Artists strive to embellish work

Apples and Cloth by Tracey Sims.
Apples and Cloth by Tracey Sims.

AS a follow-up to their first joint exhibition, Embellishment, held on the Sunshine Coast in 2009, Tracey Sims and Susanne Barrett have combined their creative talents to bring Embellishment Too to Gympie Regional Gallery.

The reference to embellishment comes from their use of different forms of adornment in their paintings, whether it is texture, stencil, collage, gold leaf or even the choice of frame.

Being aware of their diverse styles, both artists have worked closely together to create an exhibition that is interesting and diverse but also coherent and exciting. Tracey and Susanne have been friends for the past 15 years and during that time, have embarked upon many artistic adventures, including trips overseas and holding workshops.  

Tracey was born in Toowoomba, where she painted as a child. She has always been drawn to painting florals and still life.

Tracey likes to experiment with texture and colour to create richly painted backgrounds and employs a trompe l’oeil style of painting in which perspective is used to add a realistic appearance to the work.

Tracey draws her inspiration from nature. She has published seven books on decorative painting and has facilitated numerous workshops in oil and acrylic.

Susanne Barrett was born in Sydney and moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1990. Her background as a science teacher explains her interest in the more analytical side of painting in terms of colour and design.

Her abstract paintings evolve intuitively. Her paintings have a brilliance of colour and spirit that captures the unique character of the Australian wilderness.

Embellishment Too opens at the Gympie Regional Gallery on Saturday, July 17 at 2pm and continues until August 7. Gympie Regional Gallery is situated at 39 Nash Street, Gympie with opening hours from Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

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