Gift Starts a Trip into World of Art; Lives Behind Some of Bundaberga[euro][TM]s Top Artists

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Byline: Mike Derry talks to a Bundaberg artist showcasing his work at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

AN UNEXPECTED gift just as he was about to sail off around the world led Fred Green into the world of art.

Mr Green, 84, is one of four Bundaberg artists featured in the Artist at Home exhibition at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.

This summer the Vault at the gallery has been turned into a living room, where visitors can recline on a couch and watch interviews with artists from the region.

The interviews cover topics such as why the artists live where they live and how the concept of home influences their art practice.

Artist At Home also features works from the galleryas permanent collection.

Mr Green describes himself as having lived a amixed lifea.

aI ended up as a registered builder in WA,a he said.

It was 34 years ago that Mr Green and his wife decided to take six years off to sail around the world.

aWe were setting ourselves up when an artist friend said a[approximately]why donat you do watercolours?a,a Mr Green said.

aI told him I couldnat even draw.a

But just before they sailed the artist friend turned up with a gift: a book on watercolours for students, a set of student paints and some paper.

aI tried it and gradually got better,a he said.

Mr Green said when they first set off on their round-the-world trip, painting was a low priority for him.

But as he improved his skills it became more and more a priority. …