Since taking up painting in 2002, first in watercolour then other mediums, Hugh has built on a strong drawing background, attending many painting workshops with some of the best Australian artists. Working primarily in watercolours and pen & wash, he finds some subjects lend themselves to pastels, acrylics, charcoal or oils.
Hugh is currently undertaking a Diploma of Fine Art at the Royal Art Society of NSW. He’s interested in a wide range of subjects from still-life to portraits, but has a continuing interest in sketching and painting landscapes. He has won a number of awards in regional art exhibitions, and undertakes commissions (including paintings weddings live) and does some teaching and demonstrations in pen and wash, and watercolour.
He pursues his passion by sketching in cafés, painting out doors and on holiday, as well as painting with other enthusiasts from the Society of Artists Newcastle.
Society of Artists Newcastle
Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA)
2019 Jenny Lemone Hill (Scholarship) Award – Royal Art Society of NSW
2019 Encouragement Award for Portraiture – Royal Art Society of NSW
2019 Highly Commended – Anglican Care Hunter Auxiliary Art & Craft Fair
2018 Watercolour Award – Royal Art Society Student Exhibition
2018 Highly Commended (Watercolour) – Newcastle Art Prize
2017 Peter Dorahy Art School Drawing Award – Highly Commended – Royal Art Society Student Exhibition
2016 Commended (Miniatures Prize) – Singleton Art Prize
2016 Highly Commended – Newcastle Art Prize
2016 1st Prize in Water Medium – Dobell Art Festival
2016 1st Prize for Scenes from Weston – 2016 Weston Art Show
2016 1st Prize in Pen and wash – Morisset and Lake Macquarie District Show
2016 2nd and 3rd Prize – Oil - Morisset and Lake Macquarie District Show
2015 Best Watercolour – 2015 Weston Art and Craft Show
2015 Pastel Award – 2015 Royal Art Society Student Exhibition
2012 Commended – 2012 Newcastle Art Prize
2010 Highly Commended – 2010 Newcastle Art Prize