Artists inspired by environment
Two local artists are incorporating their love for the glorious South Coast environment with art for their exhibition, Nurturing Nature Through Art as part of the Southern Art and Craft Trail.
Artists Karen Quain and Toni Hough follow the theme of nature in your backyard to tell the story of local creatures.
As a wildlife career, Hough said they had included species that could be found in the Southern Art and Craft Trail region.
“I often feel people take for granted the amazing part of the world that we live in with its huge range of unique and beautiful flora and fauna,” she said.
“One thing is for sure, I never run out of inspiration to draw, and I hope I can instil in people the importance of our environment and all its inhabitants through my drawings.” She said many people may not be aware of the number of endangered, threatened or unique species of flora and fauna in the region.
“By having exhibitions such as this one I am hopeful that we can bring awareness to a larger audience and help to inspire everyone to at least be conscious, or by creating small havens within our own back yard to encourage wildlife, which can make a big difference to species populations,” Hough said.
Quain runs an environmental program for primary school students and said art was one way of teaching people to realise the beauty of native flora ana and fauna.
“I use art as a tool to make a stas statement and to educate others as it is open-ended so it gives the fre freedom to examine any topic ana and create a response — it me means every person can have the their own way of responding,” s she said.
““We live in a very beautiful are area of the world and it is up to all of us to care for our cou country.”
T The exhibition will be held at th thehe South Coast Natural ResR Resource Management on MeM Mercer Road in Albany and op openspe on Saturday, September 16 16.6.
T The artists will donate part of th thehe proceeds from sales to the So Southou Coast Environment FunFu Fund.
Quain shows the beauty of our native flora.
Hough expresses a softer side of our fauna that people don’t always see.