Wildlife artwork for display at Kingscliff
WILDLIFE with attitude is how Fernvale artist Andy Reimanis describes the subjects he paints.
Mr Reimanis said he loved to paint wildlife expressing itself in unusual behaviour showing their determined attitude.
"My work reflects the determination of certain species to survive regardless of what we do to the environment," he said.
"Conservation is, of course, the underlying message in my works."
Mr Reimanis, who also makes wooden outdoor furniture, said he has dabbled in art all his life.
"I used to draw a lot of school but it wasn't until two years ago that I began to paint seriously," he said.
"I have always had an interest in art and I guess that came together when I began doing pastel paintings of wildlife.
"And living out here on acreage gives me plenty of inspiration, although that's a bit cliched."
Mr Reimanis said eventually he would like to be a full-time professional artist painting his wildlife portraits.
"That is my goal."
Mr Reimanis will be just one of a group of 15 artists from the group Wildlife Art Australia who will exhibit works during the Kingscliff Art, Food and All That Jazz Festival.
The exhibition will be held at the Breakfree Paradiso Conference Room and foyer at 78-80 Marine Parade, Kingscliff.
Artworks to be showcased in the exhibition will include paintings of many varieties, stained glass work and ceramics in both traditional and contemporary styles.
Original works and limited edition prints will be for sale during the exhibition with a percentage of all sales to be donated to Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers.
The exhibition opens on August 12 at 3pm and continues until 4pm, August 14.