One of the greatest privileges of living and working up here on the Sunshine Coast are our daily early morning long walks.
Banx prefers his 15,000 steps from Moffat to Currimundi Lake via Dicky Beach and Coondibah Creek along the rainforest coastal walking path, the Annette Corridor, where he regularly sees the rare Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (and once or twice a baby snake!) eeks! The path meanders past amazing vegetation and loooooong stretches of deserted beaches and birdlife.
I can’t keep up with his vigorous long strides (and there’s not enough coffee stops with artist Banx!) so I head off in a different direction (healthy for any relationship, right? ha!) and my walking path is either via Moffat Beach over the headland (that hill is steep!), onto Shelly Beach and beyond to Kings Beach with my fave coffee stops at Coffee Cat at Kings Beach and Happy Turtle Cafe at Happy Valley, and then back along that mesmerising meandering headland to Shelly Beach and back home to Moffat.
When we meet up later on our back deck, we are always SO excited to share what we have seen on our walk that morning – funny stories about dogs or kids, descriptions and gestures of birds we aren’t sure of (Banx has written to Bird Life Australia sending pics to identify birds that have dropped into our garden like the Pallid Cuckoo and the Pheasant Coucal, trying to recreate to each other the sheer beauty and magnitude of what we’ve observed and witnessed that morning – and it’s always new and different and changing from what we’d seen the day before. Or what we’ll experience the next day.. and the day after.. and the day after that…
…So I wasn’t the least bit surprised to read this statistic in the Sunday paper a few weeks ago!
Nature is SO inspiring! On so many levels – its hardly surprising artists like Banx literally rush back in to the studio and start re-creating all those things in a scene that they felt, smelt, touched… the “stories” and beauty of Nature they just observed and were privileged to witness first hand.
From paddock to palette.. from walks through exquisite natural landscapes to paints, palettes, easel and gallery… thank you Nature – you inspire us daily!
To see more nature-inspired and beautiful landscape paintings by Banx click HERE
Thank you for visiting Sunshine Art Studio, the home of Banx the artist.
Come on a journey with us and see inside the “mysterious artist’s studio” where all the messy arty action happens, resulting in beautiful original paintings for you to enjoy.
Mike Banks (aka Queensland artist Banx) and Kaye Fox have been running their Moving Canvas Art Gallery in Brisbane for over 16 years, servicing corporate and residential collectors and lovers of art locally, interstate and overseas.
Ten years ago the lure of the Sunshine Coast was too much (who can resist all that sunshine, surf, sand and sea as artists, right?!) and together we fell in love with a little bungalow cottage at beautiful Moffat Beach. Our creative life and collaboration together found a home.
Banx had been painting all his life and set about building his dream art studio in amongst the backyard jungle of native orchids, gum trees, cockatoos, lorikeets, and kookaburras.
From here he has created hundreds of original paintings inspired by his environs and daily long walks and surfs. (He even spotted the rare black cockatoos last week).
But wait there’s more! This is also where he’s built original and funky possum boxes, restored furniture for their boho deck, and collaborated on many other interesting projects, books and goodies with creative partner Kaye.
Come on in and see what 2020 has in store for Sunshine Art Studio – from original paintings and books, to commissions, collaborations and writing/illustrating workshops. No project is too large or too small, from supplying art for foyers and curating the art for developers and renos, and when it comes time to sell, through to cute small pet portraits and pop-ups where you least expect them, it’s all on the arty radar this year.
Anyway, have a good look around the studio here online and the gallery and contact us if you like what you see – we’d love to hear from you. Start your own art collection today (we offer rental or purchase) or just enjoy browsing. Viewing art is a great way to relaaaaax.
All of Banx’s artworks are ready-to-hang original art on stretched canvas, and if you see something you like, we bring the art to you, to your home or office and hang it for you as part of our service. Commissions usually take around 3-4 weeks.
So…..Let some Sunshine in! (and the surf… and the sea… )
Excuse us, in the meantime Banx has to get back to the easel! There’s paintings to be painted..