Featured Artists for 2019 Sorrento Art Show hosted by the Rotary Club of Sorrento

Ron Farnill

Ron was born in in Yorkshire UK. Ron’s inborn love of the sea took him in is spare time to the Yorkshire coast and eventually to serve in the Royal Navy during World War II. After migrating to Australia, he continued to be an enthusiastic competitor both as an amateur and later a professional cyclist until an accident compelled him to find another activity for his competitive spirit, this led him to Balnarring Yacht Club on Westernport and a boat of his own. He soon learned that boats don’t have brakes! Then he progressed from mono hulls to catamarans, trailer sailors, then to keelboats and ocean racing; all the while aware and respectful of the sea and vagaries of the weather. Sea going days over the time came when Ron decided to use his talent to capture these experiences and memories on paper, bringing the ambience onto dry land. His skilful use of watercolour, colour harmony, composition of shapes and his obvious enjoyment of painting make his “marine portraits” a continuing joy to those fortunate to possess one. At present Ron is sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with less experienced painters by conducting demonstrations at Art societies, Rotary Art Shows, and conducting one day workshops. Mainly a self-taught water colourist, greatly assisted by Robert Wade. His first art award came in 1939, a National School Competition in England, and then a long break before recommencing in oils. Thanks to the help and enlightenment provided by the great watercolourist Robert Wade, Ron now paints for the pure pleasure and enjoyment of watercolour. He is a strong believer of inherited memory.


John worked in the Building Industry for 36 years and upon leaving in 2001 he took up Art as a hobby. John’s preferred medium is oil, and his paintings are in the realist impressionist style.

John is a member of the Australian Guild of Realists Artists, and also the Peninsula Art Society, where he has attended classes with Colin Johnson and workshops with renowned artists.

John works mostly in his studio but has also joined a small group of painters to experience “Plein Air” painting, which is expanding his knowledge of light, tone and colour.

John lives on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, an inspirational source of coastal and bay views. He has travelled Australia widely, and in his paintings he endeavours to capture the rugged beauty of the diverse Australian Landscape. A new challenge John is enjoying are the cityscapes of Melbourne and environs.

He exhibits, and sells, regularly in Rotary and other Art Exhibitions, and has been published in the Australian Artist Magazine. John has paintings in private collections in Germany, England, New York, Canberra, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria.

John’s paintings can be viewed at the Sorrento and Flinders Fine Art Galleries.

Jayne Henderson

Jayne Henderson has had a long association with the bay. Melbourne born, she spent many holidays at Mount Eliza, where, as a child she started to paint scenes of beach and promontory.

You will notice in her mature paintings, not only the love of bay side subject matter, but also an attention to detail as well as the determination to portray it as it is realistically. This character is enhanced by a high key palette which makes her work distinctive and instantly recognisable. Her style is strong and vigorous, showing the influence of the Australian impressionists she so admires.

Collectors of her work appreciate and admire the exactness of her tonal values.

Recent awards include
2013 Best local scene Rotary club of Sorrento Best in show; Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Best acrylic; Kilmore art expo Peoples choice award; Kilmore art expo First prize.  Australian Art Magazine Guest artist.  Rotary clubs of Camberwell and Mornington 2014 Best local content  Art beyond the divide, Seymour Best local content and Peoples Choice Award  Kilmore Art Show