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Ray Seddon

Location: Gosnells



Purchasing from this artist

You can phone the artist on 0427 968 944 to arrange payment and collection from the studio in Gosnells. Alternately free delivery may be arranged within the metro area; or by post, enquire about cost.

Artist bio

I am in my seventies, retired and live in Gosnells, Western Australia with my wife Jenny, our second son (who is Down Syndrome) and four rescue cats. We have two grandchildren from our eldest son.

My love of painting was inherited from my mother - she painted horses and buildings beautifully. I didn’t, however, inherit her skill in depicting horses.

I started painting oil land and seascapes in the 1970s. I am self-taught and (although I have a different style) I was inspired and encouraged by the renowned landscapist, Henry McLaughlin, who was at that time a work colleague. In those days Henry and I sold paintings on weekends at open-air art exhibitions; mainly the Kalamunda and Hyde Park art shows.

In 1978 we moved onto a farm at Jacup, near Jerramungup, which is on the south coast between Albany and Ravensthorpe. Our farm was bounded by the Fitzgerald River National Park, a unique and very scenic area that includes Point Ann, now a whale-watching centre.

I continued painting while on the farm and Jenny became an expert framer. I exhibited in the annual local show’s art section and won People’s Choice for three consecutive years.  

During this period I was approached with a request to teach oil painting night classes as a Tafe Extension Course. I enjoyed teaching this course, passing on the home-spun techniques I had developed over the years, and I collected a good following of local painters, who I hope have continued on with their painting.

I also completed several commissions from local farmers. The most memorable was an internal mural painted on a landing overlooking a large living area, The mural was painted on a plaster wall and measured five metres long and one and a half metres high. I spent a week painting from scaffolding, using quality oil-based house paints mixed with artists oils.

I recently learned that the farm had been sold and when the new owners decided to renovate and were considering removing the mural, the Shire objected on heritage grounds as the scene was of a view of Bremer Bay that no longer exists. I don’t know the outcome but would like to think my mural is still there.

Through the 1980s I exhibited at the Montemarte Gallery in Piccadilly Arcade in Perth, where I sold many large paintings of rural scenes through the gallery.   

We moved back to Perth in the late 90s and I didn’t paint for 22 years as I pursued a public service career until I retired in 2017.

Then, in 2020, COVID-19 came along and during the lock-down, after a break of 32 years, I started painting again. I have continued to paint as I enjoy spending a day in my makeshift ‘studio’ in the patio. I paint on commercial canvas boards, or the textured side of masonite boards, primed with three coats of oil or water-based undercoat.

I like to complete a painting in one sitting; usually spending the most part of a day, adding final touches, sometimes later that night or the following day. 

I use mainly oils but also paint in acrylics. I am enjoying painting in my latter years. It is especially satisfying and gives me great pleasure when other people also appreciate my work. 


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