Margaret River Vineyard Paintings

Original oil paintings by Ken Rasmussen.

Margaret River Vineyards in the Late Afternoon, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen
Autumn's Fire at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Autumn’s Fire at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 640 × 840 mm
B67

This is a scene at dawn. We can see the white flowers of the pompom plants sometimes called “pussycat tails”. The light is bouncing off the flowers exaggerating the pink of the dawn. It’s quite a spectacular effect. The leaves on the vines are turning their beautiful autumn tones.

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Caves Road Sunset by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Caves Road Sunset

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 600 × 700 mm
N92

We’re standing below Caves Road and looking east towards the dawn. The sun is coming up across Calgardup Brook. The trees you can see are Marri and Jarrah. On that stunning morning, I remember the sound of willie wagtails singing and the wind blowing through the trees.

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Leeuwin Estate Autumn Fire by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Leeuwin Estate Vineyard

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
H88

It’s winter, the rains have fallen and the grass is all greened up. The Cape Daisies are out.

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Caves Road at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Caves Road at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 580 × 770 mm
G32

We can see the line of trees in the background which is Caves Road. We’re looking west toward the sunset. That particular light colour in the pasture on the other side of the trees comes from the little pompom plants. It’s a ground cover of that some people call “white pussycat tails”. The white flowers bounce the light around and create a pleasing warm glow.

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The Vintage at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

The Vintage at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 580 × 770 mm
Framing (Board)
R93

In the heat of summer the grapes are hidden under the leaves of the vine, to protect them from the sun. This painting is showing the stunning Margaret River dawn light that you see between five and six in the morning – if you can get up early enough. These fully laden Chardonnay vines are soaking up the warmth.

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Bussell Highway Autumn by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Bussell Highway Autumn

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 600 × 700 mm
N98

We can see that it is late autumn in the Margaret River vineyards. The leaves are changing colour and the pastures have turned green. The line of trees is the Bussell Highway.

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Caves Road Sunset at Margaret River

Caves Road Sunset at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 580 × 770 mm
Framing (Board)
Z36

This is a scene at about six or seven in the evening. Caves Road is that line of trees. I remember that particular twilight. The view had just got better and better so I couldn’t bring myself to leave. The owner was a lovely man who was happy to let me stay until the light went. Then he generously gave me a lift down to the gate with all my gear.

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The Vintage at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

The Vintage at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 600 × 700 mm
B43

These vines are near where Wildwood Road joins Caves Road. Caves Road is down the bottom of the valley out of sight. This is summertime in a Margaret River vineyard.

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Cabernet Beside Caves Road by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Cabernet Beside Caves Road

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 640 × 840 mm
Framing (Board)
A75

We are standing in the vineyard at about six o’clock on a late afternoon in summer. This is the second dam down from the top in a series of five. The sunset is still over an hour away and it’s still and hot.

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Margaret River Vintage by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Margaret River Vintage

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 580 × 770 mm
Framing (Board)
M54

The treeline is Caves Road. This is toward the end of January when it’s really hot.

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Summer Sunset at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Summer Sunset at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
V26

We are looking at a sunset view of the vineyard and Caves Road. That is the Leeuwin Ridge behind it. I feel very proud that I could capture this scene. I think there’s nothing else quite like it in the world.

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Autumn Night at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Autumn Night at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
Framing (Board)
K85

We are standing on the northern boundary of a Margaret River winery. There’s a big stand of Jarrah trees in the distance. We are looking east as the moon rises in the late evening.

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The Vintage at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

The Vintage at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
Framing (Board)
B84

This is a painting about the business of picking the grapes and working in the vineyard. You’ll notice the tractor in the background on this stunning summers day.

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Margaret River Autumn by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Margaret River Autumn

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
L75

One day I was painting in the vineyards and I spotted some secateurs. They’d been left behind on a post. I was suddenly so impressed that all these vines were hand pruned. What an extraordinary labour of love.

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Margaret River Grape Pickers by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Margaret River Grape Pickers

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 390 × 520 mm
D36

We are looking at a romantic dawn scene in the vineyards of Margaret River. Young people are playing the guitar and enjoying themselves. They are the seasonal workers who come to pick the grapes in the summer.

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Caves Road Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Caves Road Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
A85

We can see vineyards, Caves Road and the Leeuwin Ridge behind it. It is a sheer joy for me to paint this the light in this wonderful place. We can see the glitter on the young vines, the faded grasses of late summer and the contrast between the greenery and the soft faded colours of summer.

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Wildwood from Caves Road by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Wildwood from Caves Road

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 390 × 520 mm
L82

On the other side of that pasture is Wildwood Road. That stand of trees is one of my favourite places to paint the vineyards of Margaret River.

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Marri and Vines at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Marri and Vines at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
Framing (Board)
H54

These are vineyards near Dunsborough. The ocean is just over the other side of those Marri’s. I didn’t pay much attention to the name of the place because I was so delighted by the colours of the Marri’s and vines.

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Caves Road Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Caves Road Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
D46

We are in a vineyard looking towards Caves Road. This is around March or April in the late afternoon. It is an oil painting that feels like a watercolour because I’ve smoothed the paint out. You get that blended feel that gives a softer autumn feel.

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Margaret River Sunset by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Margaret River Sunset

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
Framing (Board)
G25

We are looking at the blazing sunset over the vineyards, Caves Road and the Leeuwin Ridge.

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Wildwood Valley at Caves Road by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Wildwood Valley at Caves Road

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
N39

It’s dawn and we are standing at the gate of a vineyard on Caves Road, looking at the middle ridge. That far ridge is where Wildwood Road is.

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The Wildwood Valley From Caves Road by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

The Wildwood Valley From Caves Road

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
Framing (Board)
R56

This is a very recognisable sort of view you’ll see in the vineyards down at Margaret River. We are looking down across the valley to Wildwood Road. The road is hidden behind those trees in the middle. There’s a vastness to the valley and the sky.

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Autumn's Fires Caves Road by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Vineyard Dam

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
K67

We are looking at a scene that includes Caves Road. The dam is down the bottom of that valley, but I painted the foreground then moved up the hill. This is early in the evening around seven o’clock.

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Caves Road Autumn by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Caves Road Dawn

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
Y25

We are standing in the dawn light looking east from the vineyard.

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Cabernet at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Cabernet at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
Framing (Board)
M27

We are looking at Harmans Mill Road around midday in high summer. You can see I’m very taken by the vivid blue sky and the bright light.

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Autumn Fire Cullen's Valley by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Autumn Fire Cullen’s Valley

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
Framing (Board)
W24

We can see the big stand of Jarrah that is very prominent on the ridge in between the wineries of Margaret River.

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Wine and Wrens at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Wine and Wrens at Margaret River

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
Y85

This is just before midday. It’s not so much about the activity, or the vineyard, or even Margaret River. This is my celebration of the glorious blue sky, and the gum trees, and that bright morning light.

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U83 Sunset Over Caves Road, oil painting by Ken Rasmussen

Sunset Over Caves Road

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 565 × 755 mm
U83

I love painting the very beautiful Caves Road. Such a generous peaceful retreat where the sun plays in the trees and feelings of hope come easy. Dimensions are of painting excluding frame. Painting sold fully framed.

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Sunset Impression Caves Road by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Sunset Impression Caves Road

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
Framing (Board)
U88

This painting is about the experience of looking into a blaze of colour. The detail of what is around you recedes because the light is intense. We are looking at the late summer sun in the afternoon. Those pompom plants are providing golden reflected light.

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Selected Sold Works

The Upper Margaret River Near Jindong by Ken Rasmussen

The Upper Margaret River Near Jindong

$5,000.00

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 700 × 840 mm
F22

This painting is priced and sold unframed. The framed painting (980mm x 1120mm) is available on request, at additional cost.

Bright Night at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Bright Night at Margaret River

$1,870.00

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
Framing (Board)
M94

This is a night landscape in the vineyards of Margaret River. There’s a beautiful big Marri that’s lit up by a full moon.

Ripening Vines at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Ripening Vines at Margaret River

$4,095.00

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 640 × 840 mm
Framing (Board)
S94

Painting into the light is always a challenge and I’m pleased with how this picture turned out. I love the Marri trees. In particular, I like it when they’re fully grown like this and not cut back. They spread out like a bunch of flowers, and the light shines up underneath them. This is a lovely place to sit and to be warmed by the sun.

Golden Autumn at Margaret River by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Golden Autumn at Margaret River

$2,150.00

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
D76

We can see Harmans Mill Road running off on the left of the picture. Caves Road is behind us and it’s running up into the wooded area that lies east of Caves Road on the ridges above.You can see some smoke from the burning off of vine trimmings.

Chardonnay Beside Caves Road Ken Rasmussen Painting

Chardonnay Beside Caves Road

$1,900.00

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 400 × 530 mm
Q95

We are looking at Chardonnay grapevines in a vineyard. There’s the treeline of Caves Road. This is a place with the most fantastic Margaret River vineyard views.

Margaret River Sunset by Ken Rasmussen - Oil on Board Painting

Margaret River Sunset

$1,500.00

Oil on Board Painting
Dimensions 320 × 460 mm
W45

It is late afternoon in the Margaret River summer. We are looking at the view of Caves Road and the vineyards on a hot day.