THE WORLD IS HER CANVAS
Creativity at core of artist’s varied work
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
Manjimup artist Carol Hackett considers anything that is not moving as a canvas.