IT’S a torrid love affair that has lasted almost 40 years and his passion is not about to stop, artist Patrick Carroll said this week.
“I always call paining a demanding mistress, she has to be kept warm at all times,” he said.
The Bathurst artist first begun painting in 1973 and since then has created countless artworks that depict his love of the Australian landscape.
In the lead up to his exhibition Between Two Flags set to open tomorrow, Mr Carroll said his exhibition reveals the passionate affair he has with painting.
Included in the exhibition are the landscapes of Orange, Bathurst, Sofala, Hill End, The Blue Mountains, Tasmania, Sydney and Hawkesbury, featured alongside European scenes, particularly those in France.
“I’ve always had a love affair with Paris and France,” he said.
Around 20 artworks will be on display at the exhibition with the public invited along to see his works.
“It’s a fair representation of both countries, a series of Paris night scenes to landscapes,” he said.
Along with painting Mr Carroll dabbles in creating metal sculptures, drawing and photography.
“I have a go at every part of the arena but painting is my first love,” he said.
Mr Carroll now resides in the central coast of NSW but said he was looking forward to presenting the exhibition to his home area.
“It’s always nice to have a reason to drive to the country,” he said.
The exhibition will be open from 11am to 5pm today today, until Monday, October 1, at 52 Green Lane, Orange.
Artworks can also be viewed by appointment only from Tuesday, October 2, to Sunday, October 9.
The community is also invited to meet Mr Carroll at the exhibition from 6pm to 9pm tonight.