Guest Blog Post: Rita Rigby’s art by Mark Rigby

Rita Rigby

Of all the abundant beauty and wonder I experienced on our visit to New Zealand and Australia — from New Zealand’s Auckland / Rotorua / Redwoods / Huka Falls / Craters of the Moon / Waitomo Glowworms Caves / Taupo / Pirongia / and Hamilton Gardens — to Australia’s these exciting birds and these / stunning views / delicious eats / this and this wildlife at Currumbin / and some beasts and beauty in Brisbane — my very favorite part of the trip was meeting terrific family in Gold Coast!

An inspiration at any age, cousin Rita Rigby is lovely and vigorous of mind and body. She’s both fun — and a talented artist! After dinner, on the final night of our visit, she (and her granddaughter, Roshan, too!) played the piano for us! In this photo (from left to right: Mark, me, Khashayar, and Roshan), we’re treated to an impromptu performance by Rita! Read on for a little about Rita and her artwork contributed by her son, Mark Rigby…

Rita Rigby Playing Piano

* * Rita Rigby’s art by Mark Rigby * *

Rita was born in 1927 and grew up in a small Queensland country town called Kilkivan. She loved the country life, which is reflected in her paintings. During her school years art was her favourite subject which has remained to this day.

art by Rita Rigby

Two men (drovers) on horseback are herding sheep in the country where I grew up.

art by Rita Rigby

This is an old Eucalypt tree that is synonymous with the countryside that Rita grew up with. It was struck by lightning with regrowth branching out from the main truck.

art by Rita Rigby

The background to this painting is Mount Warning, a significant landmark on the border between Queensland and New South Wales. It was named by Captain Cook, an English explorer who discovered Australia in 1770, to warn of the dangerous river bar near this location. The man is cutting sleepers to construct a railway in the early settlement times.

Do you like to paint?

35 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: Rita Rigby’s art by Mark Rigby

  1. Yayyyy people plunking piano keys! Yayyyy great times!.
    Slightly off subject, pianola. The auto-keys… But less for that sake than just to start finding times gone by.
    Clicking the first reference link and reading other artists of mastertouch … I see a Frank la forge. I’m a star trek need… So ooo oo Geordie la forge! They would pick a fine Australian name. Anyways
    Yay visit!

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  2. The paintings you are showing are absolutely stunning. The third one captures history as well. I am sure Rita has created a real treasure trove!
    Unfortunately, painting is a thing that I have absolutely no talent for. I paint in my garden, with flowers … 😉

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  3. I don’t paint, I do fondant art but that is on my other blog, robbiesinspiration. These paintings are lovely and I particularly like the one featuring the old man laying sleepers. We visited New Zealand in 2016 and visited many of the places you have mentioned here. My favourite place was the buried village. So historic and poignant.

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