Winning work in CQU Creates!

Last Saturday evening, Carmen was announced as the recipient of the CQU Creates Award for 2019.  Carmen’s award winning collage and mixed media art work references the Woolwash Reserve situated on the Tropic of Capricorn,  just a few kilometres south of Rockhampton in Central Queensland.  The Central Queensland University has also purchased this piece to … Continue reading

Well travelled art work.

It is interesting to work out how many kilometres each piece travels during it’s exhibiting lifetime.  Some paintings travel long distances and visit several destinations, while other paintings are sold on their very first viewing.  Some can be exhibited over several exhibitions and then take out a major prize when least expected.

Carmen and I have had some small successes in the last 6 months with our work being selected in different exhibitions, so our paintings have been travelling up and down the coast as well as inland to hang on regional art gallery walls.

In mid March I was advised, my painting titled ‘Katherine Gorge – NT’ had been selected as a finalist in the 2019 John Villiers Outback Art Prize, so this painting travelled 1,360 km to reach the gallery wall in Winton and is due to do the return journey any day now.


Carmen Beezley-Drake “Dawn at the Dry” Dam, oil on canvas


Both Carmen and I exhibited in the Mackay Art on Show 2019 with Carmen receiving a Commended award with her painting ‘The Dry Dam’. This painting had previously been exhibited in our joint exhibition in Brisbane in February, so it had travelled 1,230 km to and from Brisbane before making the journey to Mackay, another 336 km north of Rockhampton and then returned to Rockhampton, a total of 1,900 km. Let’s not even discuss the costs of sending work all around the state.

Carmen Beezley-Drake ‘Track to the Bore’ oil on canvas


Other news is that Carmen had her painting ‘Tracks to the Bore’ selected in the Bayton Awards 2019 at the Rockhampton Art Gallery and having not travelled outside Rockhampton, this glorious new painting, sold, with a total travelling distance of only a few kilometres.

You just never know what journey you or your art will take.

Joanne and Carmen

‘Views and Vistas’ – Art Exhibition

Carmen’s and my first art showing for 2019 has finished and we were very pleased with the results.  The gallery space worked well, with lots of visitors coming through daily. Some were art lovers, some overseas visitors and others were garden lovers strolling through the gorgeous Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. And finally we did well … Continue reading

Ending and Beginnings

Carmen and I had a great year of art in 2018, that ended with us both exhibited in the Rio Tinto Martin Hansen Art Awards 2018 in Gladstone. This was especially memorable as out of all the paintings exhibited, our work was hung  side by side. A new year with 2019 and we are off … Continue reading

Finalists all around.

It has been a great couple of weeks with art exhibitions and competitions.  My painting, ‘Mt Morgan Dam No. 7’, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Clayton Utz Art Award. The Award offers a $20,000 winner’s prize and exhibition space for the finalists and is awarded to an outstanding artwork by a Queensland-based … Continue reading

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

Spectacular art!

The 2018 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular is held this year in the iconic Central Plaza One building in Queen Street in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. This will be the 39th annual Rotary Art Spectacular, and to quote their website, “it is Queensland’s largest and most prestigious annual art exhibition. It has raised almost $2 million for Brisbane … 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

Artists Conversation

Carmen and I had our ‘Artist Conversation’ at our Visual Fragments exhibition at the Rockhampton Art Gallery last Saturday (3 February 2018) and were delighted to see so many visitors who came along. It was a very wet day in Rockhampton, but even that didn’t stop our keen audience from attending.  We were pleased with … Continue reading

Fragmented glimpses!

Visual Fragments: New work by Carmen Beezley-Drake and Joanne Kerr explores personal memories associated with place. Drawing on familiar scenes and fractured memories, the artists re-cast Rockhampton’s built and natural environments in watercolour, acrylic and collage. This is the opening statement  from the Rockhampton Art Gallery website for our new exhibition ‘Visual Fragments’.  The exhibition opened … Continue reading