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Keith arrives at the Art Gallery of NSW on a cold winter morning beaming from ear to ear. With a twinkle in his eye, he says, "Today is the best day of my life.”

Resident at Villa Maria Centre, Unanderra, Keith’s Art Gallery of NSW Experience, included a private guided tour of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. This was part of Catholic Healthcare's Win A Wish Competition, to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.

The prestigious annual exhibition is a highlight on the calendar by artists and audiences alike. Being an accomplished artist in his own right and a regular visitor of art galleries throughout much of his life, Keith says, “It feels like being home again.”

Keith was born in Kogarah, Sydney on 5 July 1925. He was an engineer, is an artist and a lover of the French Impressionist style. He has exhibited his work many times, won significant art prizes and lectured students of art at Wollongong TAFE. Many of his paintings showcase in his published book, Retrospective. “These were painted during the period when I owned a home in Caunes Minervois, in the south of France,” says Keith.

Keith’s paintings are enjoyed by many and hang proudly in the homes of those who have purchased his works and in the homes of his extended family.

Keith thoroughly enjoyed his day. “Today was an opportunity to see old things in a new light. A new world opened up before my eyes. It was hard to resist and hard to look away.”

Keith's gallery experience was shared with his wife Janice (pictured above), Lifestyle Coordinator, Rebecca and Carer, Louis. After the tour, the party enjoyed a delicious lunch at Chiswick at the Gallery restaurant.