Brown cardboard and packaging tape.

Winter seems to be a popular time for art competitions and exhibitions in Queensland, with quite a few in June and July.  Perhaps it is directly related to the beautiful winter skies and tourists visiting the regional areas.   At any rate, I seem to be in a whirl of packaging tape and cardboard at present. … Continue reading


May is a big month for Art competitions in the Brisbane area, with the 2018 Moreton Bay Art Awards and the 2018 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular  both attracting entries from hundreds of artists from around the country. My art work titled ‘Ubirr Escarpment- NT’ and Carmen’s work titled ‘Dawn at the Dry Dam’ were both … Continue reading

Something Sweet!

Cakes and more cakes! I have just finished a commission for a friend. Not something that I usually do, that is, commission work or the subject matter. I have tried to keep it colourful and fun while using collage mixed media. The large grey lines you see on the surface are depictions of the huge beaters … Continue reading

Ready to hang!

Carmen and I have been very busy these last few weeks, completing works for our exhibition titled “Visual Fragments: New work by Carmen Beezley-Drake and Joanne Kerr”. It has been an exhausting time completing the work, but rewarding to see it all together. We had several deadlines to meet- the first was last Friday 17th November … Continue reading

New Exhibition in January 2018

Our exhibition titled ‘Fragmented Images’ at the Rockhampton Art Gallery in Central Queensland has been confirmed for January 2018.  While we are thrilled, after the long wait we have had, now the real work begins. We have deadlines that are a bit scary – all art work to be delivered by mid- November. So we … Continue reading

Westerly wins bring good fortune!

  Carmen and I have both been fortunate enough to have been awarded prizes at the 25th Barcaldine Art Show. If you are interested, it is worth checking out their Facebook page, where they have some great photos of the night and the town itself.  Carmen was awarded 1st prize in section 1- Painting oil … Continue reading

Drawn from the Territory!

I have recently had lovely time with collage, watercolours and pencil among other media working up larger more complete drawings from the quick sketches done in the Northern Territory. This drawing is of Ubirr Rock escarpment, looking towards it from the road as you drive into the site. Some of the most amazing rock art … Continue reading

Sketches from the North

Carmen and I have had 6 wonderful days travelling with family around Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks with a wonderful cruise down Katherine Gorge the highlight for me. We have tried to sketch as we travel but with time restraints it was mainly from the car. So brief and sketchy was the go.

Fragmented views

A few snap shots of work that Carmen and I are doing at present. We are exploring visual images and memories of our environment and region, and allowing ourselves to respond to the subject matter.  The idea is to pursue these works with a view to an exhibition.  A long way to go, but it is interesting … Continue reading

Art camp!

It has been quite a while since my last post. Not sure this is a good thing or bad, Carmen and I have both been busy with our art and life in general tends to rush by. But needed to post about our great 11 days at Cooee Bay Art workshop on the Capricorn Coast. This is an art workshop that has been taking place for 35 years with many of our leading Australian artists tutoring along side Bela Ivani the founding tutor.  While  Carmen has been in attendance from the beginning, missing only a few over the years, this was my first time.  With Bela Ivani unable to attend due to illness, we had David Fairbairn (Sydney artist and Dobell Prize winner) along with Terry O’Donnell (a fellow Sydney artist) in attendance.  The workshop centred on portraiture and figure work and working predominately with drawing materials. Four days starting into

Carmen with her work

Carmen with her work

Joanne with her work.

Joanne with her work.

a mirror as we worked on self portraits certainly was more than I like looking at them. With about 30 other artists from around Australia, it was a great learning experience. The tutors setup great learning experiences, with plenty of feedback and motivating chats discussing artists and art that related to work that was being done.

Was also a lovely time to spend with my mum doing what we both enjoyed. Some of the time it was frustrating but always fun with a very friendly and supportive group of artists. We just have to keep the momentum rolling now.