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I am so glad that my painting 'The Poetry Lesson' has not only found a loving home but also raised much needed funds for such a worthy cause. I wish I could have been there on the night to say goodbye.

'The Poetry Lesson' Oil on Canvas, 152.5 x 122 cm, 2010.

This work ‘The Poetry Lesson’ is based on a Victorian photograph and represents the commonality of experience faced by each of us regardless of the time in which we live. Here a courting couple; two emotional souls share a moment of pure connection through their love of poetry. Encased in bronze chrysalis-like armour they exist in the clutches of metamorphosis. Their attire symbolises the gradual unfolding of trust and understanding between the two as they begin to read poetry that resonates between them. Each one seeks to protect themselves but cannot resist the beauty of the moment to open up their hearts to each other. Surrounding them stands a library; the timeless custodian of countless similar stories ready to embrace their tale of love, a tale which is yet to be written.

Fern Petrie, 2018




If you are in New Plymouth in March come and enjoy the events at Newtopia.

I am exhibiting with some incredible artists at Phil Jone’s Down Low Art Gallery:


Exhibiting Artists : -john mclean -phil jones -ché rogers -linda mcfetridge -fern petrie -jo tito -wharehoka smith -renate verbugge -ruth frank -morgan paige -steve malloy -ian clothier -peter lambert -stephen booth The family friendly Newtopia Multimedia Festival runs over the first four weekends of March between the times of 11am and 12:30pm both on Saturday and Sunday at the Huatoki Plaza and is free of charge to attend. Events will include live music, live street art, children's art activities, giant jenga, giant connect 4 and an underground art exhibition.



Photo courtesy of Linton & Kay Galleries

I'm proud to present a selection of new Keyhole paintings available only at Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth.

www.lintonandkay.com.au