Home at heart of art­work

Isis Town and Country - - News - By SHIRLEY WAY

Mar­i­lyn Mur­ray, artist Home doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a house – it’s more a feel­ing.

HOME is where the heart is for artist Mar­i­lyn Mur­ray, whose first solo ex­hi­bi­tion now hangs in Gayn­dah Art Gallery.

“Home doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a house – it’s more a feel­ing,” the Childers artist said.

“I have trav­elled the world, but amaz­ing land­scapes and wildlife of this unique land al­ways speak to me of home.”

Her ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores home as a sense of place and be­long­ing to fam­ily and friends, and rep­re­sents about half her paint­ings of the past nine years.

“I started this (artis­tic) jour­ney and I feel I have to share.”

Ms Mur­ray started to paint “lit­tle snip­pets of my life” as part of her re­cov­ery from breast can­cer.

“I did a thing called ‘draw­ing on the right side of the brain’ at the Re­lax­ation Cen­tre in Bris­bane,” she said.

“I started draw­ing and picked up pas­tels. The fine line of pas­tels is very con­ducive to por­traits.

“My acrylics have a lit­tle more punch in them.”

The “cheeky grin and sparkly eyes” of her son David, who would have been 40 this week, fea­ture in one of her por­traits.

Three of her re­al­ist paint­ings have won her three highly com­mend­eds at the Bund­aberg Art Awards.

Two of th­ese – Road to Ap­ple Tree Creek and Kelly’s Beach (Bar­gara) – can be seen at the ex­hi­bi­tion, run­ning un­til March 1.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.