Paul was 12 years old in 1954 when a young Queen Elizabeth visited Sydney.
He was in the muster of school children who were bussed in to see her Royal cavalcade.
To this day, a keen admirer of Her Majesty, he recently fossicked around in his sketchbooks of that year, thoughtfully preserved by his mother and retrieved these youthful drawings, which were among a number created very quickly in that milling throng of cheering children.
This month Her Majesty celebrates her Diamond Jubilee amid universal jubilation in The UK and overseas.
There is no retirement for this lady who at the time these drawings were made had dedicated her life to service and continues to be part of our lives.
She continues to be an inspiration to those who value continuity and dedication to duty.
During 1971 Paul travelled overseas on the liner Canberra, having been invited by P and O Line to conduct art classes on the ship. Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, who was en route to the UK, attended one of Paul’s classes, curious to know if Paul was related to his old friend Lady Paquita Mawson (nee Delprat).
During a lengthy conversation about art, families, politics and cricket he kindly consented to sit and Paul created this painting.
James Cameron the visionary director of the famous motion picture, “Titanic” has recently descended to the Mariana Deeps in a submersible.
This week we are remembering the 100th anniversary of the tragic loss of the unsinkable ship and many lives. Cameron has reminded us again of the essential nature of our unpredictable watery planet and we thank him.
His film is essentially a love story about an artist and his muse made against the epic background of an historic drama. We are reminded that love and art are intertwined. A painting or drawing, once created, has a life of its own and distils all that can be said once the actors have played their parts.
Love is always the great event