In our gallery with Debra West – Bundaberg now offers free good news

How long have you been an artist and how did you start?

As a child, I was always interested in colors and drawing on anything, even walls.

It was in high school in North Rockhampton that a wonderful art teacher helped me get ahead.

After having two children in my early twenties art was put on the back burner and it wasn’t really until I was much older that I continued to draw in graphite, colored pencils and sometimes in oil pastel.

After moving to Bundaberg in 2002, I volunteered at regional galleries in Bundaberg where my love of art was rekindled.

Workshops and sketches helped me refine my skills and ideas about art.

I joined various art groups, mainly the Bundaberg Art Society and the Baldwin Swamp Art Group.

The support and encouragement I received from members of both groups in 2018 (after the loss of my husband) made me realize that I could be proud and comfortable exhibiting my work and calling myself a ‘artist.

Tell us about your works exhibited in the regional galleries of Bundaberg as part of the Here + Now exhibition?

Pig on Cushions is a vibrant, bright and playful painting that I hoped would first make viewers laugh and then think about the relevance of a pig in this environment.

We are all different and not everyone can live in luxury or even find the time to bask in wine and chocolates.

Everyday life, kids and work get in the way of such things, so if my painting makes you smile or laugh, I’m delighted.

What was the inspiration behind this piece?

The inspiration behind the piece came from Elsa Sroka’s series of artworks titled “The Unexpected” where cows are depicted comfortably lying or lounging in domestic settings.

The visualization of a pig draped in rich fabrics supported by lushly thick tapestries came to mind and ‘Pig’ became a reality.

Christy J. Olson