VIDEO: Bill’s art puts beef industry in the picture
FROM a brahman proudly surveying the countryside to the droughtmaster scratching against a fence post, a new series of paintings has captured the many different aspects of Central Queensland's beef industry.
Local artist and town planner Bill Gannon was commissioned by Capricorn Enterprise to create the six-piece set which will play a vital role in marketing Beef Australia 2015.
Mr Gannon said he took inspiration from photographs, as well as textures and colours he saw out at the Gracemere Saleyards.
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He said there were "endless opportunities" to use the images for fun and serious portrayals of cattle in Central Queensland.
Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said they commissioned Mr Gannon after realising there were no locally made souvenirs for Beef Australia 2012.
She said they hoped to reproduce the images in collectables, such as calendars, placemats, posters or mouse mats.
"This is a critical event, not just for the agriculture sector, but also for the tourism industry," Ms Carroll said.
"When we've got the attention of people all over the world and all over the country, it's important for us to showcase our local artists and our local talent."
Beef Australia CEO Denis Cox said the images were a great addition to the event, which was expected to attract more than 80,000 people.
"It's great to see the various different breeds we have up here in Central Queensland," he said.
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