Artist of the Year drops by for a chat

AN award-winning Sydney artist tells her grandchildren that if you can draw from life, you will never be bored.

Colina Grant, on the Border this week to visit her brother, dropped in to see members of the Buds Art Group at Thurgoona’s Community Centre Hall yesterday.

She shared some pointers and chatted about being awarded the 2014 Artist of the Year by the Combined Art Societies of Sydney.

It is the 10th time she has been awarded the title since 1999.

“My mum was a painter and my dad a photographer, so they both encouraged me,” she said.

“Drawing and painting has always kept me busy and amused.”

It can also lead to meeting important people, as Grant discovered when she was presented with her award recently by the Governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir.

“She was quite taken by my painting of the Murrumbidgee because that’s where she was born,” she said.

Grant is a figurative, still life, portrait and landscape painter in all media, especially pastel.

She began a career as a commercial artist after attending the National Art School in Sydney. In 2012 she was short-listed for the Moran Prize with her portrait of actor and singer Reg Livermore.

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