Life after retirement …a whole new world!

Meet artist Fred Bullen 

“When we moved to Tallwoods  from Lake Macquarie , my wife suggested we learn to play golf. Not having a sporting bone in my body, I quickly decided that getting back into art looked like a really attractive idea.  So, I joined the local Senior Citizens art classes at Black Head and felt at sense of belonging with this group of enthusiastic amateurs.  We learnt off each other and visiting ‘real artists’ like Ron Davis inspired me.  I went on to join the Great Lakes Art Society in Forster and regularly attended lessons with local and visiting tutors.  Again, the social interaction with fellow artists added another dimension to learning how to paint so I found myself on the Management Committee helping out with publicity and fundraising.  My artistic skills developed quickly under the guidance of competent local artists like Vicki Bullard who give up their painting time to teach.  In addition, I participated in workshops at the Lake Street Gallery run by visiting tutors in quite diverse artistic media and subjects.

Where to see Fred’s Work

I find more people now see my work in cafés, regional art exhibitions and on social media. My preference is to stage solo exhibitions at regional galleries, where I can meet and talk to visitors.

That opportunity is one of the great spin-offs from having my work where people can see it and ask me what, where and why a painting came into existence.

That’s also the reason why I have expanded my home studio, to now include a gallery where I can hang over 30 paintings. There will also be artworks by fellow artisans in the immediate area . Visitors are welcome to drop in every first Sunday of the month without appointment and at other times after a phone call. The gallery is located at 5 Lake View Way, Tallwoods Village, and my phone number is 0414 839 550.”

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