Paint makes artist happy

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

OIL paint­ing each day keeps de­pres­sion at bay for Bund­aberg artist Betty Searle.

“Un­til they put the lid on, I’ll be paint­ing,” Ms Searle said.

The vi­brant oil painter’s de­pic­tion of savannah coun­try won first place in the oils/acrylic sec­tion of the 20th an­nual Mt Perry Art Show last month.

“This one was a visual im­pact as I was driv­ing down from north Queens­land through the out­back, and we passed through savannah coun­try with short stumpy trees,” Ms Searle said.

“I made my hus­band stop in the mid­dle of the road, semi­trail­ers go­ing past.”

She took sev­eral photographs to get the right as­pect and to cap­ture the light through the trees and the old anthills.

“And this is what hap­pened – and I got first prize,” she said.

Ms Searle said she couldn’t get the right light and tex­ture us­ing other styles of paint, so worked “wet and wet” with oils.

”I mainly use my board or my can­vas as a pal­ette and I put the colours on first, then I work through them.”

Ms Searle, 75, said her sis­ter’s gift of oil paints when she was 15 trans­formed her life.

“It’s my life. I never have any de­pres­sions. I just wake up in the morn­ing and look for­ward to the day.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

SAVANNAH: Betty Searle's work won first prize in the Mt Perry Art Ex­hi­bi­tion (oils/acrylics).

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