Light Horse Art Ron & Jennifer Marshall Marshall Fine Art Editions



December 2014

Hello Everybody,

Christmas blessings to you all.

Somehow my pace this year has been somewhat slower than that of time! This newsletter chronicles the last 6 months.

Tripping About

My father had taken ill with pancreatitis while our exhibition was on in April. When we returned home in May, I and all but one of my siblings and my 2 half-sisters (there are 7 of us altogether) and my youngest daughter went out to Blackall to visit- we had a lovely time, and I stayed on for an extra week. Dad picked up considerably.

From the preparations Willy knew that a caravan trip was coming up and took every opportunity to settle himself in the car. The three of us headed off in the caravan on July 15 and took 10 days to get to Blackall, trying out the numerous free- camps along the way... now that is the relaxed way to travel! Willy enjoyed himself tremendously- he likes being a caravan cat, and an exploring cat. We found lots of lovely camp spots, and took LOTS of photos for future landscapes.

Camped at Stubby Bend, Tambo (Ron relaxing)

We stayed 6 days with Dad and Tessie in Blackall, then went out to Isisford for 3 days, but stayed 2 weeks camped on the banks of the Barcoo , where we were constantly entertained by the antics of the local birdlife on and by the river, and Willy enjoyed exploring this new environment immensly.

I had intended to do lots of painting- and had come equipped to do so- but alas, the light was so bright- or dappled, that I had to wear sunglasses, and I can't paint with sunglasses (my excuse anyway) I could have done so inside- but who wants to be inside when it is so perfectly lovely outside- and you don't want to miss the next pelican squabble or the egret catching a fish or emus visiting! So I gave my painting hand more rest and relaxed with Ron and Willy! I have stated that I will NOT go on another caravan trip without an annexe of some description under which I can paint! (We are going to Toowoomba soon to pick up one - its arrived!)


  • Drawing on the bank of the Barcoo,
  • Part of the view from our caravan door, 
  • Willy out on a limb over the Barcoo, watching pelicans.
  • A mule-  one of 2 amongst a group of 9 equines- the others being horses and ponies that came by our camp (I'd never seen a live mule before)

We visited Ilfracombe and spent too long wandering about the interesting museum complex, then on to Longreach for a full day trip. We went on a guided tour of Stockman's Hall of Fame and saw the curator- and he requested we have an exhibition of our Light Horse paintings there in July-August 2016.





I gave a presentation of the Australian Light Horse with our small prints to 10 (of 13)eager students of Isisford State School, followed by a lesson on how to draw horses. It went over extremely well, the hour allocated growing to 2 hours by student request- even into their lunch break! Such well behaved and well mannered and capable. They and the teacher thanked me for the amazing experience and invited me back next year.

We spent spent several days in Blackall on our way home in August. Then left for Tambo where disaster struck.(of the self-made kind...petrol got put into the diesel tank!). Ron and the Toyota Landcruiser got a lift back to Blackall!!!


No harm done- just dented pride and a lighter pocket! We returned in as leisurely a manner as we had gone. Spent half of 2 days at Miles Historical Village and Military Museum, they shared some fascinating photos and stories- painting ammunition! We also left them with some prints.

Permissions granted

This year has seen a number of requests from folks in West Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland seeking permission to use images of our paintings (which are copyright) to commemorate the ANZAC centenary in various ways. Some of these I cannot reveal until next year, but here are two that are already made public...

1. Wright brothers honoured...


The above photo with an article in the Yarrawonga-Chronicle-17-12-14, Victoria, shows the dedication of a commemorative lecturn which features Ron's painting The Charge in the centre panel. It details the WWI military service and outstanding community contribution of the two Wright Brothers. Bert, the elder was in the 4th Light Horse Regiment. He also served at Gallipoli and took part in the famed Charge of Beersheba with his regiment, after he recovered from injury he took part in various campaigns in France and was awarded the Medaille Militaire by the President of the French Republic. He also served in WW2 as Major to train an aboriginal squad, then deployed to Egypt to assist desert training of the troops. Willie, the younger brother served in the 6th Field Artillery Brigade and was awarded the Military Medal for great bravery and determination during the fierce fighting in Flanders.

2. Street banners Goomalling Shire Council, WA


During the duration of the centenary, commemorations these 4 street banners will hang in the main street of Goomalling in WA. The 2nd and 3rd banners depict Ron's paintings Bearing The Wounded (Simpson & his Donkey) and A Drop For My Mate

Home again

Home safe and sound after all our adventures, we now had a huge catch-up with family and friends, and a giant spring clean to do- upstairs living areas, downstairs painting studio and workspace, garage and garden.

As president of the 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop I had some very time consuming matters to deal with on our return. Since the AGM late October it now has new and very capable office-bearers, thankfully I am no longer president. Ron is very relieved!

I have had a few trips to Rowena (my eldest) and family in Toowoomba, with and without Ron (& Willy) for delightful and very important mother/daughter and grandma/grandson catch-up times. Landon was 2 years old in October, and a lively, affectionate and bright little boy he is too. I have had separate visits from my 2 boys too, and as mentioned Candace and Chris.

Landon's little sister is set to arrive on 2nd January, so the all rest of my family will be visiting them for Christmas, armed with our goodies. It will be great to be all together again.

Dad is currently in respite care in Blackall, giving Tessie a much needed break. After Christmas I and Naomi & Noralyn plan to visit them at Blackall again.

Between all of that, painting has been and will be happening as we prepare for the LEST WE FORGET exhibition in Morpeth.


Paintings In Progress

My painting wrist is in action again. Ron and I currently both have 2 Light horse paintings in progress, but not yet finished. I thought you may be interested to see the painting process of 2 of them as they progress...

Ron's painting Patrol in the Jordan Mountains
Ptrl-Jrdn-Mntns-1 Ptrl-Jrdn-Mntns-2

Ptrl-Jrdn-Mntns-3 Ptrl-Jrdn-Mntns-4

Ptrl-Jrdn-Mntns-5  ?
Final result pending - you'll see it at the LEST WE FORGET exhibition at Morpeth Gallery  in April!

My painting Writing from Gallipoli

Ron posed for this one- so I had to youngify him- take off his beard, give him more hair and smooth his wrinkles! I was aided in this endeavour by an opportune visit from Candace (my youngest daughter) and her handsome boyfriend Chris. While chatting at the table he was positioned in just the right light-and agreed to help me out, so I got the camera. The result is a morph of the two sitters!

Lttr-Frm-Gllpl-1 Lttr-Frm-Gllpl-2 

Lttr-Frm-Gllpl-3 Lttr-Frm-Gllpl-4

Lttr-Frm-Gllpl-5 ?
Final result pending - you'll see it at the LEST WE FORGET exhibition at Morpeth Gallery in April!

Some Christmas Quotes

“The greatest and most momentous fact which the history of the world records is the fact of Christ’s birth.” ~Charles H. Spurgeon



“Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king.” Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! ~Charles Wesley 


 “He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” ~Augustine 

“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” ~J.I. Packer 

“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” ~John R. Rice 

 Thank you for your interest and support for our artwork during the past year, and thanks to those who respond to my newsletters and our artworks.

I share some of them:

  1. Oh Dear, I forgot to say how wonderful and amazing your painting is!! I've been raving about it to everyone and then failed to do so to you. Anyway, you know what I think of the talent you both possess! Love all the paintings in fact! ...Love and blessings to you both, Carolyn C

  2. Jennifer and Ron,
      WOW WOW WOW!! your secret brought tears to my eyes I am proud with you and of you!! your work is inspiring and emotional...the lady who doubts is a great complement to you both on your work because it does look so realistic that you could have been there with a camera to immortalize our heroes.. I stand in awe.. cheers. Jenni B

  3.   I WANT TO TELL YOU HOW LOVELY YOUR PAINTINGS OF THE LIGHT HORSE ARE... I saw them ages ago at the home of Carolyn and Len...and also at the St Luke's Church some time must have been Spring, or Christmas... Yours, Helen C.     

  4.   I just saw the painting you did of my Great Uncle, Austin Edwards and his horse Taffy. Well done! It is a remarkable piece. Of course it is a remarkable story. He was a remarkable man.
    Chris Edwards
    Bishop of North Sydney



Well, that's it for 2014. May God bless you all with health and happiness during the time of joy that is Christmas and the beginning of a New Year.


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I picked up the print today from our nosy small town postal worker. "What did you get from Australia?" she asked. When I remarked that it was a print of the Australian Light Horse in WWI all that generated was a very puzzled look.
In any event the print is absolutely gorgeous . . . better "in person" than on the website! Thanks so much for sending it out so fast. Now I've got to make some wall space available . . .
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Michael J Martin & Virginia, Wisconsin

Dear Mr. Marshall,

Your print on canvas "The Charge" was given to me at my retirement dinner by my officers of the Special Operations Component, Coral Springs Police Department in Coral Springs, Florida. Trully stunning rendition which captures the excitement of the moment while conveying a warmth of comeradeship to the end. It will hang in my study above my collection of King and Country Lighthorsemen collectibles.

I served 35 years with Coral Springs Police Department with the last four years as Captain of the S.O.C. which is 26 officers strong with various units (Tactical & Gang, K-9, Bikes and Substations).

Your painting made my day, thank you, F McK.