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