Young charcoal artist rising star
Louise Cressy is a talented artist on the rise.
The 18-year-old will feature in her first official exhibition next week after Whisper Art and Object Gallery owner Rob Eagle came across her work.
A couple of years ago a friend of Louise’s had put together a charcoal drawing of a dog for the Metso New Zealand Art Awards. ‘‘That really drew my attention to charcoal,’’ she says.
The Matamata teenager now prefers charcoal but has always been creative. She has been drawing for as long as she can remember. ‘‘My first picture that I ever drew that was recognisable was a picture of a teletubby on a magna doodle when I was 2-years-old.’’
Louise now likes to draw famous people and she’s recently started drawing animals.
She uses art as a way to relax and unwind and is self-taught apart from what her college art teacher, Timothy Reed, could offer. ‘‘He did inspire me a lot,’’ she says.
The length it takes Louise to create a piece depends on how much detail, shading and darkness is involved. She first looks at a photo either on her phone or on the computer and will then draw with a pencil where the highlights are.
Rob says charcoal, along with water colour, is one of the toughest mediums to work in. He believes Louise is beyond her years in skill level. ‘‘She has a natu- ral talent and now it’s a case of fostering and growing it.
‘‘Her attention to detail is amazing, it’s almost like a photographic realism. You’ve got to get it right otherwise it looks wrong. What you see is what you get.’’ Rob and the gallery’s next exhibition, Celebration, will feature a number of Louise’s pieces.
This will be her first official exhibition and she has chosen three to display, including a picture she is working on at the moment of a race horse.
Celebration opens on November 6 at 6pm and continues at Whisper Art and Object Gallery, Burwood Rd on November 7 and 8.
Charcoal artist Louise Cressy, right, with Whisper Art and Object Gallery owner Rob Eagle and two of her latest creations.