Artistic life force shines

Artist Toni Bissett has teamed up with her mentor David Giles in a joint exhibition to explore the concept of life force. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d407527
Artist Toni Bissett has teamed up with her mentor David Giles in a joint exhibition to explore the concept of life force. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d407527

Toni Bissett and David Giles put together the exhibition as a way of expressing how important, but mysterious, a life force was to people.

Bissett said it was way to show the culmination of emotions and feelings and what drives people to power through the adversities of life.

‘Over the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to successfully exhibit my work in several charity fundraisers and group exhibitions,’ she said.

‘This exhibition for me came about as a stepping stone towards a solo exhibition.

‘David Giles has been a huge influence and I’m excited to be able to be involved in a joint exhibition alongside him.’

A self-taught artist who cites creativity as one of her great loves, Bissett said her artistic journey began three years ago when she saw an advertisement for painting classes at the Freedom School of Painting.

She said the exhibition was a great opportunity to see an exhibition full of fun and colour.

‘Bold is an understatement,’ she said.

‘I hope that people can understand that whatever hardships they are going through, they are not alone.

‘Every one of us has personal issues and I hope that the public can relate in some way with one or more of our paintings in a positive or humorous way.’

Bissett said she would now work towards holding a solo exhibition in the coming months, as well as being involved in the Cystic Fibrosis Spring Rose Art Show.

The exhibition is at the David Giles Art Gallery at 49b High Street until October 6.