TRACEY Hawkes had the chance to learn new artistic techniques when two well-known artists made their way to Rockhampton for a workshop.

For Tracey, the session was invaluable and she has started applying her newfound techniques to her work.

It was Barry and Lucy McCann who were in town to hold a workshop with 15 local artists, focusing on the use of acrylic paints.

The pair, who own McCann Fine Art in Armidale, have always had an artistic side, with Lucy studying fashion which gave her grounding in draftsmanship.

She had the opportunity to design clothing and accessories with the fashion design label, Cue.

Barry's interest in art came during his school days and became advantageous in his trade as a chef and cake decorator.

It wasn't until he enrolled in the Canberra School of Arts in an introductory course in watercolour that his appetite for art began.

He stumbled upon a book about the life and works of John Singer Sargent and this has influenced him ever since. The artists have been running their business for the past 13 years in NSW and teach around Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

Royleine Weir was at the Rockhampton workshop and said Barry and Lucy worked well as a team.

"Their demonstrations were very clear and they followed this up with well structured advice and encouragement to the individual," she said.

"They emphasised the very essential techniques of painting and drawing, shared their palette organisation and utilised the tutoring time efficiently and generously."

Barry and Lucy's works can be seen at mccannfineart.net.au.



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