Two local artists have jumped at the chance to show off their work at an upcoming art show.
The Anglican Parish of Kangaroo Flat is about to launch its Annual Winter Show, displaying more than 180 works.
Local artists Neil Gude and Chris Moule dropped off their entries last Tuesday, ahead of the official opening on Friday night.
Mr Moule said his artistic philosophy was to paint scenes people wanted to walk straight into.
“My father gave me the artistic bug when I was a boy. He was a scenic artist with a theatre and one day he took me to work.
“I think the only reason he took me was because my mother had my brother (with her that day).
“I remember this big barrel of brown paint. He gave me a brush and asked me to paint a backdrop full of beech trees. I looked up and the trees were towering over me, though they were probably not that large at all.”
Mr Gude started submitting art to the show after retiring from a career in scientific research.
He said the jump from science into landscape art was not as big as many people thought.
“Science, at least where research is involved, is actually a creative process,” he said.
“When you are on the research path it is amazing how ‘left-brain’ you have to be. You have to think out of the box.
“And that is true of art as well. Art and science are all about problem solving. Science is in part about a routine slog. Art does too – you have got to keep practicing and improving your skills.”
Parish administration officer Alison Niven said art show visitors could see works by more than 50 artists using a wide variety of styles.
“The majority of the artwork will be very affordable – between $30 and $1000. So most people will find something they like. And of course, art lovers can just come in and have a browse,” she said.
“We attract a wide range of artists with different skill sets. One is the 12 or 13-year-old granddaughter of an artist. And we have people who are professional artists too.”
The show opens on Friday and continues through to Sunday. Tickets cost $3, though people under 15-years-of-age can get in for free.