Wa­ter-lov­ing artist finds her happy place in Ex­mouth

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Lo­cal artist Eleanor Killen has made the move south to Ex­mouth from Kar­ratha to draw in­spi­ra­tion from the Nin­ga­loo Reef.

Killen de­cided to re­lo­cate after trav­el­ling to Ex­mouth al­most weekly to see friends, visit its white sandy beaches and im­merse her­self in the lo­cal art scene. “Ex­mouth gives bet­ter in­spi­ra­tion as I can surf and fish and snorkel when­ever I want to,” she said.

“Ex­mouth also has more of an art scene.

“Kar­ratha def­i­nitely does with all the in­dige­nous artists around — it’s fan­tas­tic for that.

“But I sup­pose for me, per­son­ally, Ex­mouth was a much hap­pier place to live.” Killen draws a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from the land­scape and fauna around her.

“I do love the ocean and I do a few ter­res­trial works, so plants and big trees,” she said.

“I’d love to do a few lizards, but I’m mainly marine-fo­cused at the mo­ment.”

Killen di­vides her time be­tween her art and work­ing as a tour guide for Nin­ga­loo Ecol­ogy Tours. “It’s heaps of fun to pick up peo­ple on a bus and drive them out … and talk about the land­scape and the an­i­mals ... then jump on a boat, look through the glass and do some snorkelling and drive back to town,” she said.

Head to the Eleanor Killen Art Face­book page or eleanor kil­lenart.com to find out more.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Ex­mouth artist Eleanor Killen with one of her strik­ing cre­ations.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.