Freedom to express in artwork

June Sullivan with some of her paintings now on show. d421478
June Sullivan with some of her paintings now on show. d421478

OCEAN Reef artist June Sullivan’s inspiration is all around her.

The Ocean View Art Group member draws on a vivid imagination, humour and a love of bright colours.

‘I see paintings in almost everything,’ said June, who paints mainly in watercolour and acrylic but loves experimenting with other media.

‘My emus are proving popular as they are quirky and all have unique characters of their own. I’m never sure how they will turn out as their character develops as I paint.’

June said she had always loved to draw and paint but turned down a spot at a UK art college ‘for what my parents called a proper career in nursing’.

‘Between juggling two young children and a nursing career, I decided to take up water colour painting at evening classes as a form of escapism and relaxation,’ she said.

‘My family and I immigrated to Australia in 2005 and I joined a small art group, where I was encouraged to exhibit and sell my work. Since then I have never looked back.’

The WA Society of Arts committee member will show three pieces at its annual show at The Wilkinson Gallery, Claremont Showground this weekend. Visitors are welcome Friday evening and at the weekend.