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August 09, 2017

Renowned artist Carole Foster's work will be displayed at the Kyabram Town Hall.

THE WORK of internationally renowned artist Carole Foster will be on display at the Kyabram Town Hall this month.

Her Out of the Way Places exhibition will feature impressionist works inspired by the Australian outback.

Carole has travelled extensively and has had work shown all over the world including London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin and Hong Kong.

Now based on the Mornington Peninsula, Carole drew inspiration from her mother while growing up in Wangaratta.

She was fascinated by her mother painting scenes on kerosene tins and using them as pot plants.

Carole excelled at art and drawing at school, but didn’t go straight into the art world.

She was in a corporate job until a friend suggested she sell some of her paintings.

“I decided to give it a go and I managed to sell my first painting. I’ve now been in the business for 40 years,” she said.

“Art is a pleasure for me and it doesn’t feel like work. I’m very lucky to have travelled to so many places with my work.

“I get to create a holiday and a job wherever I go.”

Carole refers to her style of painting as “rhythms of the land” and said she has a deep connection to the land when she creates her style of impressionism.

She originally painted in a realist style in oils, and then progressed through water colours and pastels to acrylics and sometimes mixed media. Her style is now more abstract and impressionist.

The arid zones of the Australian outback, which she has experienced first-hand during four-wheel-drive excursions and flyovers in small planes evoke the most emotion in her work.

“People will find my work is very vibrant with bold impressions, bright colours and some of it can be described as a bit wild,” she said.

The exhibition runs until October 2 at the Kyabram Town Hall.

It can be viewed from Monday to Saturday from 10am–4pm.

For more information, contact the town hall on 5852 1546 or visit www.kyabramtownhall.com.au

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