Paul ‘Budgie’ Burgess

PB Ath031_med57cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough.
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Paul was in great form domestically in 2005 clearing 5.91, 5.95 and 6.00m – the three highest vaults on Australian soil. His 6.00m vault moved him to No. 8 in world pole vault history. He won his third national title in March 2005.

After repeating his national title in February 2006, and winning the Sergei Bubka pole vault meet in Donetsk, Ukraine, he unfortunately failed to clear his opening height at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He had a most successful 2006 European circuit highlighted by a win at the IAAF Grand Prix final in Stuttgart with 5.82m – ending the year as world number 2 on the IAAF Rankings. In 2007 his ranking was first, a single point ahead of compatriot Steven Hooker.



By Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)