Presenting my first solo show at Gallows Gallery in aid of Osteogenesis Imperfecta in February 2018 was a mighty under-taking, but it was so rewarding on many counts. Not only was I able to raise vital funds to support families suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, but the Bone Clinic, which we contributed to, is up and running now. Thank you to everyone who supported me on this ad/venture.

My god-daughter Claire performed for TV and shone even more brightly as a result of the whole experience. She even scored a commission and I’ve been kept busy with the year’s worth of private commissions that the exhibition generated!

When Claire was asked to paint a commission piece by a friend of mine after seeing her work at my exhibition, I helped Claire set up with the basics and gave some guidance along the way. She has produced a very special piece. So special she entered it in the UWA Young Artist Awards and I am very proud to say she is a finalist. Very exciting. (The winner will be announced in January 2020.)

Commissions can be nerve-wracking

The challenging part of painting commission pieces is the hope that you can adequately meet (or preferably exceed) the client brief.

I always offer a full consultation service as most people are not very sure of what exactly they are after – so we discuss size, colours and suggestions for compositions and work from there. The client is always closely involved in the process of producing their commission piece.

Even if somewhat nerve wracking, I really enjoy the commission process; it is tremendously rewarding. I’ve had so many lovely clients call me to say how much they are enjoying their piece, which I so love to hear.

Cost-effective workplace deco

I also continue to lease paintings. It is a very cost effective way for a businesses to brighten up their work spaces.

You can read more about my Commissioning and Leasing process on the webpage.

Contact me if you are interested in leasing or commissioning a painting.

Wow! Having a solo exhibition is a lot of work. I’m exhausted but also exhilarated.

I sold 12 paintings and have raised $4,600.91 to go towards the establishment of an OI clinic in WA (basically 65% of the exhibition takings). It seems like a lot of work and expense for not a huge donation. However, I feel the exhibition and our team efforts have gone some way to raising awareness of the issues around early diagnosis and integrated, tailored care for OI sufferers. I hope you agree? (Please comment below. I love to hear from you.)

Confidence Booster

It has been wonderful to see the change in Claire, my 12-year-old god-daughter, over the exhibition. She performed amazingly in front of the cameras for Today Tonight, The Sunday Times and The Post. She also sold her painting at auction to a buyer that is clearly over the moon with her purchase. Claire has even been asked to complete a large painting on commission. All due to the exhibition and the media coverage. Such a boost in confidence means that Claire is no longer (well, for the time being) shy about talking about her condition of brittle bones. She has expressed an understanding that everyone has something in their life that may be holding them back or perhaps they are ashamed of, but you can use it to make you stronger.

 Article in The Post, 3 Feb 2018 (Community News, p62)

It’s not too late to buy a painting or donate!

If you missed the exhibition and are keen to see the paintings, you can view and purchase via my Store on my website. Thank you to all who attended, to all the buyers and to everyone that has donated to MyCause. (BTW – you can still donate. All donations above $2 are tax deductible.)

The exhibition took place at Gallows Gallery in Mosman Park, 2-10 February 2018.

Thank you

Thank you to sponsors:

Lenton Brae Winery, Swanbourne Cellars, Chandon Australia, Taylor Rd IGA, Mobilia, Hire Society, Pit Crew Management Consulting.

… and thank you to

My family – Greg, Lachie, Lucca and my parents // Claire, Fern and Peter Dyball // Mario Dorazio // Aris Siafarikas // Kathryn Rowley for giving me this opportunity to exhibit at Gallows // Orla, Christophe, Carola and Di for help in photography, design, PR and marketing // Rick and Lilly at Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA // Cait and Paula at Child and Adolescent Health Services // Jen and Lizzie at Artisan Table for the amazing food // Penny, Pia and Grace in the office //Ben , Izzie and friends for helping with the drinks // Kathryn McCarthy (musician) // Jamie Harrington (auctioneer) // Friends … Tania, Clay, Fern, Pete, Sharon, Pete, Samantha, Lachie and Lucca who have trudged many miles helping me deliver invitations. And all my friends who have forwarded on invitations and supported me in this venture.

Installation shot f the Little Pieces of Me exhibition at Gallows Gallery, Perth. Installation shot f the Little Pieces of Me exhibition at Gallows Gallery, Perth.

So proud of Claire and the way she describes how her bones are affected by Osteogenesis Imperfecta – diggers and builders.

Please help us to raise funds for an integrated care facility in Perth and to raise awareness, so children can be diagnosed early and have a chance of better life.

Tax deductible donations can be made at MyCause (closes 28 Feb 2018)

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/168559/little-pieces-of-me-art-exhibition

Read more about my exhibition where Claire sold her first painting at auction and also attracted a commission for another!

A Perth girl's brave battle against brittle bones.

A Perth girl's brave battle against brittle bones.

Posted by Today Tonight on Thursday, 8 February 2018

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

Thanks to the help of the great folks at Arthritis WA, I am able to attract tax deductible donations to support the establishment of integrated care for people living with brittle bones (Osteogenesis Imperfecta). You can make a direct contribution via this link and it will be tax deductible (over $2). Please give generously.

Also, if you buy one of my paintings I will donate 10% of the sale price to the cause too, either from Gallows Gallery (2-10 February) or online from 3 February 2018.

I’m sure you realise now how passionate I am about supporting people with brittle bones. Why? Because when you know more about the condition either through a personal connection or from just learning about it, you understand how much integrated care is so needed in WA.

Here are some summary details about OI and treatment in WA:

  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a chronic genetic condition starting in utero. It is estimated that 1:15,000 are born with OI. There is no gender or geographic preference.
  • OI is a collagen disorder that primarily affects the bones, causing them to be “formed imperfectly”, fragile and “brittle”.
  • OI may result in: short stature, blue sclerae, hearing loss, muscle weakness, hypermobility, restricted breathing and might affect the teeth (dentinogenesis imperfecta). Children born with more severe Types of OI can often sustain fractures during pregnancy or delivery. It can even result in infant death, often due to respiratory failure during or shortly after birth.
  • Optimal management of OI requires a multidisciplinary approach involving paediatrician, endocrinologist (bone and mineral physician), rehabilitation specialist, orthopaedic surgeon, dentist, geneticist, social worker/psychologist, physiotherapist, and occupational therapist.
  • At Perth Childrens’s Hospital/Princess Margaret Hospital, there is currently no formal rehabilitation regimen for children with OI who have experienced fractures and other affects. In many cases they are treated as any other child with a fracture and often this is to their detriment.
  • A designated patient-centred care is required.

Areas of support provided in an integrated care facility with dedicated staff would include: school, psychological support (e.g. needle phobia, social adjustment), medical linkages (e.g. audiology, dentistry, genetics), allied health support (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, podiatry), contact to support groups (like OI Society of Australia, international OI groups, Short Stature Association of Australia).

Come along to the ART+MEDICINE talks at Gallows Gallery on Sunday 4 February 2018 to learn more. Find details on my other blog post.