Caz McDougall in her Kingscliff Studio Photo Blainey Woodham / Daily News
Caz McDougall in her Kingscliff Studio Photo Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

Three artists and a book

THREE artists from the Tweed love the written word and for the past four years have used literature to cultivate their creativity.

So when the artists, Gail Collins, Annie Higgins and Caz McDougall, were given the opportunity to  exhibit their painting about the words inspired it was only fitting to call the exhibition, Secret Garden.

The exhibition starts this Friday at Jugglers Art Space in Brisbane.

Caz McDougall said the three artists met while studying at North Coast Institute of TAFE in Kingscliff and have worked on many projects together over the years.

"For four years we have been working on this project, with some pretty heavy personal stuff happening, bringing the three of us closer together," Ms McDougall said.

"Secret Gardens would be a tribute to all the writers out there who have inspired us with their amazing stories. 

"Eight writers known to us volunteered to be part of Secret Gardens and have been encouraging throughout each step of the journey."

The trio of artists used inspiration from sci-fi and fantasy for their work and often read from some of the books while painting to fully immerse in the process.

"We three are doing seven large canvas's, a combination of our own work to inspire books and paintings inspired by the writer's books," Ms McDougall said. 

"All three of us have enjoyed the journey of Secret Gardens, it has stretched and broken our boundaries as artists."

Ms McDougall, Ms Collins and Ms Higgins also worked together as part of the Curious Art Cooperative at Chinderah.

The exhibition's opening on includes appearances from some of the authors that inspired them.



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