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Members of the Queanbeyan Art Society were inspired by more than just the picturesque gardens as they recently spent two days painting outside at the historic Well Station in Gungahlin. They were also quite fascinated by the property’s longtime caretaker, who art association president Barry Cranston thought had a more than transient resemblance to the French painter Claude Monet, who both had a flowing white beard and certain je ne sais quoi. “He’s like a modern Monet,” Barry calculated. The man in question has a flowery last name – but it’s not Water Lily. Dennis Rose has lived at Well Station for more than 30 years and is the founder of Harrison School across the road. Barry took some pictures of Dennis with an artist’s palette, but Dennis thinks he’s not an artist. “No, not really, but I’m open,” he said. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: Barry was also impressed with the gardens at Well Station, brought to life by Dennis’ wife Maree. “It’s like Shangri-La here,” he said. “When we arrived here, it was just dirt. My wife is the creative gardener, I’m just a gopher.”


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