Rockhampton artist expresses life’s frailty in current work

DELICATE ART: Marilyn Williamson (right) from Rockhampton chats with her The Illustrated World instructor Tiffany Shafran
DELICATE ART: Marilyn Williamson (right) from Rockhampton chats with her The Illustrated World instructor Tiffany Shafran David Martinelli

WANTING to express the fragility of life and death through the artwork of a dead butterfly is Rockhampton's Marilyn Williamson's current work in progress.

Hoping to draw herself into a new career in the arts after sharpening her skills at the 45th McGregor Summer School this week, Marilyn started the 10-day course last week and will exhibit her work along with other students on Saturday.

One of 350 students taking part in the 2013 McGregor Summer School at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba - it's Australia's largest and longest-running residential performing, visual and creative arts school.

The talented artist is already a published illustrator after lending her hand to Oh Dear, That's My Rear, a children's book created by the Fitzroy Basin Association to raise awareness about the threatened Fitzroy River Turtle.

"I'm in the process of turning professional and I thought this course might help me along," Mrs Williamson said.

"I'm definitely learning a lot already."

With the help of a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant, Mrs Williamson is attending the Illustrated World course run by instructor Tiffany Shafran.

Students are taking part in a wide range of classes at this year's McGregor Summer School covering everything from music, painting, sculpting, calligraphy, crafts, jewellery-making, millinery, photography and even ukulele playing.

For information about future McGregor schools, including the upcoming winter and spring schools, visit

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