St Mark's Anglican Church was packed thanks to the art exhibition.
St Mark's Anglican Church was packed thanks to the art exhibition. Chris Lines

Artists share the story behind their favourite pieces

WITH two pop-up art stores being run during Jumpers and Jazz the spotlight has never been brighter on the region's artists.

The Art Hub in the arcade across from Leslie Park and the 'art@.mark's' store in St Mark's Hall have been selling pieces from artists of all specialities, from potters to painters.

Behind every piece of art there is a story, here are some of the most interesting ones for sale during Jumpers and Jazz.

Noelene Luck's 'Condamine Walk'

Photographer turned artist Noelene Luck's inspiration for the soothing Condamine Walk paintings spawned from surprisingly hostile circumstances.

"It was one of those days when my husband was driving me up the wall and after having an argument with him I went down to the riverside to clear my head and take some photos,” Mrs Luck said.

"When I came home I started drawing the shapes I saw on the river and could not stop, it was a good way for me to vent.”

"The paintings are a result of my 'getting away from John day'.”

Noelene Luck with her painting 'Condamine Walk'.
Noelene Luck with her painting 'Condamine Walk'. Chris Lines

Raye Batham's 'My Journey to the NT'

Potter Raye Batham likes to use her creations to reflect the energy and colours of the places she visits.

"I went to the Northern Territory three years ago and the first thing which jumped out at me was the colours of the sand and the landscape,” Mrs Batham said.

"I wanted to capture the untouched nature of Northern Territory with my pot, I left it unglazed and rustic and used the colours of the sand I saw.”

Raye Batham from the Warwick Potter's Association with her piece 'My Journey to the NT'.
Raye Batham from the Warwick Potter's Association with her piece 'My Journey to the NT'. Chris Lines

Helen Robinson's 'Browns Falls'

The sun-kissed beauty of photographer Helen Robinson's Brown's Falls photo was simply a matter finding the perfect spot and waiting.

"It was early in the morning and my husband and I were walking around the falls with our camera bags on, we would have looked hilarious,” Mrs Robinson said.

"We sat up at the falls and waited for the sun to come through the trees to take that photo.”

"You have to follow the riverbed and climb over rocks and trees to reach Brown's Falls it is such a lovely and underrated spot.”

Photographer Helen Robinson with her piece 'Browns Falls'.
Photographer Helen Robinson with her piece 'Browns Falls'. Chris Lines

Pat Stevenson's 'Bush Cottage'

Pat Stevenson said she usually draws most of her ideas straight from her own mind where her passions inevitably shine through.

"I am a country person, I was brought up on the land, I've gone broke on the land and I have returned to the land,” Mrs Stevenson said.

"This little shack in the bush is similar to the kinds of places I have lived in, it has that same quiet energy I love so much about the bush.”

Pat Stevenson with her piece 'Bush Cottage'.
Pat Stevenson with her piece 'Bush Cottage'. Chris Lines

Juanita Faint's 'Whoosh, Clunk, Thump'

Painter Juanita Faint is a versatile artist who enjoys dabbling in many different styles and was drawn to this piece by her love for capturing shapes.

"It's not quite steam-punk,” she said.

"This painting is based on an older piece where I wanted to capture the curvature and shapes of old piping.”

"I gathered as much of the stuff as I could find and used it as inspiration so I could properly capture the depths and shapes.”

Juanita Faint with her piece 'Whoosh, Clunk, Thump'.
Juanita Faint with her piece 'Whoosh, Clunk, Thump'. Chris Lines

Fiona Haye's 'Clifton Backyards'

Fiona Hayes has only been painting for four years but she already has a keen eye for finding the intrigue in everyday scenes and situations.

"This painting is a backyard in Clifton which I based off a photo I borrowed from a friend,” Mrs Hayes said.

"I completed a sketch based off the photo which helps guide the tones I use while I'm painting, I always return to the sketch not the photo.”

"I am always mindful of creating a focal point for the observer, the rest of the painting is suggested, the white building is where your eyes travel automatically.”

Fiona Hayes with her piece 'Clifton Backyards'.
Fiona Hayes with her piece 'Clifton Backyards'. Chris Lines


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