‘Bush girl' goes global

Heather Wehl and her painting that was on display in a New York art museum. The work was painted while she was in Italy.
Heather Wehl and her painting that was on display in a New York art museum. The work was painted while she was in Italy.

AN ARTIST from Emerald did a painting of a Tuscany landscape and it has been hung in a gallery in Soho, New York.

Heather Wehl has taken her love of watercolours and painting to new places and is sharing her passion around the world.

In October last year, Heather was part of a group of Australian artists who travelled to Italy to paint in the Chianti Hills of Tuscany, south of Florence.

“It was very picturesque and a beautiful landscape but was challenging and very different to paint because it was a different atmosphere,” she said.

“The history of the area is just amazing.”

The group stayed in a beautifully restored 12th century monastery, San Fedele, operated by Il Chiostro Inc, which runs art workshops across Italy.

In March, Il Chiostro Inc held an art exhibition, Sensual Italy, at the Broom St Gallery in Soho, New York combining works by artists who have attended these workshops from all over the world.

Heather’s work was one of 80 pieces included in the exhibition and was chosen out of 375 works submitted by international artists.

Three other Australian rural artists had their works chosen and Heather said it was an honour to be selected.

She said it was great to represent regional Queensland internationally.

“It’s a real buzz that four bush girls were sending their works over to Soho among international artists,” she said.

“It’s pretty exciting.”

Heather paints with watercolours and has studied commercial design at Queensland Institute of Technology.

She is also studying watercolours with internally acclaimed artists.

She said her passion was for Australian landscape, particularly the outback.

“I find inspiration from the rugged beauty of the harsh dry land, also the shimmering heat and dust, working in watercolours to capture the atmosphere,” she said.

Heather’s works can be also be viewed at The Waltzing Matilda Centre and the Australian Workers Heritage Centre.

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