Changing tack: Attadale resident goes from building boats to painting them


Travel and time have changed the focus of Mark Price’s art. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d472371
Travel and time have changed the focus of Mark Price’s art. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d472371

ATTADALE resident Mark Price has always worked with his hands; the materials have just changed as he has aged.

A semi-retired shipwright who immigrated to Australia in 1986 as a member of New Zealand’s America’s Cup team, Mr Price has gone from building boats to painting them.

Mostly self-taught, Mr Price works predominantly in oils and water colours, and paints everything from wildlife to botanicals but has a special passion for maritime-themed art work.

“Because I’ve spent 30 years in the maritime industry here in WA, I’ve tended towards art that is nautical in nature,” he said.

“I ran a shipwrighting business and was also a marine surveyor but I’m semi-retired now and having the extra time has really rekindled my passion for art and given me time to pursue it.”

Mr Price is a member of the Alfred Cove Art Society and has prepared two entries for the group’s upcoming Awards of Excellence Exhibition.

“One is titled We Are Watching and is a study of elephants I sketched during a trip to Zimbabwe in 2013,” he said.

“The other is a water lily from Araluen Botanic Park that I photographed just last year. I quite often go up there during tulip season to take a look.”

At 64, Mr Price has had some success selling some of his recent artworks and even attracted a commission from Dubai.

The Alfred Cove awards run at Atwell Gallery from August 22 to 27.