Artist in focus: Tony Pye takes you through his journey in art

Tony Pye at the MACS Studios, 24 Glasshouse Rocks Road painting the sapphire seas of the Nature Coast.
Tony Pye at the MACS Studios, 24 Glasshouse Rocks Road painting the sapphire seas of the Nature Coast.

ARTIST IN FOCUS: By Dianne Pye, for her husband and MACS member, Tony Pye.

Tony was brought up in a small village in Staffordshire, England.

Although he only dabbled in Drawing at school Tony was offered a place in the local Art College and an Army Music College.

This was because he had dabbled in music playing Cornet in the local Brass Band.

However, coming from a Mining Village with little money in the household, his parents refused both offers and Tony became an Apprentice Mechanic so that he could bring home a pay packet.

He migrated to Australia but did not have the opportunity to take up Art (and Music) again, until he moved to our beautiful South Coast and joined MACS 15 years ago.

He started in Oils then realised there was so much more to learn, with new mediums to experiment with, so he joined Margaret Morans classes.

Tony became adept in watercolour, acrylics, acrylic Inks, and mixed medium, taking his inspiration from nature - seascapes, landscapes, snowscapes, trees, sunsets, memories from books ... and more recently a little different style in acrylics, using a palette knife, ending with something from his mind that he didn't actually have intentions of when he started.

This new style is proving popular, so do come and see Tony's exhibition at the Narooma Library from September 9 until September 28. With a special Library Floor Talk on Thursday, September 19, between 5pm-6pm, with refreshments served. All art lovers are welcome!

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