A seachange from Sydney brought Neil and Sarah to Batemans Bay, a home where nature provides constant inspiration for artists. It wasn’t long before they took up pastel painting as a hobby, enjoying the opportunities for learning and exhibiting that the South Coast Pastel Society offers. Neil in particular had used his artistic flair in his work as a signwriter, a skill that he added to by undertaking additional training as a picture framer. He now combines his love of pastel and oil painting with providing framing services for an increasing number of local artists. He continues to be inspired by the natural attractions of the South Coast – national parks, waterways and beaches, bird and animal life.