OUR REGION: Dennis Hope with his newly published book of drawings of Southern Downs landmarks.
OUR REGION: Dennis Hope with his newly published book of drawings of Southern Downs landmarks. Gerard Walsh

Local artist sketching our history

WARWICK artist Dennis Hope might have only lived on the Southern Downs in recent years but he is doing his bit to promote the area with his book, Warwick: Illustrations of the Region.

Mr Hope has 60 illustrations in the book; 35 of buildings in Warwick and 25 from across the region.

He features buildings at Glengallan, Deuchar, Allora, Clifton, Nobby, Greenmount, Yangan, Killarney and The Summit.

The only building not from the Southern Downs is the Toowoomba Town Hall.

The book also features three different illustrations of one of Warwick's best known historic buildings, St Mary's Catholic Church.

Each drawing sits opposite a blank page, which allows visitors to make notes about the buildings as they travel through the Southern Downs on a heritage expedition.

Mr Hope, 86, has just finished his 700th original drawing.

He did a lot of illustrations of buildings in New England when he lived at Armidale and loves the chance to focus on colonial architecture.

He had his own exhibition in the Warwick Regional Art Gallery in 2015 and since living in Warwick has also had exhibitions in London and Armidale.

His Facets exhibition is in the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery in conjunction with the State of the Art Quilters Exhibition which goes to August 5.

At one time, many of his illustrations were re-printed in the Daily News.

Some of Mr Hope's works have been used to promote the Southern Downs.

When he and wife Marjorie decided to move from the north of Brisbane, Warwick won out over Griffith in New South Wales.

"Our children are in Ipswich and Wynnum so we decided Warwick as it was a town that impressed us as we regularly drove between Armidale and Brisbane," he said.

His book is $25 and available from Bryson's Place in Palmerin St and the Warwick Visitor Information Centre for $25.

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