John Thom

After a successful career in the banking and financial industry, John was rewarded by Macquarie University with an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his services to the financial community.

When retiring early due to open heart surgery in 1992, John returned to his love of art that started at the age of 11 when he was painting portraits and cartooning for a local newspaper. He put down his brushes at 12 and did not pick them up again until he reached his 60’s.

John enjoys several trips each year painting the people and places in the deep outback, using both oils and acrylics.

He stepped down as President of the Society after serving six years in that role but has continued his support taking on the management of the web site.

John has been elected as a life member.

John Thom

Phillip Budge

Phil has been painting since 1990 and has a passion for ‘en plein air’ in oils. The majority of his work is done in the field. He also paints in pastels and has been awarded prizes in both mediums.

He was previously the President of C.R.A.S for the five years, and is a life member of the Society.

Phil Budge

Phil Budge

Trevor Davis

Trevor Davis has been a member since 1986 and has served on the committee most of this time in positions such as treasurer and secretary. He is a life member

Trevor studied drawing at the Julian Ashton Art School for several years and then studied tonal painting in the Max Meldrum style for six years under the late Graeme Inson. He is a staunch admirer of the work of Elioth Gruner, Walter Sickert and Meldrum style painters such as Clarice Beckett and the now retired Br Don Gallagher, author of the book ‘See It! Paint It!’.

Trevor prefers the challenge of capturing the fleeting impression of landscape by plein air painting and welcomes the company of others.

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Lesley Rogers

Lesley came to Australia in 1958 and has been exhibiting throughout her life. She has received numerous prizes, has exhibited at the Royal Easter show, City of Ryde Art Society and Ku-ring-gai Art Society as well as several joint exhibitions. Her works are part of collections in Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.

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Jeanette Watson

hpqscan0001 (1)Jeanette’s studies in art began with a scholarship at the National Art School in 1955, studying watercolour landscape and oil portraiture with Fred Bates, RAS 1990’s. She has attended many workshops since then and works in oils, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, pastels and other drawing mediums.

Jeanette likes to exhibit in group exhibitions, mainly with art societies, and has won many prizes over the years.

Though most of her work is based on realism she enjoys working with abstraction. She is a member of several art societies and drawing groups apart from the City of Ryde Art Society.