Hunt portrays nature in art

WHEN talking with Hervey Bay artist Janine Hunt you get the distinct impression she has no idea just how talented she is.

She does not boast about winning first prize in last year’s Fraser Coast Competitive Art Exhibition; nor about having sales success at other exhibitions.

She is humble about her skills, which she has been developing since childhood.

Ms Hunt first learned about oil paints from her grandmother when the pair would paint together. It was at the same time she learned how to draw and fell in love with art.

Over the years Ms Hunt’s artistic drive was put on hold; that was until she moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1994 and again dabbled in painting.

In 2005, Ms Hunt relocated to Hervey Bay where she currently lives with her husband, Hervey Bay Art Society president Laurie.

This past year she has steered away from her traditional painting and drawing to experiment with other materials and mediums.

She has been mixing graphite pencils with inks and pastels and instead of sticking to her usual oil and acrylic on canvas she has been trialling paper as a base.

But her love lies with oils and canvas and she is content with not moving too far from what she knows.

Ms Hunt considers herself a realist and says although she admires impressionists, she is content with her own style.

“I’m happy to continue developing my painting and drawing.”

Primarily, Ms Hunt recreates Fraser Coast landscapes such as mangroves and trees across the Sandy Strait. Currently, she is working on an acrylic and ink piece of reflections in a swamp.

Her artwork has been displayed in three exhibitions; two at the Hervey Bay Art Society Gallery 5 and another at Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre.

Ms Hunt’s pieces Stormy Day at River Heads and Banksias at Kingfisher Bay both won first prizes during the 2008 Fraser Coast Competitive Art Exhibition.

A few of her works, including Little Green Frog, are currently on display at Gallery 5. The Urangan gallery closed over the Christmas period but reopened this week.

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