Feathery locals inspire art win
THIS year's 27th Hervey Bay Art Society Annual Competitive Art Exhibition took one talented entrant by surprise.
Professional artist Paul Pettersson scored $2000 for winning the Open category, despite this being his first ever entry into a competition.
His artwork, a large acrylic painting sporting a flock of red-tailed black cockatoos, was inspired by the birds which frequent Mr Pettersson's Craignish property.
“I'd just moved out to Craignish when I saw the cockatoos,” Mr Pettersson said.
“There were about 70 of them.
“That really inspired me and I had my camera out for quite a while.
“The tree and the background are just out of my head.
“It's a very original work.”
Although many of his artworks favour marine life, Mr Pettersson admits birds are his first love.
“I'm a bit experimental,” he said
“I love birds – I've always been a bird nut since I was a kid.”