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Champion artist looks to rocks for inspiration

PRIZE PAINTING: Helen Dennis (left) with her champion painting of the show. The painting won first place in 1501 Landscape sponsored by Sarah Blond and her team at Chinchilla Garden Centre.
PRIZE PAINTING: Helen Dennis (left) with her champion painting of the show. The painting won first place in 1501 Landscape sponsored by Sarah Blond and her team at Chinchilla Garden Centre. Contributed

CHINCHILLA'S Helen Dennis felt "humbled and privileged” when her piece of art, Lost City, was named champion artwork of the Chinchilla Show on Thursday night.

From the 87 artworks on display at the Chinchilla Show's That Night for Art opening night, it was Mrs Dennis' that caught the eye of judges.

"I was looking at all the beautiful works that were on display there and was absolutely amazed at the standard of work that's coming through Chinchilla at the moment,” Mrs Dennis said.

"I feel very privileged.”

Mrs Dennis drew her inspiration for Lost City from a rock formation she and her husband saw on their travels through Queensland.

"What I did was took a whole lot of pictures and put it together into my own composition and tried to capture the colours and textures of the rock formation,” she said.

"That's my constant thing is to take images that I see and then try to put my own interpretation on them.

"I think what I enjoy is the narrative behind what's going on.

"I'm a strong believer that if you create an artwork, (the audience) has their own story so they can produce a narrative as well that connects them to that artwork.”

With about 50 people in attendance, more than $1600 worth of prizes was handed out.

Regina Hyland won reserve champion painting of the show after winning champion two years running.

Kim Osburn took out the drawing first and second prizes for the second year running.

Kelly Farrah was successful in winning adult colouring-in for the second year running.

RESULTS:

1501 Landscape/Seascape

1st Helen Dennis

2nd Di McIntyre

1502 Still Life

1st Rosanne Steele

2nd Di McIntyre

1503 Portrait

1st Regina Hyland

2nd Alicia Streten

1504 Drawing

1st Kim Osburn

2nd Kim Osburn

1505 Adult Colouring-In

1st Kelly Farrah

2nd Kelly Farrah

1506 Chinchilla Expressionism

1st Helen Dennis

2nd Jodie Bacon

1507 High School

1st Poppy Tuohy

2nd Elizabeth Rummenie

1508 Artists with a Disability

1st Donna McIntyre

2nd Lucas Collis

Special Awards

Best Contemporary

Helen Dennis

105 Years of Colour

Jodie Coker

Best Local

Alicia Streten

Landscape Innovation

Kristen Flynn

Reserve Champion

Regina Hyland

Champion

Helen Dennis

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