Home at heart of artwork
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.