Artist John Dollery puts the finishing touches on Ship of Dreams before his exhibition opening at the School of Arts on Sunday.
Artist John Dollery puts the finishing touches on Ship of Dreams before his exhibition opening at the School of Arts on Sunday.

Artist to throw charity a lifeline

JOHN Dollery has had plenty of ups and downs in his life and Lifeline has always been around to support him.

With the opening of his latest art exhibition, he plans to give something back.

Mr Dollery is a talented oil painter and plans to give 20 per cent of his exhibition profits to the Lifeline Coral Coast Capricorn charity.

The Bundaberg man suffered a mental breakdown while in Rockhampton in the early 1970s. He was found weeks later in Cairns not knowing how he got there or why.

“I was walking along the street with bare feet and shorts and a shirt with sunburn and bleeding from the foot,” he said.

“Someone from Lifeline spotted me, took me to the hospital and helped. I don’t remember anything.”

When Mr Dollery’s car was found, it had an easel and paints in the back.

“I used to paint just as a hobby,” he said.

“They bought me the equipment and I started painting again at the hospital where I was recovering.”

An education department employee saw Mr Dollery’s work and got him a job as an art teacher for a few hours a week.

“Lifeline really got me back on my feet,” he said.

“Now I want to give something back. I feel that when you are getting something out of life you should put something back in.”

The collection consists of 27 oil paintings and one print and has taken about three years for Mr Dollery to complete.

There are plenty of seascape, landscape and historic paintings in the exhibition.

“I started the history paintings when my daughter was at school and the schools were not teaching history,” he said.

“I think that history is very important for everyone to know. We learn from our mistakes.”

The free exhibition opens at the School of Arts tomorrow at 10am. It will be open on weekdays from 10am until 5pm.

The work ranges from small to extra large paintings with a variety of landscapes, seascapes and creative designs.

Mr Dollery hopes to help others with his donation.

“There is always someone worse off than you,” he said.

Exhibition opening

An exhibition of oil paintings by John Dollery will be on display at the School of Arts from 10am until 3pm tomorrow.

Twenty per cent of all proceeds will be donated to Lifeline.



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