Bland and conventional are two words which don't come to mind when describing ebullient Broulee artist Steve Fox.
Whirling landscapes as colourful as his past rub shoulders with sensitive pen-and-ink sketches in a retrospective show in Moruya this month.
His life's palette embraces hippie living in Darwin in the 60s, coordinating Aboriginal arts and craft in Arnhemland, workshops for inmates, and directing the Maruku Arts Centre at Uluru for the Mutitjulu community.
"I do art because I love it," Mr Fox said. His natural talent was nurtured at the SA School of Art (thanks to the support of his wife Lil), where he was awarded the H Gill Memorial Medal in 1978.
His dad initially wasn't impressed. “(You) used to be able to draw before you went to art school" was his reaction to an abstract expressionist painting. But he came around and was proud of what his son did with his art. An enthusiastic and engaging raconteur, Mr Fox will bend ears at Moruya Books each Saturday morning until August 4.