IN DEMAND: Australian artist Gary Woodfield received a bronze citation in the Walberg International Arts Contest.
IN DEMAND: Australian artist Gary Woodfield received a bronze citation in the Walberg International Arts Contest. Jodie Dixon

Gin Gin artist receives bronze citation for artwork

SELF-TAUGHT artist Gary Woodfield from Gin Gin received a bronze citation in the acclaimed Walberg International Arts Contest.

His home and studio is one. The beautiful blue Queenslander sits close to the road with the front door open, with no doorbell, your only option being to call out, "Hello, anybody home?"

A friendly face appears, followed by "come in". With every step, from the front door to the back, a new an interesting piece of art is discovered.

The feeling of jealousy takes over: if only I could draw.

Mr Woodfield proudly says it's easy to learn if you want to learn. His studio is nicely situated under the house and close to his natural tools of the trade.

Mr Woodfield's not-so-secret techniques to his works are using clay, sticks, bark, cotton tips, sponges and his fingers tips.

Surveying his studio and looking at his latest projects, there's not a paint brush in sight. His tools are provided to him by the trees in his own backyard.

"I even use the dirt from under the house. I mix it with a little paint to give the effect of depth and colour," he says as he points to a small, shallow hole in the ground.

Mr Woodfield is currently working on a piece for the Montana Wildlife Federation in America. The campaign is Save the Wild Horses.

It is currently under wraps, and Mr Woodfield has been granted permission to show smalls parts of the process and the picture. His deadline for completion is fast approaching.

"I have had a lot of interest since winning the bronze, and I am feeling the pressure as the deadline draws closer," he says.

"I feel honoured to be asked to do this painting. I need to challenge myself every step and I am happy with my work."

The confident artist teaches classes and is happy to share his techniques, skills and experience and show off his prize-winning painting.

He has works on display at the Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery, and encourages others to visit.

"I hope I can inspire others, and many of my students have gone on to win different awards," he said.

For more information, visit www.landscapewild lifeart.com or email woodfields6@bigpond.com.



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