On trea­sure trail

HILLS ARTISTS OPEN THEIR STU­DIOS

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page - Jes­sica War­riner

BEDFORDALE artist Jeanette Dyson has ex­hib­ited her sig­na­ture works all over the world and is now invit­ing vis­i­tors into her stu­dio for the Ar­madale Hills Arts Trail.

Dyson is well-known for her Kim­ber­ley-in­spired works, in­spired by the decade she spent there af­ter hus­band Larry was trans­ferred to Ku­nunurra to work on the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and WA bor­der as a quar­an­tine in­spec­tor.

“It was life-chang­ing for me and my art. I ended up be­ing based at Red Rock Art, an indige­nous art gallery. It was a shared space with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, where we painted in the gallery and we started to share the ochres,” Dyson said.

“I started do­ing mixed me­dia and now I use resins from our grass trees and gold dust, pearl dust, acrylics. I try to do some­thing unique.”

The artist still ex­hibits in and trav­els to the Kim­ber­ley to keep the con­nec­tion alive and has since taken her works to Lon­don, Paris and New York, scoop­ing up more than 100 prizes and fea­tur­ing in about 44 solo or joint ex­hi­bi­tions.

Dyson works flat rather than on an easel, mix­ing up her ochres to spread colour across the can­vas for her dis­tinc­tive Kim­ber­ley land­scapes.

She said she loved be­ing a part of the Open Stu­dio Arts Trail and open­ing her stu­dio for peo­ple to ex­plore.

“The di­ver­sity of all the artists, crafts­peo­ple and ar­ti­sans is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing; each one of us is on our own jour­ney,” she said.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited be­cause we’re try­ing to put Ar­madale and the Hills out there.”

Fifty lo­cal artists are show­ing off their cre­ative spa­ces for the Arts Trail from Septem­ber 8 to 24, with the Trail free to at­tend.

To find out more about the Arts Trail, visit vis­i­tar­madale.com. au/spring-ar­madale or call the Ar­madale Vis­i­tor Cen­tre on 9394 5410.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473251

Artist Jeanette Dyson at her art stu­dio at home in Bedfordale.

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