PAINT AND POTTERY: Yeppoon artist Coral Morris is part of the special exhibition for November in The Paint Pot Gallery, entitled From Australia to Vietnam alongside potter Gill Whitworth.
PAINT AND POTTERY: Yeppoon artist Coral Morris is part of the special exhibition for November in The Paint Pot Gallery, entitled From Australia to Vietnam alongside potter Gill Whitworth. Contributed

Artists inspired by landscapes of Australia and Vietnam

TWO members of Capricorn Society of Arts have combined their talents to present a special exhibition at The Paint Pot Gallery this month.

Titled From Australia to Vietnam, the pieces by potter Gill Whitworth were inspired by a trip she had to Vietnam while the wonder of the Australian scenery is portrayed by artist Coral Morris.

Gill has a long association with the art of pottery as she attributes her skills to having started as a child playing with plasticine.

Her career took a different slant when she became a pharmacist.

In those years, pharmacists made up most of the prescriptions - mixtures, ointments, even suppositories were made as part of the pharmacy course.

Pills were made by rolling the plastic mixture into a snake like shape, cutting it, then rolling the pills, just like plasticine.

While working as a pharmacist, Gill renewed her interest in pottery

by taking a TAFE course, followed by the Associate Diploma course at

Hobart University before moving to Rockhampton, where she joined the Capricorn Potters Group Inc, and later the Paint Pot Gallery.

Because of her knowledge of chemistry, she now specialises in mixing her own glazes and delights in the intriguing results that come from using crystalline glazes.

Gill was impacted by both the scenery and the culture of Vietnam, which left a lasting impression on her.

She discovered that they regard four animals - the dragon, the phoenix, the unicorn and the turtle - as sacred.

These creatures, as well as their forests and birds, have influenced Gill's creativity resulting in the work on display in the exhibition.

Co-exhibitor Coral Morris is a girl from Springsure who has gone on to become a well known, award- winning artist.

Her love of art began as she explored her surroundings, creating adventures and letting her imagination take flight in her childhood. From sketching and playing with water colours from an early age, Coral always yearned to take up painting seriously.

She has succeed in doing just that.

After moving to Rockhampton in 1989, she followed her heart and completed art classes at TAFE and later joined Painting for Pleasure classes with another local artist and tutor, Nola Roberts.

As a member of the Royal Qld Art Society from 1992, she became a volunteer tutor from 1996 to 2016 for which she received life membership. Coral's work has been inspired by the benefits of attending workshops over the years with some of today's best visual Australian artists.

Learning new skills together with travelling around the countryside have produced work showcasing the beauty, diversity and seasons of our landscapes and seascapes.

Coral says that when

she paints she tries to portray to the viewer the spirit as well as the form and colour of these magnificent places.

Her fascination with the interpretation of light and the play of colour to describe shape, atmosphere and distance to the flat surface of the canvas is a pathway she never grows weary of.

The exhibition is open from now until November 30, located in Beaman Park.



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