Wild west coast ex­hi­bi­tion

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DANIELLE CLENT

A Bethells Beach artist will show solo for the first time at an up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

Joelle Bunt doesn’t re­mem­ber when she first started paint­ing but said its some­thing she has al­ways done.

‘‘I find it ther­a­peu­tic. It’s how I un­wind. I’m a teacher dur­ing the day, and it’s quite a chaotic ca­reer so it’s quite a peace­ful action that I found is a good way to find my bal­ance.’’

Bunt grew up at the beach, a life­style that had greatly im­pacted on her art.

‘‘There’s that con­nec­tion you want to try and repli­cate,’’ the mother-of-one said.

‘‘It was my play­ground. We didn’t have a tele­vi­sion or a car for a long time. It was a dif­fer­ent world com­pared to how kids live to­day.’’

Bunt said her Wild West Coast se­ries was all about ex­plor­ing her me­mories.

She said she was ‘‘con­stantly in­spired liv­ing in Bethells be­cause it is a beau­ti­ful place’’.

The 36-year-old en­joyed paint­ing all kinds of things, in­clud­ing por­traits, but tended to only ex­hibit land­scapes. They seem to be what peo­ple are more in­ter­ested in vis­ually - and tend to sell, she said.

The se­ries fea­tures about 12 paint­ings. They would range in price from $200-$2000. Bunt said she en­joyed ex­hibit­ing for the joy she got out of peo­ple’s re­ac­tions.

‘‘I’m quite ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity. It was a far-off dream so to be do­ing it now is pretty cool re­ally,’’ she said.

‘‘I find it ther­a­peu­tic. It's how I un­wind. ’’

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Joelle Bunt’s paint­ing West Coast View is part of her Wild West Coast se­ries.

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