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On the Way to Phi Phi


On the way to Phi Phi.



Artist and Architect, Hugh Walker, lives in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia. His work is predominately traditional Landscape Paintings in Oils. When time permits he also enjoys producing work in both Abstract and Cubist styles.


Hugh has been passionate about his art since he was old enough to pick up a pencil and begin drawing. He has worked with pencil, charcoal, watercolour and many other mediums but his preferred medium is oil paints.


Hugh is also passionate about the environment and has always enjoyed painting ‘Grand Landscapes’ of places where man has had little or no impact.


“It is hard to avoid the impact that mankind has on the environment. My fear is that there will not be any of these places left one day. I have concerns about mankind and the terrible attitudes individuals have towards taking everything from the planet without giving anything back. My painting in a sense is a tribute to the environment and my admiration for it.”






Fingal Spit, Early Morning


Fingal Spit, early Morning.





Snorkelling the Rock Ao Nui


Snorkelling the Rock, Ao Nui.


Hugh’s passion for painting and the environment are a clue to his depths as a person:


“I am an ambitious and hardworking person.  I do not want to see myself go backwards. I want to continue to develop my art until the day I die. I enjoy the challenge of the next painting and I enjoy finding endless sources of inspiration. Each new work should be better than the last, in some way. I also want to become a fulltime artist in studio, painting full time for as long as I can. This inspires me because I know how much I could achieve and advance as an artist. So to achieve this I need to continue to paint as much as I can; developing my style and technique and, very importantly, getting my name out there by entering major art prizes and pursuing gallery exhibitions.”


Ed. “Given your drive, Hugh, how do you relax?”


Hugh: “Painting provides a great escape from the stresses and realities of the modern world. Painting in the studio gives me a great sense of freedom and peace. I enjoy showing people, through my art, the beautiful and special places that have inspired me to paint and that have evoked emotion in me.”





The Pinacle without the tourists, James Bond Island


The Pinnacle without the tourists, James Bond Island.





Late Afternoon, Capetree Valley


Late Afternoon, Capetree Valley.


Ed. “Does it have to be quiet while you work?”


Hugh: “I always enjoy playing music while I paint. For some reason painting and music go hand in hand? I have a large play list on my computer with a variety of music ranging from Elgar, the Soundtrack to Gladiator, heavy metal, rock, pop and everything between. I don’t like to chip away at an artwork. I like to be consumed by it and need to spend hours and hours. I am also lucky that Penny is very supportive of my art. She knows I enjoy spending hours painting and understands the complexities of living with an artistic person. I could happily paint all day, every day. Time seems to disappear when you paint.”


Ed. “So, where does the inspiration come from?”


Hugh: “Inspiration is a funny thing that can come from anywhere at any time. As an artist I analyse everything around me all the time. One thought takes me to another. Sometimes I wonder if I can ever switch off. I am inspired by the grand landscapes, combining light, space, and composition. I am inspired by the idea of the frontier, the edge of the world, where nature still commands respect and where man has minimal impact. On the edge of the known world the landscape is untamed and wild and provides true inspiration.”




Dry creek sunshine, outback South Australia


Dry creek sunshine, outback South Australia.





View from the top, Tomaree


View from the top, Tomaree.



Ed. “Did you find any Mentors along the way, who guided you to where you are now?”


Hugh: “During my primary school years I had a wonderful teacher named Mr Petchell. He was a lovely bloke who loved painting and recognised my emerging skills. We painted local scenes around Gulgong. That was the first time I painted with acrylics. During those early years I recognised the difficulty of painting but also the rewards. During the same years, a class was organised for talented students and we received lessons from an artist named Peter Leota. He was a local landscape painter and also a lovely man. I painted my first landscape in acrylic and thought it was wonderful. He recognised my talent and it felt very rewarding. Peter continued to take an interest in my painting throughout my schooling years. It wasn’t until I was 17 that I took up oils for the first time; I automatically loved painting in this medium. I enjoyed the texture and consistency of the medium, and liked the fact that it didn’t dry straight away.”


Ed. “What advice would you give to aspiring artists?”


Hugh: “Work as hard as you can and never give up. Always be true to your creative abilities and pursue a career in that direction. Many artists end up studying other subjects and working jobs to make a living at the sacrifice of their work. As you get older, you realise you really need to do what makes you happy. There is no substitute for that.”





A Turn in the Path


A Turn in the Path.





Afternoon on Lawson Creek, Mudgee


Afternoon on Lawson Creek, Mudgee.



Cold Morning Dr Wilsons Hill, Braidwood


Cold morning Dr Wilson’s Hill, Braidwood.





Nobby's early morning 2


Nobby’s early morning 2.



Late Afternoon Light


Late Afternoon Light.



Mornington Sunset


Mornington Sunset.



Rocky Water Hole Mudgee


Rocky Water Hole, Mudgee.



Entrance to the Port, from Tomaree


Entrance to the Port, from Tomaree.



Bilong Ol Hap Isurava - Their Place, Isurava


Bilong Ol Hap Isurava – Their Place, Isurava.




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