Trees draw capital interest

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Trees draw capital interest

FAMILY and friends travelled from Malcolm Pettigrove’s home city of Canberra to view his exhibition at Fish Creek recently.

The Root and Branch – The Trees of Brown Valley show featured a superb collection of fine pen drawings, depicting trees in stunning detail, at Gecko Studio Gallery.

One friend arrived half-an-hour before the gallery closed after an eight drive. At least he got to see the exhibition and have a glass of wine.

The exhibition included large sheets indicating how Malcolm creates his drawings with different effects,

“Anyone remotely interested in drawing should have a look at these sheets and then at Malcolm’s works as they would be sure to learn something,” the gallery’s Michael Lester said.

The substantial crowd resulted in pleasing sales. Many people were taken by Malcolm’s pointillé style where his drawings of trees are made up entirely of very fine dots or very short strokes.

“Malcolm gave a lot of his time to those present with their questions about his drawing methods, what inspires him to draw trees and why he isn’t a professional artist,” Michael said.

“The last can be answered in that he is happy with his day job which Malcolm described as ‘an education program evaluator’.

“His passion for trees manifests itself in drawings that are an amalgamation of all the trees he has seen and the Brown Valley of his exhibition title is in turn an amalgamation of the places full of trees that he loves.

“Malcolm is a thoughtful and passionate artist and his exhibition is a must see.”

Malcolm’s work was accompanied by artwork by his son Adam.

Attracted crowd: Malcolm Pettigrove’s work lured viewers from as a far as Canberra.

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