Australian How To Paint

Writing to Myself using a Brush

Michael Hodgkins grew up with an exhibiting professional landscape artist, George Hodgkins, as his father. George took every opportunity he could to travel Australia in order to gather reference material and subjects for painting. He spent a lot of time on painting trips throughout coastal and outback Australia, and Michael was usually there too, helping his father.

Inevitably, he emulated his father, as children do, and by age 10 had acquired his first set of adult Oil Paints. “I was basically copying my Dad’s style as best I could because that’s all I knew. I would produce small naïve oil landscapes and Mum would put them in the Gallery we had and they would sell,” he explained.

As a young adult, painting was put aside and Michael’s career path took him into the television industry. Various jobs involved operating cameras, film projectors, video tape machines and audio/video mixing desks.

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