Raw Pil­bara land­scape in­spires cre­ative artist

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■ Liv­ing in the salt, sand, and sun of the Pil­bara has in­flu­enced a young artist to draw the flora and fauna that so fas­ci­nates her.

Most of Eleanor Killen’s pieces are born from blank ink on cold pressed cot­ton pa­per form­ing al­most tax­o­nomic like images of boabs, banksias, and marine life.

Her favourite piece, hang­ing in a pub­lic dis­play of her work at Soul Cafe, is of a seven ten­ta­cle oc­to­pus.

“I was re­search­ing facts on oc­to­pus — I’m a bit of a nerd — when I stum­bled upon an im­age of an oc­to­pus with only seven legs,” she said.

“Ini­tially I started imag­in­ing the oc­to­pus get­ting a leg bit­ten off by a sneaky mud­crab or reefie (shark) and then de­cided I should look into it a bit more.

“Turns out that male oc­to­pus have a spe­cial leg which is called a hec­to­coty­lus which is mod­i­fied to be able to store and then re­lease sper­matophores (oc­to­pus swim­mers) used for re­pro­duc­tion.”

Killen said her love of art started when she painted her fam­ily’s din­ing room orange as a toddler be­fore her mum let her loose in the shed. About five years ago, she did a solo show in Banff, Canada, of mixed me­dia paint­ings which she said was “mainly trees and birds na­tive to the Banff area”.

Univer­sity slowed things down a bit un­til a move to Kar­ratha last year for work.

Killen said she was soon fish­ing, surf­ing, div­ing, and driv­ing in­land, which sparked her cre­ative side once more.

“Art, I think, has be­come more prom­i­nent in the past year or so, pos­si­bly due to liv­ing up here — it is such a raw en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“In the red dust and gnarly stunted growth tree coun­try you see a lot of things which have great con­trast or tex­tures, which make me want to draw.

“Or it could just be that it gets so hot some­times that there is noth­ing to do but stay in­side in the air-con and draw.”

Killen has re­cently launched a web­site, www.eleanorkillen art.com, and hopes to ex­pand her art, mesh en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion into it and broaden her au­di­ence.

Killen’s works can be seen at Soul Cafe in Kar­ratha un­til De­cem­ber 10.

To find out more, visit her web­site or Eleanor Louise Killen Art on Face­book.

Pic­ture: Pe­ter de Krui­jff

Eleanor Killen re­laxes with a cof­fee at her ex­hi­bi­tion.

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