Traprock country inspires rural artist

The colours and landscape of rural Australia have long been the inspiration for former Stanthorpe artist Belinda Perkin’s work.
The colours and landscape of rural Australia have long been the inspiration for former Stanthorpe artist Belinda Perkin’s work. Contributed

IT IS fair to say artist Belinda Perkins was first inspired to take to canvas with a brush by the rugged Granite Belt landscape of her childhood.

The acclaimed Queensland artist grew up in the Traprock country, west of Stanthorpe, and her first works were created in a studio on the banks of Pikes Creek on her family's property, Alum Rock.

Today the property is home to her brother Gordon and his wife Cathy, and this talented southern born artisan has moved further west, but the connection to the region remains.

Next month she will return to be part of that distinctly Traprock event, the Art in the Woolshed exhibition at Bendee Woolshed on June 8. It's a pilgrimage this talented water colourist and printmaker has always enjoyed making.

While home has long been the grain and livestock property near Dirranbandi she runs with her husband Don, there is something unerringly sentimental about returning to the place where she was inspired by the birdlife, watercourses and scrubland.

These days she says her landscapes are inspired by the amazing afternoon skies on western Queensland's predominantly flat landform.

But she admits it is rural life, birds, horses and the bush, which have remained her constant inspiration. The former Stanthorpe local will be one of a selection of artisans and handcrafters invited to be part of the 8th Art in the Woolshed exhibition.

Organising committee member Sarah McMeniman said this year's event would include a range of woven, knitted and felted wool creations, as well as gold and silver jewellery, raku pottery, timber, silk scarves, leather and beadwork, as well as artwork, sculpture and forged steel.

Hosted by the members of the Traprock Group, the event will be held at the Bendee woolshed on June 8 from 9am-4pm.

Entry to the exhibition will be a gold coin, and a raffle will be held in support of Careflight. Visitors to the Bendee shed need to be aware that there is no internet connection, and so only cash or credit cards can be used on the day.

Home baked refreshments, along with a bar, barbecue and live entertainment will also be available.

More details or phone 4681 2057.

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