Brian Henderson who recently held an exhibition of his artworks in Cronulla,spent his entire working life getting ink on his hands,starting off in the printing trade as a retoucher at Little Golden Books in Wooloomooloo and drawing straight onto the printing plates.
Born in Sutherland in the 1930's in a house with no water or electricity,a young Brian showed promise with his art at Sutherland Primary School and when the headmaster entered one of his works into a state competition it was chosen to hang in the NSW Art Gallery.
Working with watercolors and pastels wasn't the only thing Brian was good at ,he is a Life member of Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club and won an Australian Championship as a member of their u18 Surfboat crew, also representing NSW.
Brian also played first grade Rugby League as a front rower for St George, Balmain and Western Suburbs in the glory days of the 1950's and joked that they might throw him out of the 'front rowers union' for turning his hand to the fine arts.
" I'm an all-rounder " Brian said "I studied at the National Art School whilst working for John Sands printing and now for a hobby I lust find a subject I like and work on it-my grand-kids are also starting to show some talent,so it might run in the blood "
Brian's first and only exhibition was at Anna's Cafe at Cronulla's Monro Park and was well attended with admirers amazed at what the former organizer for the printing union and National Secretary of the Australian Peace committee had produced.
"It was funny, one lady who was a dancer,asked me if she could commission me to do a Ballet series for her' Brian said "I might have to think about that,it sounds like a real job "