Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Life Leaps on to Canvas; Maths Whiz Becomes Prized Artist

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Life Leaps on to Canvas; Maths Whiz Becomes Prized Artist

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Byline: Elyse Wurm

FOR some, maths and art might seem like polar opposites.

But for Cathy Holmes, the pairing just makes sense.

The Goomburra artist and former mathematics lecturer was the major prize winner at the official opening of the Southern Downs Artists Exhibition at Warwick Art Gallery on Friday.

Taking home $1000 as her prize, Mrs Holmes created a piece called Goomburra Valley, which was inspired by the landscape surrounding her home.

A life-long painter, Mrs Holmes said there was more similarities between maths and art than people realise.

"People think of maths as numbers and equations but there's a very strong visual side to maths," she said.

"I certainly like that side of maths, that side related to the visual and the spatial.

"I've often thought of things diagrammatically."

Her strong visual eye came in handy when creating her prize-winning work. Mrs Holmes said she would spend hours in the areas surrounding her home and be inspired by nature. …

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