Life & Style Weekend - - CONTENTS - WORDS: TONY GILL

Kendall has been paint­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for the past 26 years and dur­ing that time, she has cer­tainly been able to carve out her own niche in the Sun­shine Coast’s vis­ual arts.

Her work es­sen­tially re­volves around colour.

In fact, you could say it’s her trade­mark: her sub­jects are fun with a fes­tive flavour.

Kendall is al­ways push­ing the lim­its and loves test­ing out new ideas, sub­ject mat­ter and prod­ucts to see where they will take her.

She is in­flu­enced by life it­self and all it has to of­fer, rather than other artists.

She “blazes her own trail”, rather than fol­low­ing trends or oth­ers’ ideas.

“I have be­lieved that art is a busi­ness like any other and that as soli­tary busi­ness own­ers, we need to be the CEO, busi­ness man­ager, mar­ket­ing man­ager, ac­coun­tant and, most of all, cre­ative di­rec­tor – all rolled into one,” Kendall said.

“I also be­lieve that as I have been lucky enough to have had so much sup­port and suc­cess over the decades that I should give back to the com­mu­ni­ties that have sup­ported me and my craft.”

Over the years, Kendall has sup­ported “more char­i­ties than I can name”.

“I al­ways think it’s hard to ask for help and since God gave me this tal­ent, then I should share it around and if you ever have the op­por­tu­nity to help, then do so un­con­di­tion­ally,” she said.

“I am just lucky enough to have been able

to pro­duce paint­ings that have been able to be auc­tioned and raf­fled for char­i­ties and painted mu­rals in or­der to make a dif­fer­ence.

“In fact, I was tabled in State Par­lia­ment as one Queens­land artist that has been able to marry art, busi­ness and phi­lan­thropy and do it on an in­ter­na­tional scale.”

Kendall’s art has taken her to the four cor­ners of the world and she feels blessed to be able to “live my dream” ev­ery day of her life.

When asked “what has been your great­est mas­ter­piece to date?”, she replies, “my daugh­ters Bry­die and Hat­sie”.

Kendall’s work can be found in Art Nuvo, Bud­erim, Montville Art Gallery and Gallery Be­neath in Mooloolaba.

For a full list of art gal­leries and art ex­hi­bi­tions on the Sun­shine Coast, go to the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site at www.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery­

Gallery snip­pets

1. Art on Cairn­cross, Maleny Ex­quis­ite Beauty: Ian Mastin Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Au­gust 25

Ian Mastin started paint­ing later in life af­ter re­al­is­ing his abil­ity to draw.

These clas­sic acrylic paint­ings are in the vein of the old masters and do jus­tice to the ti­tle “Ex­quis­ite Beauty”.

2. Stevens Street Gallery, Yan­d­ina

Fea­tured artists: Rindi Salomon and An­drew Shillam

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til Au­gust 31

Rindi Salomon’s work is pri­mar­ily ab­stract geo­met­ric de­sign in­spired by the old build­ings, river and farm­land sur­round­ing the artist’s home in Grafton. It is fun­da­men­tally about line, shape and colour of which the sub­ject mat­ter lends it­self read­ily. An­drew Shillam’s lat­est work is ab­stract wood sculp­ture, par­tially in­spired by the an­cient arte­facts found on the Orkney Is­lands and the work of his great un­cle and aunt, Queens­land artists Kath­leen and Leonard Shillam.

3. Cool Art Gallery, Coolum

In: Situ: var­i­ous artists

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Septem­ber 2

In: Situ is an en plein air sur­vey of the Sun­shine Coast. “In­situ” trans­lates from Latin then French to “on site”, “in open air” and “en plein air”. The en plein air ex­pe­ri­ence im­merses the artist into the phys­i­cal land­scape to cre­ate art­works in di­rect re­sponse to the ever-chang­ing ephemeral qual­i­ties of light, mood and move­ment present in na­ture. Artists fea­tured in­clude Des Rolph, Kym Bar­rett, Tony Coles, Pam Walpole, Ch­eryl Mcgan­non, Yanni Van Zijl, Rosie Lloyd-giblett and He­lena Jack­son-lloyd.

Tony Gill is co-di­rec­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the vis­ual arts on the Sun­shine Coast for 25 years.

Pic­tures: Cour­tesy of the artist

ABOVE: Kendall with one of her paint­ings. TOP LEFT: The Stevens Street Gallery, Yan­d­ina, fea­tures An­drew Shillam’s wood sculp­tures.

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