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Meanwhile, in 1985 at the age of 20 I had my first exhibition of my work in a Wellington Cafe. The exhibition was called Bus, and were all approximately four feet square acrylic paintings of Wellington red buses. These paintings were all called Bus 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The work was painted on calico and has probably not stood the test of time. Please excuse the poor quality of images, which were taken from transparencies.
It was a thrill for me to sell my first painting at that show, and years later came across one of my paintings from that exhibition in a Wellington restaurant. A couple of years after that, I accidentally came across the owner on the internet, only because I recognised his very unusual surname. He told me that he had since had the painting restretched and also said that many people had offered to buy it

from him for very large sums, but would never sell it, which to me, is a compliment. The red buses are no longer in existance in Wellington, and are rather iconic. Read more...