Most of our lives we have been blessed to be surrounded and inspired by creative people. Darren’s background was in finance and music and I worked with professional designers, artists and a photographer whose passion was to communicate to others through their art. Their outlook on life, attention to detail and professionalism had a huge influence upon us both stirring our imaginations to see more, dream bigger and prepared us to take some risks.
Originally from Melbourne, we moved to the Central Coast, both working in a recording studio working with artists and supplying music for advertising, film and television. Over time, I became the mother of two wonderful boys and gained experience working for several well-known artists in their commercial galleries. These environments continued to fuel my interest and passion in art which lead to me completeing a Fine Art Degree at the University of Newcastle.
While studying, I had been regularly exhibiting and selling artworks through local galleries and shows and in 2013 when by chance (or was it providence?) we came across a beautifully restored gallery space. This exquisite light filled, gallery with timber floors, provided a wonderful space to exhibit in and so we opened Bobbie P Gallery. We were very fresh and yes, naive enough to give it a go. It was a moment in time, totally left of field, but it felt right and by throwing ourselves into it, we learnt how to run an art gallery. They were exciting days, I was exhibiting my own original works and we were holding regular solo and group exhibitions for other artists. It was a steep learning curve.
In 2017 we made some changes and moved to Terrigal, providing us with a new gallery location, a greatly needed studio space and a haven of new inspiration and artistic content. Our new home has given us the freedom to become more focused on creativity, our art, and our clients.
Our business is very hands on which has caused us both to grow and develop in so many ways, more than we could ever of imagined. We needed canvases and framing, so we learnt the processes to make our own. Fine art reproductions, advertising and social media require good photographic images, so we learnt about photography and lighting. Darren’s attention to detail and creative eye with everything he’s taken on at the gallery is very impressive.Many of these skill sets have been learnt along the way and are now major parts of our business and helped makes us very boutique in what we do.
Seven years ago we established Bobbie P Gallery, it’s been a journey of innovation and creativity, exciting and ever changing. It continually challenges us both to grow and develope as artists and individuals, how we see the world and how we interpretate it. Whether bringing together a body or exhibitions of new works, providing professional photographic services, presenting creative workshops, or providing unique commissioned artworks for our clients, we love this creative journey and count it a privilege to share it with you!