‘It will be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence’


NSW’s Sharon Fen­som is com­ing back to Rochy af­ter hav­ing a year off.

The 2016 run­ner-up is a sign­writer by trade, but paints mu­rals as a hobby.

‘‘I love to paint. This mu­ral rep­re­sents the na­ture that is dear to my heart,’’ she said.

She de­scribes her art as en­er­getic, full of spirit with a bit of vi­brancy.

Ms Fen­som be­gan sign­writ­ing as a teenager and said she has al­ways had a pas­sion for art and let­ter­ing.

She has been in the sign­writ­ing busi­ness for 33 years and has drawn for as long as she can re­mem­ber.

But she is ex­cited to work with acrylic.

‘‘In my sig­nage work I work with enam­els, which are oil based and take a while to dry,’’ she said.

‘‘Us­ing acrylic is much eas­ier. It’s a wa­ter-based paint, which al­lows me to work more pro­gres­sively be­cause it dries much quicker.’’

She said she was con­fi­dent her en­try into the mu­ral fes­ti­val would be well re­ceived.

‘‘I en­joy hear­ing peo­ple’s re­sponses of all ages and see­ing how my mu­ral con­nects with them,’’ she said. ‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to com­ing back to Rochester and I know it will be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

The 2016 run­ner-up, Sharon Fen­som, is back.

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