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Mr. Laurie Pendlebury, my first art tutor of significance.

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Mr. Laurie Pendlebury, my first art tutor of significance.

L. Scott Pendlebury or Laurence Scott Pendlebury (seen above with student, c early 1950s) (21 April 1914 – May 1986) was an Australian landscape and portrait artist and my first serious teacher.

In 1951, after working full-full time for three years while homeschooling myself, from the age of eight, I arrived to enrol in tuition from Mr. Laurie Pendlebury (four times Archibald Prize finalist), and seen here with a student working on portrait painting, circa 1950. He told me (age eleven) that he did not teach children. I looked him in the eye with determination and announced, "I am not a child."
I then told him that I had earned every penny of my tuition fee myself, and he accepted me into this class.

Pendlebury won the Wynne Prize four times for his landscape paintings with The Chicory Kiln, Phillip Island (1956), Constitution Dock, Hobart (1957), Old Farmhouse (1960, shared with John Perceval's Dairy Farm, Victoria) and Road to Whistlewood (1968). He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize twenty-four times, including Nornie Gude (Artist) (1944) and Anne and Drew Pendlebury (actress and musician respectively) (1979). His work was presented in the state galleries of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. Pendlebury worked at Swinburne Technical College as an instructor from 1946 to 1963 and then as head of the art school until his retirement in 1974. He died in May 1986, aged 72.

Thank you, Laurie, you were my first high standard art tutor. Today, nearing 71 myself, I return to teaching fine art from my private retreat in the Goulburn Valley, using the modern convenience of online connection.

I travel extensively to draw inspiration for my paintings and writing from life experience.
You will discover my Australian rural-lit novels at

​Ryn Shell.