My Paintings

Me in my small home studio

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.

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

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.

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 also use acrylics and water miscible oils.

March 27, 2020: Since we are house bound because of the COVID-19 virus I made a walk through video of my home gallery and studio for you to see.

On my channel

Purchase directly: By appointment, come see my studio in Thornlie, Western Australia 6108! Contact me for the address and a time to view the paintings.

Payment methods available: Cash, Bank transfer and Credit/Debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, EFTPOS).

Purchase online: I can post to you anywhere. Packaging, postage and insurance (if required) involves an additional charge.

My artwork was once for sale in the Armadale Shopping Centre, on the outskirts of Perth, Western Australia. But they are no longer available there.

Mostly Australiana type pictures.

Where to see the paintings

On the following linked pages you’ll find my paintings arranged according to the year they were painted. Click on the year to open the pages and you’ll see each painting and details about them.

Contact me

  • Email:
  • @GideonHartnett
  • Gideon Hartnett