There’s no point in doing things by halves I say, so when we visited the G.O.’s landscape artist cousin Ian Lean, I took full advantage of a reshuffling of his art studio to buy nine of his beautiful paintings, with a view to creating a small personal gallery in our living room at Taylors Arm. Ian also takes commissions so I’ve asked for paintings of the old farm belonging to their grandparents at Red Hill, Coffs Harbour and that of my grandparents’ at Scone.
Born in Bellingen, country NSW, Ian grew up in Coffs Harbour. After leaving school he followed a career in land surveying, married and had a daughter.
After a horse riding accident at 13 years old, Ian started oil painting and developed an interest in landscapes in particular. He renewed this interest in painting again as an adult and had limited tuition from James Wynne, Allan Fizzell and John Wilson, but is mostly self-taught.
Ian has lived in Berowra, on the northern outskirts of Sydney, for 38 years and mainly draws inspiration for his paintings from the Hawkesbury River, the waterways of Middle Harbour and Pittwater, the Blue Mountains and country NSW. As well as regular landscapes he specialises in miniature landscape paintings.
(Information taken from Ian Lean Art Facebook page)
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration”