Memories of beach holiday on display

She will put in four pieces of her own, inspired by a holiday to Margaret River.

�I have at least three (pieces) but I think I�m putting a fourth one in � I haven�t quite finished it yet,� Garton said.

�They�re mostly beach paintings. We went to Margaret River for a little holiday and I�ve never been used to painting beach scenes before because I come from England and I�ve always painted the countryside.

�So this was a little bit new for me so I said to my husband �can we go and visit some of the beaches and the dunes� and we went trumping over the dunes where we were allowed to be and we just saw such magnificent views when we came over the top of the dunes.�

Garton said she had been �blown away� by the beauty of the dunes, the shadows, the plants and the sea.

�There were such wonderful colours � it so lifts your spirit and I couldn�t stop thinking about it,� she said.

�I base my work on my emotions and what I remember rather than painting from a photograph, which I try not to do.

�I just use some of the plant life to represent in my work, but most of it comes from the inspiration from the joy and the love of what I�ve seen. I�m a very passionate artist.�

She said she�d loved drawing and painting since before she went to train for her degree in art and design while in the UK.

�So for me it�s quite a natural thing. I paint in acrylic, oils and pastels,� she said.

�The ones I�m doing for Trigg are in pastel. I think it�s a very ready kind of medium, I like to draw and with pastel, of course, the drawing�s quite immediate.

�And you can not only draw with the end of the pastel but a lot of it is on the side and so you get different kinds of effects . . . the colours are delightful.�

The Trigg Art Club was formed more than 41 years ago to raise funds for much-needed equipment for the local surf club.

Opening night for exhibition at Trigg Surf Life Saving Club on West Coast Drive will begin at 7pm Friday. The exhibition will remain open Saturday and Sunday, from 9.30am to 5pm.

While entry is free, a gold- coin donation can be made to the club to be in the draw to win one of Garton�s pastel paintings.

Paintings in all mediums and styles will be on show, many by award-winning artists.