne 2 Exhibition at the Mary Place Gallery in June, I made the decision to secure a space that gave me a bigger studio that allows me to work on a larger scale as well as providing a venue where I can hold occasional exhibitions.

The Waterborne Images Print Collection will be on permanent display and can be viewed by appointment... to arrange, call Rowan on 0404 999 0514.

It has been a busy few months getting the space cleaned, painted and fitted with a lighting and hanging system. Now its time to celebrate!!!

Wayne painting the galleryRowan in the new studio

Located in Balmain, Sydney’s original working waterfront suburb the Waterborne Images Gallery is well worth a visit. I look forward to seeing you there.

Those people purchasing original artwork can take them away with them the same day.


New Exhibition “Waterborne 2” opens June 20th 2007

I am very pleased to announce that “Waterborne 2” a new exhibition of my work will open at the Mary Place Gallery in Paddington in June.

Sailing imagery....including vintage skiff racing, twilight racing and off shore cruising are the new directions in the show.

My interest in the “working waterfront” continues with an emphasis on the fishing boats of Leichhardt Bay and a series on the notorious freighter “Pong Su” that was tied up for several years in Snails Bay before being scuttled.

The exhibition runs over 2 floors with new drawings, water colours and oils on the ground floor.

A range of Waterborne Images prints that again focus on classic boating, sailing and the working waterfront can be viewed on the second floor.

These fine art prints on canvas and paper are contemporary in feel and relate strongly to the colour and activity of Sydney Harbour.

The imagery is drawn from my archive as seen on this web site.

I look forward to seeing you at the show.


Jacobs Ladder"Jacob's Ladder" Selected as Finalist, 2006

A large charcoal drawing on gesso plywood entitled "Jacob's Ladder" was selected as one of 5 finalists in the ANL Maritime Art Prize held at Seaman's Mission, Docklands Victoria.

The work shows the seldom seen and hazardous manoeuvre of a pilot going aboard a ship. I chose this subject matter in response to the competitions brief of depicting Humankind and the Sea - the Mariners Craft.


"Myoora - Diesel Maintenance" at Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, 2006

Myoora Diesel MaintenanceA mixed media work entitled "Myoora - Diesel Maintenance" was selected for hanging in the inaugural Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize at Croydon, Sydney by Hendrick Kolenberg curator of Prints and drawings at the Art gallery of NSW.

This is a drawing about the engine on my boat, "Myoora" a 27' wooden vessel. Both boat and engine have absorbed many hours of my time in their restoration.

The engine with its various parts and fluids struck me as being a metaphor for the human body as I worked on it. I explored the visual characteristics of the parts through a series of sketches that led to this work. It was a wonderful moment when the engine burst back to life after almost a year of being in bits.


Waterborne Images Launched, March 2006

Festival Darling HarbourFestival Darling Harbour March 2006 saw an enthusiastic public response to the launch of Waterborne Images at the Sydney Wooden Boat Festival held at the National Maritime Museum, in Darling Harbour, Sydney.


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