Felix gallery open every weekend

GALLERY: Artists Michael Felix and his wife Fiona Patterson open a studio and gallery at their house at 56 Allenby Road, Alexandra Hills.
GALLERY: Artists Michael Felix and his wife Fiona Patterson open a studio and gallery at their house at 56 Allenby Road, Alexandra Hills.

The work of artists Michael Felix and his wife Fiona Patterson forms the basis of a new studio and gallery at their house at 56 Allenby Road, Alexandra Hills.

The gallery opens on October 16 and will be open every weekend from 9am to 4pm for public viewing.

"It was my wife's dream to have a gallery to show our work and the work of other people.

"It will also be a place for portrait sittings. There is a good traffic flow along Allenby Road so we are well placed and there is plenty of space under the house," Mr Felix said.

Admission to the gallery is free and Mr Felix said parking is available on Allenby Road and in the church carpark opposite.

Together, the couple has amassed a vast quantity of art works with about 40 works always on display. Most works are for sale.

The pair met through the Artist's Guild of Australia in 2001 where Mr Felix was a featured artist.

They married in 2008. Mr Felix, 69, has won a myriad of awards in an art career spanning 40 years, including third place at the Redland show in 1993 for his portrait of an aboriginal person.

He describes himself as a traditionalist, illustrator and portrait artist, whose quick skill at picking out a likeness has been employed by Channel 9 for the past 22 years as a courtroom portrait artist.

"I don't draw nice people - only murderers and baddies," he said.

These include quick courtroom sketches have included bank robber Brenden Abbott, murderer Gerard Baden-Clay and Daniel Morcombe's murderer Brett Peter Cowan.

"In the years I've worked in this industry, I've drawn most of the famous cases - all the nasties. You have to be quick to draw them and work quietly. Sometimes you only have a few minutes to get the likeness. It's been an interesting life. I must say I don't always listen to the detail of the court though. I have to concentrate on the art," Mr Felix said.

Mr Felix said he also enjoyed wildlife art and was a former member of the Queensland Wildlife Artist Society.

"The Redlands inspires me. We have planted a garden to attract the wildlife. They call me the birdman. I talk to them. Our garden is our little haven," he said.

"My art biography is the art. It is a form of therapy," he said.

Mr Felix describes his wife's work as contemporary and abstract.

The pair both have two works currently on show at the Redlands Creative Alliance In Focus exhibition, being staged at the Capalaba library from October 17 to January 12.

The exhibition marks Remembrance Day.