Art comes from the heart

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Jenna Bishop

Lo­cal scenes and pic­turesque set­tings are the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Ba­rooga artist Norma Bell’s art­work.

Mrs Bell, the fea­ture artist for the Sta­tion Gallery this month, said her art on dis­play was based on flow­ers, the Mur­ray River, birds and other bush scenes, as well as the odd nude paint­ing.

She paints from post­cards or pic­tures, or from her imag­i­na­tion.

‘‘Some­times I go down to the river and sit and paint what’s in front of me,’’ she said.

Mrs Bell has al­ways had an in­ter­est in art, and her tal­ent was ev­i­dent from a young age.

She re­ceived a first class com­men­da­tion at Lon­don’s 1949 Royal Draw­ing So­ci­ety Ex­hi­bi­tion Com­pe­ti­tion for her pas­tel por­trait, while at­tend­ing Mel­bourne Girls Gram­mar.

Since then, Mrs Bell said she’d had lit­tle time to pur­sue her pas­sion for art, af­ter work­ing as a reg­is­tered nurse and then mov­ing to a Katunga dairy farm with her late hus­band Dick and rais­ing three chil­dren.

When she re­tired to Ba­rooga, she picked up the paint­brushes once again, join­ing the Co­bram and Dis­trict Artists So­ci­ety.

Mrs Bell said it would take her about three or four days to com­plete a piece, depend­ing on the com­plex­ity.

At the mo­ment, her favourite pieces range from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent set­tings.

‘‘I re­ally like the birds of par­adise one at the mo­ment, and the one I’ve done of the Gold Coast, and the one of the bush cot­tage hut, which was taken from a photo.

‘‘I find paint­ing re­ally re­lax­ing and you can put your heart and soul into it, which is re­ally good.’’

The Sta­tion Gallery is open from 10 am to 3 pm on Fri­days, Satur­days and Sun­days. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to browse the gallery dur­ing closed hours by call­ing the phone num­bers on the door.

Colourful cre­ations: Sta­tion Gallery fea­ture artist of the month Norma Bell with some of her pieces on dis­play.

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