Hervey Bay’s Paul Pettersson won $2000 when he took out first place in the 27th Hervey Bay Art Society Annual Competitive Art Exhibition. It was the first time he had entered a competition.
Hervey Bay’s Paul Pettersson won $2000 when he took out first place in the 27th Hervey Bay Art Society Annual Competitive Art Exhibition. It was the first time he had entered a competition.

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.”



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