BAYSWATER artist Clare McFarlane has been highly commended for her first entry into the Perth Royal Art Show awards.
McFarlane (41), who has been an artist for 16 years, said she was happy to receive the award for her work, Pink and Grey.
“The judges said they knew it (my work) was not just a prize they were giving out because they have to,” she said.
“It is a pink and grey galah that was given to me, it was dead and it got stuck between a bull-bar but it was actually quite beautiful.
“I had been working on it for about a year but not constantly.
“I like a lot of the kind of scientific, natural history-type illustrations, so I do paint a lot of specimens,” she said.
“I cannot think of anything better I would rather be doing … it is really satisfying to produce art, exhibit it and be able to sell it.”
She said she would be entering the City of Perth’s Cow Parade in November.
“It is a 3D object, you are painting something that is not flat (and) I am finding it a challenge, but it is fun,” McFarlane said.