‘Iconic’ beauty cap­tured

Young artist’s piece wins re­gional prize

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Me­lanie Keyte me­lanie.keyte@gat­ton­star.com.au

IT WAS the long­est He­lenna Dohle had spent on a sin­gle art­work but the hard work was worth it, as the young artist picked up the Peo­ple’s Choice award in the Queens­land Re­gional Art Awards’ youth cat­e­gory last month.

Her mis­sion was to cap­ture “iconic Queens­land” and the Linville woman said she quickly set to work scop­ing out the best scenes in her area.

“I think what’s iconic about Queens­land is the quirky lit­tle spots you find all over, that not a lot of peo­ple know about,” she said.

Ms Dohle said she had gone lo­ca­tion-scout­ing with her mother and by chance, the pair ended up at Coomba Falls, near Maiden­well, with an un­usual fo­cus.

“The land­scape I chose wasn’t of the falls... it was the steps,” she said.

“The stairs are in them­selves an art­work, they’re ac­tu­ally carved out of the stone and they’re so beau­ti­ful.

“I re­mem­ber be­ing there and just go­ing ‘This is gor­geous’, but it wasn’t un­til I got home and saw the photo Mum had taken that I thought I had to draw this, I had to cap­ture it.”

The 24-year-old said she was in­stantly ab­sorbed by the piece.

“I was re­ally par­tic­u­lar with try­ing to re­cap­ture (the scene) onto the page,” she said.

“I hadn’t done a land­scape art­work be­fore and I thought I’d try.

“It’s al­ways nice when you put a lot of work into an art­work and then get good feed­back that peo­ple like it.”

But this isn’t her first win.

In 2016, Ms Dohle won in the same cat­e­gory for her beach-side self-por­trait.

“I made it so the fig­ure wasn’t the fo­cus, it was the ocean,” she said.

“The theme for that year was Colours of Queens­land so I made it all about the colours – bright blues, bright sand and bright skies.”

The young artist said she’s al­ways punched out quick doo­dles and sketches in her note­book mar­gins or scraps of pa­per but only be­gan tak­ing her art se­ri­ously about four years ago, with her first proper piece be­ing a de­tailed por­trait of Johnathan Thurston.

Though she’s proud of all her cre­ations, Ms Dohle said this lat­est piece was her favourite.

“I think your lat­est art­work is al­ways the one you love the most at that point,” she said.

“Es­pe­cially when the land­scape was new and dif­fer­ent ter­ri­tory for me.”


NAT­U­RAL BEAUTY: He­lenna Dohle said she be­came ob­sessed with cap­tur­ing the scene from Coomba Falls.

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