When artist Angela Morrissey was learning her craft at school, her art teachers would encourage her to create big, bold artworks.
Morrissey has taken the theme to her in her latest exhibition - titled Big, Bold and Beautiful - which is on display in The Capital's foyer in View Street.
"My VCE studio arts teacher would say 'create big, bold, bright, beautiful artwork not scratchy drawings in the corner," Morrissey said. "They always encouraged more daring artwork, so this is a tribute to some of them."
One of the works, which features daffodils, has also been selected to be part of the Vision Australia 2021 calendar. It also features a combination of new works created in 2020 and works Morrissey has spent years on.
"There's works I have done over last few years," Morrissey said. "The daffodils ones were done last year, so worked on them then and one was collected for the Vision Australia calendar. They really liked it and the impasto style I created with it.
"Impasto style is thickly applied oil paint. I have been getting into it more to create bigger bolder artworks and I wanted to show it off."
Morrissey's exhibition is on until May 13. She said she was thrilled with the length of the exhibition offered by the City of Greater Bendigo's art team.
"When I saw the expressions of interest (for the capital) I applied," Morrissey said. "When I saw the dates they were giving me I couldn't believe it. There are a lot of great artists to pick from in Bendigo."
Her current exhibition follows on an encouraging 2020 that saw one of Morrissey's exhibits extended and the artist dedicating time to an online arts initiative. Morrissey showed in the Exhibit B art space in the Bendigo Bank Central building last year ahead of the second lockdown.
"They had no one scheduled after me, so asked if I wanted to keep it there," she said. "By the time everything opened again, my work was still there and I ended up selling a piece to someone who walked by. That was a surprise.
"The other great thing (I was involved in) was an online exhibition called What I Did Last Week, where you submit works you have done in the last week. I was the only artist who did something every week (our of 32 weeks) I wasn't going let the pandemic get me down or make me lazy."
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