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Acrylic adventure has paid off for Murwillumbah artist

Trish Callaghan (Border art prize winner) Photo: John Gass / Daily News
Trish Callaghan (Border art prize winner) Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

BORDER Art Prize winner Trish Callaghan's venture into acrylic paints has paid off handsomely and although Ms Callaghan achieved success with her pastels, her oils may just take her to a new, higher level.

Ms Callaghan's work elicits similar comments from judges with many expressing their admiration for her "simplicity and quiet beauty".

Her Border Art Prize winning piece, Portrait of the artist's father, is part of a series of 12 pieces depicting her father with his dog and surrounded by the landscapes Ms Callaghan loves to paint.

"I began to paint landscapes when I lived in Broome in WA in 1990-1991.

"In the last 15 years I have developed a life-long practice of observing the changing light particularly in the early morning and late afternoon into an art practice," Ms Callaghan said.

Ms Callaghan won the 2005 Border Art Prize, held at the Gold Coast, for her work 'Vespers' and was described by local artist Michael Taylor as having an "ability to encompass a vast landscape on such a small scale and retain the amount of information".

Ms Callaghan's 2005 and 2012 Border Art Prize winning entries aren't the only winning paintings she's produced and she has achieved Master Pastellist status by the Australian Pastel Society, as well as producing Site Works for the new Tweed River Art Gallery.

She was Artist in Residence at the Tweed River Art Gallery in 2002 and one of her paintings was selected to be presented to Julie Anthony in lieu of a performance fee when Ms Anthony performed the national anthem at the gallery's official opening.

Her work was also selected for acquisition by the Stanthorpe Regional Gallery for its permanent collection.

"It's been a 20 year ambition of mine to see my work become part of the Tweed Art Gallery's permanent collection.

"I've achieved that now.

My husband was absolutely thrilled with the win and commented that my great-grand children can now come and see my work," Ms Callaghan said.

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