I have always admired and been inspired by the impressionist painters Heyson, Roberts, McCubbin, Condor and Streeton, their handling of light and contrasting colour depicted in their impressions of the never changing hues of the Australian scenery.
Streeton wrote an apologia to the public in 1889 after the 9 x 5 exhibition of 183 works
“An effect is only momentary: so an impressionist tries to find his place, two half hours are never alike, and he who tries to paint a sunset on two successive evenings must be more or less painting from memory. So, in these works, it has been the object of the artists to render faithfully, and thus obtain first records of effects widely differing, and often very fleeting character.”
This statement constantly reminds me of the ever changing colour’s of the landscape before me, it changes minute by minute and whilst on site I must capture and transform as quickly as possible the scene onto my blank canvas. Being a professional artist is an exciting journey and is a never ending learning experience.
Werner is one of Australia’s last traditional artists who, in the true tradition of the Heildberg School of impressionist artists, packs up “goes bush”, sets up his easel and places the scene before him straight to canvas. Werner says “these regular painting trips are good for my soul, they refresh my eye to the natural colours of nature and rekindle my enthusiasm and ability to capture the true colours of each season in their pure and unadulterated realistic form. He has also ventured overseas attempting to capture the different light and colours of these countries.
The colours of Australia combined with Werner’s crisp refreshing style is a delight for all, he has represented NSW for five major works to tour Germany, sponsored by Qantas.
Last year Werner’s peers in the art world honoured him by selecting him to become a Fellow of the Royal Art society. This award by one’s peers is considered a great honour and one humbly accepted . Werner is