Gary re­ceives bronze ci­ta­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By JODIE DIXON

SELF-TAUGHT artist Gary Wood­field from Gin Gin re­ceived a bronze ci­ta­tion in the ac­claimed Wal­berg In­ter­na­tional Arts Con­test.

His home and stu­dio is one. The beau­ti­ful blue Queens­lan­der sits close to the road with the front door open, with no door­bell, your only op­tion be­ing to call out, “Hello, any­body home?”

A friendly face ap­pears, fol­lowed by “come in”. With ev­ery step, from the front door to the back, a new an in­ter­est­ing piece of art is dis­cov­ered.

The feel­ing of jeal­ousy takes over: if only I could draw.

Mr Wood­field proudly says it’s easy to learn if you want to learn. His stu­dio is nicely si­t­u­ated un­der the house and close to his nat­u­ral tools of the trade.

Mr Wood­field’s not-so-se­cret tech­niques to his works are us­ing clay, sticks, bark, cot­ton tips, sponges and his fin­gers tips.

Sur­vey­ing his stu­dio and look­ing at his latest projects, there’s not a paint brush in sight. His tools are pro­vided to him by the trees in his own backyard.

“I even use the dirt from un­der the house. I mix it with a lit­tle paint to give the ef­fect of depth and colour,” he says as he points to a small, shal­low hole in the ground.

Mr Wood­field is cur­rently work­ing on a piece for the Mon­tana Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion in Amer­ica. The cam­paign is Save the Wild Horses.

It is cur­rently un­der wraps, and Mr Wood­field has been granted per­mis­sion to show smalls parts of the process and the pic­ture. His dead­line for com­ple­tion is fast ap­proach­ing.

“I have had a lot of in­ter­est since win­ning the bronze, and I am feel­ing the pres­sure as the dead­line draws closer,” he says.

“I feel hon­oured to be asked to do this paint­ing. I need to chal­lenge my­self ev­ery step and I am happy with my work.”

The con­fi­dent artist teaches classes and is happy to share his tech­niques, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence and show off his prize-win­ning paint­ing.

He has works on dis­play at the Gin Gin Court­house Gallery, and en­cour­ages oth­ers to visit.

“I hope I can in­spire oth­ers, and many of my stu­dents have gone on to win dif­fer­ent awards,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.land­scapewil­dlifeart.com or email wood­fields6@big­pond.com.

PHOTOS: JODIE DIXON

IN DE­MAND: Aus­tralian artist Gary Wood­field re­ceived a bronze ci­ta­tion in the Wal­berg In­ter­na­tional Arts Con­test.

FIN­GER­TIPS: A close-up of Gary Wood­field’s tech­nique in­volv­ing the use of his fin­ger to shade and blend colours.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Gary is work­ing on a piece for the Mon­tana Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion.

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