On treasure trail
HILLS ARTISTS OPEN THEIR STUDIOS
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.
Artist Jeanette Dyson at her art studio at home in Bedfordale.