Possum Cottage Art Gallery
While your staying at Possum Park why not give the resident artist “Chris Osborne” a visit and browse his artworks inside Possum Cottage the old WWII explosives laboratory.
Here you will find a collection of original artworks, limited edition prints, greeting cards, postcards, fridge magnets and Possum Park coffee mugs.
Open every day from 10am to 4:30pm or on request, unless offsite. Located next to the TAA Vickers Viscount Plane.
About Chris Osborne
As a young man Chris Osborne set himself up with a thorough foundation in art and design, acquiring an Associate Diploma in Fine Arts at TAFE, following on with a Graphic Design course at Chase School of Graphic Design in the early nineties.
Fine art and design were put aside while he built a career in computer mapping in Sydney and Newcastle. Discovering a love for film, both still and moving pictures, creativity started to make a comeback in Osborne’s life. He put his photography to work making YouTube videos to document his bushwalking, kayaking and biking adventures for family and friends.
Osborne was inspired by books he read on his work commute to seek more adventure in his life. In 2018 he put his house on the market, quit his secure job of 27 years, and boarded the train at Central Station for the last time. He has never looked back.
Osborne headed to Europe for six months of travel. Walking the Camino de Santiago, a 900km trek across France and Spain was an amazing transition from work life to, living life free and unrestricted. Returning to Australia in 2019 he travelled around Queensland and New South Wales, collecting and documenting experiences for his travel blog. Using his photography as source material, Osborne finally began to paint again, focusing on animals and landscapes. Lockdown supercharged his rekindled passion and by 2021 he had created work for his first virtual exhibition Beaks, Claws & Paws. His first gallery exhibition Beach to Bush launched at Gatakers Art Space Maryborough and then ArtPlus Gallery Bundaberg.
Osborne is now Artist in Residence at Possum Park, Kowguran (Miles) Queensland. Here he has his home and studio and displays his work in the Possum Cottage Gallery and shop. Amid beautiful gardens with lots of native birds he paints surrounded by nature. His dream to become a working artist is now a reality.