Eager artist enters art show for first time

July 7, 2022

Q & A with local artist Pauline Collins.

“Mission Arts Anniversary Awards Exhibition, sponsored by Mission Beach Community Bank (Bendigo Bank), is our annual community funding raising event. It opens Saturday August 6th, 2022 and will showcase work from many local & regional artists, including newcomer Pauline Collins. In a recent interview, Pauline was thrilled to enter her first art show and answer some questions for our readers.

Where are you from and how long have you been painting?

I was born and raised in Innisfail but living in Mission Beach for a few months now with my partner.  I started painted as I needed something to do, to fill in time and now I have fallen in love with painting.  I paint every day.  I started with drawing then came to ‘Art from the Heart’, a painting group at Mission Arts, with Sally Moroney as our teacher.  She is very special and has taught me so much.  

Tell me about your favourite medium. 

I liked impasto palette knife with acrylic paints but now also work with oils as these are best for blending. 

Where do you find inspiration?

Because I am a new painter, I look to the internet and get inspired.  I don’t copy artwork but interpret what I see.  I am inspired by specific colours and styles and incorporate these in my art.  The internet and ‘Art from the Heart’ painting group have certainly broadened my awareness and capabilities to grow as a painter.

Is art important to Mission Beach society?

Absolutely as art brings people together to create  and it is interesting to see how artists use paint, wood, pottery etc and turn these into a masterpiece. An example is the current “Upcycled exhibition”, where recycled materials, items of neglect are turned into items of mastery and beauty. There are so many talented artists living in Mission Beach and it is something the community is proud of.

How does Mission Beach give back to the community?

Mission Arts has enhanced the lives of many people especially beginner painters like myself.  In fact, I am encouraged to enter into my first art exhibition ever next month.  Mission Arts have wonderful workshops, volunteering opportunities, drama group, etc and many are free social events.  This contributes to the overall health, development, and well-being of our society.

Pauline Collins will exhibit in the upcoming “Mission Arts Anniversary Awards Exhibition”. Opening night, Saturday 6th August, is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/CAJIX. The exhibition will be on display from 10am-2pm daily through 13 September. For more information, contact Mission Arts on 4088 6116 (10am-2pm) or email info(at)missionarts.com.au.