New Art Exhibition by Dave Groom

Dave Groom in his Beechmont studio. Photo: Supplied.
Dave Groom in his Beechmont studio. Photo: Supplied.

Rain Birds is an exhibition of new oil paintings by Scenic Rim Artist Dave Groom, who has an artist studio and gallery at Beechmont. 

In September 2019 the landscape around Dave’s property was burnt by the devastating bush fires, that sadly impacted on the local community, with many houses lost and the iconic Binna Burra Lodge destroyed.

Dave’s property was one of the lucky ones that survived, purely because of the efforts by the National Park Service, assisted by the Upper Beechmont Fire Brigade, doing a crucial hazard reduction burn, just three weeks before the Sarabah fire came through. 

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Without this burn, he would have lost his house, cottage and studio gallery to fire.

Time has moved on and fortunately the area has received great rain over the last year and the open forest that was so heavily burnt in the fire, has come back incredibly well. 

As an artist who portrays the landscape around him in its current form, Dave has spent the last few months painting this forest, in celebration of its regeneration. 

On his daily walks along the razorback near Binna Burra, he has been observing the regrowth and beauty returning to the natural landscape.

Paintings include views across to Darlington and into the Coomera Valley, with the local bird life featured in many of the works. 

Other paintings portray the mist and cloud lifting from the mountains, after days of wonderful spring rain and trunks of eucalypt trees shrouded in the soft mountain mist.

Rain Birds opens 10am on Saturday 11 December at the Studio Gallery which is located at 671 Binna Burra Road. 

The exhibition continues until Sunday 19 December. Gallery hours are 10am to 4pm. Please note the Gallery will be closed on Wednesday 15 December. 

For more information contact Dave by phone on 0434 036 975 or visit his website at

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