Cronulla Point Going Off. Part of the Garry Birdsall series of "Surfing in the 60's Surf Art".
Garry grew up surfing at Cronulla. Memories of his youth.... "Its sweeping sandy beaches gave up wonderful waves for my mates and I to ride said Garry. From time to time strong south winds blew up the coast and caused huge swells to form off Cronulla Point. The sight of these awesome wave lines marching in from the horizon was an overwhelming challenge that few of us could resist."
Garry was born in Sydney where surfing is a national pastime (in his words). He spent all his leisure time as a youth on the beaches surfing. He was one of the pioneers of Malibu surfboard riding. Garry’s surfing ability was so good that he competed in numerous Australian and world surfing events. He was the first artist in Australia to do airbrushed paintings on surfboards. Most of his life he’s worked in the surfing industry form board building to wholesale & retail sales.
Today, Garry paints in his Sydney based studio. He uses a variety of mixed media but mostly favours the technique he used in “Cronulla Point Going Off” which is a combination of opaque and translucent watercolours. He’s still out actively surfing and many of his painting are inspired by the magic of the ocean and his love of riding waves.