Artist shines light on Ro­tary’s good works

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WHEN Kenwick res­i­dent Leonie Do­browol­ski was tasked with creat­ing a paint­ing for the Ro­tary Club of Perth’s 90th an­niver­sary, her brief was sim­ple.

Mrs Do­browol­ski, an ex­pe­ri­enced artist who has con­trib­uted to sold-out ex­hi­bi­tions in places in­clud­ing Hong Kong, was sim­ply told to think about what best rep­re­sented Western Aus­tralia.

From there, she took the con­cept and had artis­tic free­dom to cap­ture the state’s glo­ri­ous fea­tures in what­ever way she thought best, while also giv­ing the work a Ro­tary feel.

“They re­alised you don’t tell an artist how to do it,” she said.

“I knew I had to have the Ro­tary wheel in the paint­ing, so I used it as the sun.

“I had it de­scend­ing a warm glow all over the city and I con­sid­ered that the warm glow of Ro­tary good­ness.”

Mrs Do­browol­ski chose to paint with oils on a Bel­gian linen can­vas, which she con­sid­ers to be among the finest ma­te­ri­als to work with.

The artist, who also de­signed a ban­ner for the club, said while the work was repet­i­tive, not once did it feel like a chore.

“You’re do­ing hun­dreds of brush strokes, but it’s about the best can­vas you can have, it’s so nice too.

“It was re­ally nice to spend all those happy hours paint­ing and to paint the good­ness the Ro­tary does.”

Ro­tary Club of Perth pres­i­dent Larry Hirsch said he was de­lighted with the cre­ations.

“Both the paint­ing and the new ban­ners rep­re­sent the fu­ture di­rec­tion and en­ergy of Ro­tary as it con­tin­ues do­ing amaz­ing com­mu­nity projects, here and over­seas.”

Ro­tary Club of Perth pres­i­dent Larry Hirsch and artist Leonie Do­browol­ski un­veil the paint­ing.

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