Ozanam Villa resident Terri Hocking celebrated her 90th birthday in May with an exhibition of her own original artwork within the residents lounge at the Clontarf Aged Care facility.
Terri Hocking has been an artist from her earliest days growing up in Scotland, studying Art at the Glasgow School of Art and the local Technical College.
In 1958, she left the dreich Scottish weather behind for a working holiday to Australia, and it was on this voyage that she met her future husband, Bill Hocking. They decided to settle, together, living first in Sydney where Terri worked for Universal Textiles Australia, then moving to Gunnedah, NSW, with Bill’s first teaching post.
Terri continued to create – attending pottery, painting and ticket writing classes while working and raising three children.
When she and Bill retired to Wentworth Falls (NSW) she joined the renowned Society of Mountain Artists and was quickly scooped up as their Secretary – a role she held for some years.
Terri relished the chance to paint “en plein air” and to attend the many artist’s workshops and painting excursions organised by the Society. It was in the Blue Mountains she produced much of her beautiful landscape work and she exhibited, and sold, many paintings while she was there.
When her husband Bill passed away, Terri moved from the mountains to the sea, settling on Bribie Island, Qld, where she enrolled in many U3A courses and her creative interests expanded to include sculpture, philosophy and Italian!
When her sight deteriorated Terri moved into Ozanam Villa, Clontarf. Although Terri can no longer draw or paint easily, this exhibition of her work reflects her lifelong love of art and passion for painting.