Oil on canvas. Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize 2006
In Newcastle the mention of Ron Hartree’s name will cause faces to brighten. So many people feel they are a part of his unique community. No one was ever turned away from the school and it provided children, adults, beginners, experienced artists and the disabled with a warm, safe environment where making art was a joyous
experience. Ron has always provided a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry on,
encouragement and advice.
About 9 years ago, my first painting at the studio was a portrait of Ron. I continued to paint portraits and Ron suggested I enter the Portia Geach. It is only fitting that, after finally taken the step, that the painting should be of him, as it was his first year of retirement.