Less than an hour’s drive south of Hobart lies Cygnet, a tiny town in Tasmania’s Huon Valley best known for its annual folk festival and lush produce.
Cygnet is also the creative base of award-winning artist Richard Stanley, who has spent the last twenty years producing professional works in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and glass and selling his paintings, fine art prints, cards and jewellery from his gallery which is housed in an old general store (circa 1905).
In its rural setting with both mountain and river views, Stanley’s Studio/Gallery boasts a vast open space with high ceilings, providing the perfect environment to display his range of works.
Stanley credits his upbringing as having shaped his creative career, with his mother, father and brother all heavily involved in the visual and performing arts world.
Though originally from Western Australia, the majority of Stanley’s works are striking reflections of Tasmania’s natural beauty.
“I enjoy creating atmosphere and depth in my work as I want to hold the viewer’s gaze and get them to look all around the painting, discovering things they might not have seen initially,” he said.
“I love the subtle tones and colours in both water and sky so have a great love for landscape.
“Particularly early morning and late afternoon when the shadows are longer and there is more colour in the sky.”
Over the past year Stanley has created a group of new land and seascape works of oil on canvas in readiness for a solo exhibition, Into the Calm.
Opening Friday 3 August at 6:30 pm, the pieces will be on display at the Lady Franklin Gallery in Lenah Valley every weekend in August 2018 from 10 am – 4 pm.