My Paintings

Misty forest: 34 cm x 20 cm, oil on board, 2018. I was experimenting with the idea in essentially one colour. I ended up using three – Raw Umber, Raw Sienna and Yellow. #jghbeautifulpaintings

Born in Manjimup, Western Australia, I began painting in oils at about the age of 11. I taught myself from books my mother bought me. At 13 years old, in 1965, I won the West Australian newspaper state art competition for under 14 year-olds.

The only instructions I had was in grade 10 at high school at the age of 15. I was in the art class with about 40 girls and one other boy. I brought my oil paints to school as I was the only one interested in oils. I was probably the only one who really wanted to paint. As a result the teacher took an interest to really help me.

I continued painting up until completing my final undergraduate year at the University of Western Australia, where I studied physics. After 1974 I became involved with other commitments (became a missionary, got married and had kids, started a business, did a PhD and became a research professor etc) and never painted again until after I retired in 2016. My first new painting was in January 2017. See below.

My preferred medium is oil on canvas. I enjoy trying new ideas but I am still developing my own style. My interests include realism and semi-realism of nature, seascapes and landscapes. I am also eager to explore techniques that the impressionists used.

Any painting with a price is for sale. Price does not include postage and packaging.

The following are some my paintings (most recent first).

Waterfalls: 30 cm x 40 cm, oil on canvas board, 2018. Framed price $180 + p&p.

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Lesmurdie Falls: 30 cm x 40 cm, oil on canvas board, 2018. Framed price $180 + p&p.

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Rainbow Lorikeet in flight: The first of a pair captured in flight. Each is 30 cm x 40 cm, oil on canvas, 2018. Adapted from a photo taken by Barry Mickle. Unframed price $140 each or $200 for the pair + p&p.


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Rainbow Lorikeet in flight with blood moon: The second of a pair captured in flight. Each is 30 cm x 40 cm, oil on canvas, 2018. Adapted from a photo taken by Barry Mickle. The blood moon was added from its appearance earlier this year. Unframed price $140 each or $200 for the pair + p&p.


Hydrosail final

Hydrosail: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. From photo taken by Barry Mickle. The boat has hydrofoils under water allowing it to move very quickly through the water. Unframed price $180 + p&p. 


Purple sunset

Purple sunset: 40 cm x 30 cm, oil on canvas, 2018. Unframed price $140 + p&p


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Mountain hut: 50 cm x 40 cm, unframed. Oil on canvas, 2018. Unframed price $180 + p&p.


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Boardwalk at sunset: 40 cm x 30 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. From photo by Pok Rie from Pexels (royalty free)


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Reflection pond: 40cm x 30cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. SOLD


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Seagull and an approaching storm: 30 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas board, 2018. Framed price $140 + p&p


The Fisherman

The fisherman: 40 cm x 30 cm. From copyright free photo from Pexels. Oil on canvas, 2018. Unframed price $140 + p&p


Rough sea

Rough seas: 40 cm x 30 cm. Only palette knives used, no brushes. From copyright free photo by Nextvoyage from Pexels. Oil on canvas, 2018. Unframed price $140 + p&p 


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Water of life: 60 cm x 50 cm. Quite experimental. Only palette knives used, no brushes. Oil on canvas, 2018. $220 plus p&p.


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The last stop: 50 cm x 40 cm. Inspired by the ending scene of the movie “Murder on the Orient Express”. My picture is of a train stop that is the last on the line before the train heads off to eternity. Hence the station is named JAH. JAH is the Old Testament name for the Lord Jesus Christ. Oil on canvas, 2018.


Crane away

Grey Herron: 50 cm x 60 cm. From photograph taken by Barry Mickle in Bunbury (WA). Oil on canvas, 2018. SOLD


Sunset up north

Sunset up north: 60 cm x 50 cm. From a photograph taken by Joy Bowman in the North west of WA. Only palette knives used, no brushes. Oil on canvas, 2018. $220 plus p&p.


Denmark beach

Windy day on the beach at Denmark : 60 cm x 50 cm. From photograph taken by Irene Kingsford, Denmark (WA). Oil on canvas, 2018.


Sun setting over jetty

Sunset over jetty: 50 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. SOLD


The Miller's cottage

The Miller’s Cottage I: 50 cm x 40 cm. Inspired by the scene of ‘The Haywain’ by John Constable. Oil on canvas, 2018. 


The Miller's cottage II

The Miller’s Cottage II: 50 cm x 40 cm. Inspired by scene of ‘The Haywain’ by John Constable. Oil on canvas, 2018. $180 plus p&p. 


In the park

In the park: 50 cm x 40 cm. This painting was inspired from a photo taken by my daughter of her daughter in the park. It was not clear to me what she was looking at so I added a Rosella above the trees. Oil on canvas, 2018. 


The green green grass of home

The green green grass of home: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. 


Rocky outcrop

Rocky outcrop: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. Unframed price $180 + p&p


The catch

The catch: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. SOLD


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The fight: 50 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. $220 plus p&p.


Sunset at Uluru

Sunset over Uluru: 90 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017. 


Sunrise at Kata Tjuta

Sunrise at Kata Tjuta: 90 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. Unframed price $450 plus p&p.


Flying into the sun

Flying into the sun: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018. $140 plus p&p. 


After the bush fire

After the bush fire: 40 cm x 30 cm. Inspired by scenes I saw as a child in the Manjimup/Pemberton district (WA). Oil on canvas, 2017. Unframed price $140 + p&p.


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The valley: 40 cm x 30 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017. Unframed price $140 + p&p.


Hartnett John - The old quarry - 90cmWx60cmHx1cmD

The old quarry: 90 cm x 60 cm. After a 44 year hiatus from oil painting this was the first painting I did, painted in January 2017. Many years ago I took a photo of the old quarry where I’d take my young children to play. I thought one day I’ll start painting again and it will be this one. Oil on canvas, 2017. Framed $300 plus p&p.


River gums in fog

River gums in fog: 75 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017.


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River lake: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017. Unframed price $180 + p&p.


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Purple sunset: 60 cm x 50 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017. Framed $220 plus p&p.


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Rock pool: The painting which won me the WA newspapers state art competition for under 14 year olds. Oil on paper, 1965.