Brushed aside for wildlife art

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

GARY Wood­field’s wildlife scenes are vivid with de­tail, res­o­nant with story – and pro­duced with no paint­brushes.

For his third ex­hi­bi­tion, the Gin Gin artist show­cased his own unique style of paint­ing with nat­u­ral ob­jects.

Mr Wood­field said “the sim­plest things can pro­vide tex­ture”, and paint can be ap­plied with skew­ers, pine leaves and pine cones, seeds, clay and other ma­te­ri­als.

Each of his de­tailed wildlife paint­ings de­picts a story, from “the pos­sum sit­ting close to my art ta­ble” to the Bat­tle of the Ar­dennes.

“I do a lot of re­search first and sketches for each,” he said.

The paint­ings Lit­tle Ri­fle­man and Heavy Bur­den were from his Ar­dennes se­ries.

Lit­tle Ri­fle­man, de­pict­ing a rab­bit poised on an old ri­fle on the for­est floor, told the story of Otto Bouer­mann.

A mem­ber of the 10th Gre­nadiers, Mr Bouer­mann was se­verely wounded in 1945 and lost his ri­fle in the for­est.

About four years ago, his ri­fle was re­turned to him af­ter a suc­cess­ful three-week search.

Mr Wood­field said he hoped to place some of his works in ge­o­graph­i­cal and wildlife mag­a­zines.

The ex­hi­bi­tion continues at Mt Perry Art Gallery un­til Au­gust 17.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

ON SHOW: Liz and Hugh Wit­ten with artist GaryWood­field.

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