Work shortlisted for Lyn McCrea Drawing Prize

This year I decided to enter the Noosa Regional Gallery’s annual Drawing prize which commemorates local artist and identity Lyn McCrea who passed away several years back. Lyn was a friend of the Sisters of Mary, one of the groups which agitated to protect the Mary River during the flawed Traveston dam proposal. She was also a keen collector and patron of the arts.

I was very happy to hear that my entry, Botanical Beauties Panel #2, had been listed among the finalists. This work is part of a set of 2 which are both constructed from my hand-made botanical papers. On the papers, I have drawn in ink (and pastel) the plant from which the paper was made. This was a big break-through for me in using my own papers to create finished artworks. Previously,  lot of my paper was sold to others to use in their own creative processes, although I also make a lot of greeting cards and collaged works. During the September break, I continued making works on this theme, about which I am quite excited! The two large panels are framed very charmingly by local framer Burnie Clifford.

Botanical Beauties Panel 2
Botanical Beauties Panel 2
botanical Beauties panel 1
Botanical Beauties Panel 1

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Susan Zela Bissett (Zela) is an educator, writer and artist with a lifetime involvement in environmental education and advocacy. Zela was born on Butchulla Country in Maryborough and has worked as an artist, educator, permaculture gardener, studio potter and consultant. She is passionate about sustainable lifestyles, maintaining habitat for wildlife and about unleashing the creativity in all of us.

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