World culture inspired Tweed couple's art
FOR Laurie and David Galloway, of Tweed Heads, happiness is being surrounded by nature and having the time to learn new things and recapture the past through paintings.
These oil paintings make up a series on the Samburu people of east Africa.
The Samburu live in the semi desert north of Nairobi, Kenya, and are closely related to the Maasai people near the Serengeti and Maasai-mara national reserves.
"They are semi- nomadic people, proud and strong, whose lives revolve around their cattle and lands where vast herds of antelope, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, cheetah and elephant and lions roam free," Mr Galloway said.
The Galloways have four children in Brisbane.
David had a career in banking and finance, and also became involved with holding successful fundraising for several charities through art exhibitions and auctions.
Through this they met a number of artists, many who were frustrated at the lack of galleries to display their work - this sowed the seed for them to open their own gallery in Brisbane.
Their gallery was in Bowen Hills, and after many years of working seven days and three nights a week they retired to Fingal Head.
"Over the years we made many friends, who, like us, enjoyed collecting art and travelling.
"We organised several trips to Africa, South America, and the USA with the focus on art and the culture of these countries.
"It's been a wonderful and enjoyable experience."
In addition to painting and being open to new challenges, the Galloways are active members of The Photo Arts Club Tweed.