Cre­ativ­ity at core of artist’s var­ied work

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Tari Jef­fers

THE need for money to send her son to a scouts jam­boree is one of the things that started Carol Hack­ett on her jour­ney to be­come an artist.

Carol has been in Man­jimup for about 10 years and has been an artist about as long, with no for­mal train­ing but a great love of be­ing cre­ative.

Paint­ing and sell­ing sou­venirs was one way she and her hus­band raised the money to send their son on his trip.

“My hus­band is my qual­ity con­troller, he makes sure ev­ery­thing looks nice in case I don’t see some­thing he does,” she said.

One such ex­am­ple of that team­work is Carol’s re­cent win at the Pem­ber­ton Arts Group ex­hi­bi­tion held in con­junc­tion with the Un­earthed Pem­ber­ton Fes­ti­val this year.

Carol’s en­try called Just Cruis­ing won the en­cour­age­ment award and is a paint­ing of a man rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle and the work’s bor­der is a real tyre.

“My hus­band David came in with the tyre and said ‘here’ and then I asked what I was do­ing with it, he sug­gested get­ting a piece of wood and paint­ing some­thing in­side the tyre,” she said.

“We’re yin and yang there, it’s quite good.”

She was en­ticed to en­ter a piece in the ex­hi­bi­tion af­ter years of at­tend­ing as a sup­porter and art lover.

“I was too scared to dip my fin­gers in the pool,” she said.

“Then I got to know a few of the Pem­ber­ton ladies and they en­cour­aged me to have a go.

“The first year I en­tered I didn’t get any award but I sold a paint­ing and this year I’ve won an award.”

Carol is quite lib­eral with what she con­sid­ers a can­vas, paint­ing on tra­di­tional can­vases, saw blades and saws.

“I’ll paint on any­thing that stands still long enough,” she said. “I was called the blade lady when I first started, peo­ple had blades and I of­fered to paint them for free.

“The first blade I ever did was for the North­cliffe Work­ers Club and it’s still there now.”

In ad­di­tion to her tra­di­tional paint­ing tools, Carol has also started work­ing on py­rog­ra­phy and air­brush­ing.

“I’m mainly paint­ing at this stage and I’m one day hop­ing to get the op­por­tu­nity to paint a mu­ral in town,” she said.

“When I’ve got a paint brush in my hand, the whole world dis­ap­pears and I don’t hear any­thing and I go into my own lit­tle world.”

Carol has be­gun do­ing com­mis­sions and said one of her favourite parts was see­ing the looks on peo­ple’s faces when she handed over the work.

“Then I know I’ve done a great job, a good job, or if some­thing is not quite right, I fix it,” she said.

One of the big­gest chal­lenges of her ca­reer to date was a com­mis­sion from a woman in Queens­land who gave Carol 42 photos and asked her to do what she liked.

“I did what I thought she’d like, the back­ground’s where her par­ents used to live and then did photos of what she sup­plied on top,” Carol said.

“I sent – as I al­ways do – her a pic­ture to make sure she was happy be­fore I fin­ished it.

“She wanted some­one taken out of the paint­ing al­to­gether be­cause that per­son didn’t speak to the fam­ily any­more.”

To fur­ther her pas­sion, Carol has opened up her 44 Graphite Road house as an art stu­dio for peo­ple to visit.

I’ll paint on any­thing that stands still long enough. -Artist Carol Hack­ett

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup artist Carol Hack­ett con­sid­ers any­thing that is not mov­ing as a can­vas.

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