Pur­su­ing paint­ing af­ter re­tir­ing

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Co­bram and District Artist So­ci­ety’s fea­ture artist of the month is Tocumwal res­i­dent Jill Pantlin.

Mrs Pantlin has been a mem­ber of the Artist So­ci­ety for four years, the same time she has been paint­ing and draw­ing for.

Her en­try into the world of art started when she called into Sta­tion Gallery in Co­bram af­ter be­com­ing in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing paint­ing af­ter re­tir­ing from work.

‘‘I just started hav­ing a go and I find go­ing to the art group is re­ally en­joy­able be­cause all the mem­bers are re­ally nice peo­ple and re­ally help­ful if you need any ad­vice or as­sis­tance. We al­ways try and be pos­i­tive to­ward each other,’’ Mrs Pantlin said.

She said her skill set had im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly from when she first started with the group and has gone from do­ing coloured paint­ing to more coloured pen­cil pieces in re­cent times due to phys­i­cal con­straints.

‘‘I find hold­ing my arm up all the time when do­ing a coloured paint­ing tends to give me arthri­tis. I do love paint­ing but draw­ing is a lot eas­ier on my body.’’

She fo­cuses on the medi­ums of acrylic paint or coloured pen­cil. She started on wa­ter colours but did not quite en­joy medium as much.

She said dif­fer­ent medi­ums had in­tri­ca­cies and dif­fi­cul­ties.

‘‘There’s a lot of work in ev­ery stroke in paint­ing. With coloured pen­cil, you’ve got to put down a base and then you have to keep go­ing over it to build up the colour, so there’s quite a lot of skill in­volved.’’

Mrs Pantlin said mem­o­rable life ex­pe­ri­ences had pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion for her work, with most paint­ings and draw­ings based off pho­to­graphs she had taken, oth­ers from mem­o­ries.

‘‘The paint­ing of the bull . . . I was in Scotland and he would come up to the fence and would visit ev­ery­body that pulled up there so I de­cided to paint him,’’ she said.

‘‘The big paint­ings I do are usu­ally out of my head; I’ll just find a nice sky, paint the sky and then make a paint­ing fit it.’’

What was most ev­i­dent about Mrs Pantlin’s work was its va­ri­ety, some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy, which she said there was a spe­cific rea­son for that.

‘‘I get bored paint­ing or draw­ing the same thing over and over,’’ she said.

Like many artists, Mrs Pantlin gains a sense of free­dom and calm from the process.

‘‘It re­laxes you and takes your mind away from ev­ery­thing else that is hap­pen­ing and it’s sort of a so­cial event when you go to the art group be­cause we all sit down and have a good yarn at lunch time,’’ she said.

Mrs Pantlin’s vast ar­ray of works is avail­able for view­ing or to buy this month at Sta­tion Gallery, Punt Rd.

Sta­tion Gallery is open Fri­days, Satur­days and Sun­days, from 10 am to 3 pm. If you are in­ter­ested in tak­ing up some form of art, Co­bram and District Artist So­ci­ety meets Thurs­days at Ba­rooga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Work on show: Jill Pantlin is Co­bram and District Artist So­ci­ety’s fea­ture artist for De­cem­ber.

Favourite: Out­back Ru­ins favourite pieces. is one of Jill Pantlin’s

Work: Mrs Pantlin’s paint­ing ti­tled Aban­doned.

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