Graham has worked in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and mixed media since 1966.
His main oeuvre is landscapes and seascapes but in the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize his oil painting of “Silver Steve”, a human statue in Queen St Mall was one of 200 semi finalists out of 1200 entries Australia wide. Out of 467 art awards he has received 168 First Prizes including 61 Acquisitive awards.
His works are predominantly vignettes of life, usually from the many countries he has visited over the course of his career. Graham likes to paint his work on site and then return to his studio and develop the studies into much larger works.
He has held workshops in all mediums in Qld, S.A., N.S.W., Tasmania and Western Australia and has tutored at the Bunbury Regional Gallery, Tweed River Regional Gallery and Bundaberg Regional Gallery.
Over the last 20 years he has contributed over 100 articles including a monthly “Art Tips” column that ran for 5 years in the Australian Artist magazine.
His TV programme “Arts Masterclass” shown over 12 episodes on Briz 31, has been aired in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and he also ran a twice weekly art tips segment on Bay FM radio, Brisbane for 9 months.
His work is in the collections of Sunshine Coast Regional Gallery and Pine Rivers Gallery in Queensland and in 2000 Government House, Paddington Qld commissioned 6 watercolours for their permanent collection that depicted the estate.
Judging engagements have included Hervey Bay Art Awards, Mt Isa, Blackwater, Bell, Gatton, Beenleigh, Redlands, Redcliffe, Gold Coast, Watercolour Society of Queensland and MacGregor Lions 2018.
His watercolour and acrylic sketch books done in Italy, Tahiti and Thailand with many of these images reproduced in articles in the “Australian Artist” magazine.
In 2004 he became a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia. In 2005 Graham received a scholarship from the Pastel Society of America in New York. Arts Queensland proivded him with a travel grant to undertake this study.
In 2015 Royal Queensland Art Society awarded him a Fellowship to the Society for his services to art and he was invited to exhibit at “Fabriano in Acquarello” Watercolour Convention 3-7th May, 2018 and his work appeared alongside 1400 paintings with artists from 70 countries in the prestigeous world’s largest watercolour event at Fabriano in Italy where they have been manufacturing watercolour paper for centuries. Again in 2019 he was one of only 24 artists selected from Australia to include his watercolour in a catalogue of 1500 artists worldwide at Fabriano, Italy.
In 2019 Graham joined Urban Sketchers, Brisbane to enjoy plein air painting.
I did my first watercolour in 1966 and soon after I did my first oil with a palette knife of Gininderra Falls in Canberra in 1968.
While living in the Blue Mountains, I did a lot of plein air watercolours of old churches and landscapes.
After moving to Queensland in 1970, I only painted sporadically until the 1990’’s when I seriously began watercolours.
In 2000 I became a full time artist, so I returned to oil painting as well as adding acrylics and pastels to my repertoire.
Becoming a teacher of all mediums meant I had to study my approach in depth to simplify my teaching engagements and amass a deep seated knowledge and skill across all mediums and most genres so that not only could I impart my knowledge, but do so with complete confidence.
The only way to build this was by time spent, not only at the easel, but enjoying plein air painting that I have done not only all around Australia but visiting Tahiti, USA and twice to Italy and Thailand has given me the excitement to paint a whole variety of scenes and landscapes.
Some nights I get so enthralled with the image I have in my mind I can’t go to sleep and quite often I have got up at 2-4am to start on my work. At any one time I have many paintable images buzzing around my brain.
I hope my enthusiasm and joy of painting shows in all of my work so that the viewer can get the same pleasure as I did when I created it.