Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Artist in Profile: PAM WALPOLE; ARTISTIC BEAUTY FOUND IN DRAMATIC PATTERNS RESULTING FROM MOTHER NATURE AT HER WORST

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Artist in Profile: PAM WALPOLE; ARTISTIC BEAUTY FOUND IN DRAMATIC PATTERNS RESULTING FROM MOTHER NATURE AT HER WORST

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Byline: WORDS: TONY GILL

Next in our series about Sunshine Coast artists is painter Pam Walpole.

Walpole has a love of nature and often the havoc and devastation of some areas, be it drought, flood or man-made.

These impressions offer patterns that attract her to put paint to canvas.

"I love the space and dramatic colours of our country - both the hinterland layers and further west to the sparseness of outback deserts, harsh they may be at times," she says.

"So when I see the land parched by the lack of rainfall, it moves me to sketch - marks on the landscape.

"It's my diary as I travel. Once back in my studio on the Sunshine Coast, I try to capture the emotion of the experience in paint.

"Often only a small section of the whole picture is targeted, like a reflection of a rock or gorge, and a recent trip to the Pilbara offered just that.

"We are spoilt along the coast by enough rainfall. The lushness of creeks and inlets form beautiful patterns, and our coastline offers dramatic tides."

Walpole paints with bold brushstrokes to emphasise the drama.

Her work hangs in Sunshine Coast hospitals and in public and private collections interstate and overseas.

Walpole has been selected the past two years to exhibit in the International Watercolour Aquarello Exhibition in Fabriano, Italy, where 15 artists from each of 70 countries are chosen to exhibit.

Fabriano is the cradle of a watercolour paper industry formed 1000 years ago.

You can see Walpole's art in Stevens Street Gallery at Yandina and Cool-Art Gallery, Coolum.

Check the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail website for the many talented artists and the individual galleries' opening hours at www.sunshinecoastartgallerytrail.com.au

Gallery snippets

University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery

Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art

Exhibition dates: until September 7

This is an exhibition that expresses the disconcerting and delightful world of the digital age. …

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