Gregory’s observational skills have been honed from a career as a research scientist, and from extensive travel photography. He has recently rekindled his love of watercolour, and focusses on nautical themes.
Gregory’s observational skills have been honed from a career as a research scientist, and from
extensive travel photography. Gregory started drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil, painted at
school, and then got his first Kodak Instamatic 104 at 12. He has been using these three methods to
capture images for most of his 62 years, though the materials and techniques have been upgraded
many times. His interests include sea and landscape, portraiture and streetscape, but small ships and
coastal waterways are a repeat theme, perhaps influenced by his family’s obsession with boats and
boating. He finds inspiration in Australian maritime history and the stories of everyday people
interacting with the sea and the estuaries. He has captured scenes, colours and textures from the
many places he and his wife have travelled and works en plein air as often as possible. He has been
inspired by the great Australian watercolourists like Hans Heysen and John Woodland. Formal
training has been sporadic but includes a University of Newcastle Natural History Illustration course,
and casual sketching sessions in public galleries around the world, often facilitated by notable local
Gregory is a member of the American Chemical Society, and the Melbourne Maritime History
Network. He has recently joined Gallery 247.
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