Young char­coal artist ris­ing star

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - TERESA HATTAN

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.

PHOTO: TERESA HATTAN

Char­coal artist Louise Cressy, right, with Whis­per Art and Ob­ject Gallery owner Rob Ea­gle and two of her lat­est cre­ations.

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