Last week I attended the openings of two art exhibitions in which I am an exhibitor. Containing a diversity of work in a variety of mediums, both shows were thoughtfully curated by Sandra Murray.

I was proud to be selected as one of 52 finalists in the Perth Royal Art Prize from 253 entries. It’s the only prize in WA dedicated to the theme of landscape. This year the show continues to push the boundaries in exploring the landscape theme, with many modern contemporary and abstract works. My mixed media work ‘Inconvenience’ sits next to works by some of WA’s best artists. Congratulations to Tim Burns for taking out top prize. ‘Blue Snake’ by Geoffrey Wake was my personal favourite.

The Artsource ‘NOW’ salon exhibition is the annual group show of works by over 100 members. As the peak membership body for visual artists in WA, Artsource does a fantastic job in supporting artists (most likely accomplished on a very limited budget). My new abstract painting ‘Sometimes You Can’t See Something Until You’re Looking For It’ scored a respectable position in the middle of Old Customs House. You have until October 18 to make it to Fremantle to view the exhibition.

What I took away from these openings was that we have a wealth of artistic talent in Perth. And that I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the welcoming Perth arts community. Like many artists, I create in a mostly solitary fashion in my small studio, my art often viewed by only a limited audience. Connecting with other like-minded creatives (in person as opposed to on social media), chatting about our different arts practices, swapping stories and sharing knowledge fills me with a sense of belonging. Thanks to those I chat with at these events for enriching my creative life with your positivity, insight and encouragement. Here’s hoping you find your interactions with me equally rewarding.

[Image credit: Jen Datu for Artsource. My painting shown on left hand side.]