Nat­u­ral re­flec­tions

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Court­ney Fowler

■ Lo­cal artist Diane Camp­bell is hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion called the Depth of Sap­phire at Soul Café this month.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of 13 oil paint­ings brings to­gether Camp­bell’s fas­ci­na­tion with sea scapes, cloud for­ma­tions and nat­u­ral colour.

De­vel­oped from a large and on­go­ing archive of pho­to­graphic ref­er­ences, these oil paint­ings meld to­gether ethe­real im­ages from her ev­ery­day life.

“I have de­vel­oped my own dis­tinc­tive style with this medium, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from all the nat­u­ral colours and seascapes of Dampier,” she said.

“Oil on can­vas takes longer to dry so you can play with it for days, I smudge and blend colours un­til I am happy with the fi­nal prod­uct.

“It was a medium I had never used be­fore. As a for­mer theatre set de­signer we al­ways had to paint very quickly with acrylics, which is a very un­for­giv­ing medium.”

Since the clo­sure of the Walk­ing­ton Theatre in Kar­ratha in 2013, the for­mer theatre tech­ni­cian has turned her pas­sion to paint­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing com­mu­nity art classes.

“Paint­ing is the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morn­ing,” she said.

“I love to share my pas­sion with the com­mu­nity. I have fa­cil­i­tated a num­ber of youth paint­ing classes.

“I’d love to see more of a Kar­ratha arts and theatre scene start up again, it’s a great al­ter­na­tive for kids who aren’t sporty.”

Camp­bell said she had just started ex­per­i­ment­ing with iron ore for her en­try into the 2015 Dampier Art Awards.

“Where I work I see all the iron ore crushed. We are sur­rounded by all these in­tense nat­u­ral colours,” she said.

“This inspired me to start my new ven­ture work­ing with iron ore for a new range of paint­ings and prints.

“I en­cour­age peo­ple to look at the prod­uct we work with ev­ery day. “It isn’t just dirt,” she said. Camp­bell said her Depth of Sap­phire ex­hi­bi­tion would be on at Soul Café un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

“I en­cour­age any­one who paints to con­tact Soul Café. It’s a great space to ex­hibit,” she said.

“I have the ex­hi­bi­tion booked again next year for the Kar­ratha Li­brary.”

All paint­ings are for sale. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Diane Camp­bell on 0427 831 176.

Pic­ture: Diane Camp­bell

Diane Camp­bell’s ex­hi­bi­tion the Depth of Sap­phire is on at Soul Cafe un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

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