Busy mum finds Zen

Torryn Edmonds (29) won the people�s choice prize for her Zen Aesthetic painting in this year�s City of Wanneroo Art Awards.

Mrs Edmonds said the acrylic and watercolour work took about 40 hours to complete, done in painstaking two-hour blocks, after her toddler was put to bed.

�For about a month as soon as my daughter would go down for her nap, I would escape to my surrealist elephant landscape and thoroughly enjoyed the painting process as well as the final result,� she said.

�The colours and content reflect the way I felt at the time and represents many of life�s beautiful but challenging adventures we encounter.�

Having studied visual arts at Edith Cowan University, Mrs Edmonds said she focused on her graphic design business Toro Creative since 2006.

�I operate from home and I have now started attending handmade markets across Perth to showcase my art and a new children�s art venture that makes local art more affordable and accessible to everybody,� she said.

�I have a supportive husband and an almost two-year-old daughter who keeps me very active but I enjoy every minute of my art as it is my �me� time.�

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the elephant landscape proved the most popular in the 2015 awards, earning the $600 prize.

�Torryn is clearly very talented and it is not surprising that her intricate and vibrant painting resonated with so many,� she said.