Wendy Sharpe says passion is vital

FORMER Archibald Prize winner Wendy Sharpe visited the Border at the weekend.

The international artist, who won the 1996 Archibald Prize, spoke about her entry into last year’s exhibition that is now on display at Albury Library Museum.

Sharpe was invited to speak at The Albury Club by Friends of the Art Gallery president Jacinta Mirams.

“While the gallery is closed for the redevelopment we are creating a variety of events,” Ms Mirams said.

“We want to increase our membership so when the doors to the gallery open (in mid-2015) there’s a lot of support.”

Sharpe’s shortlisted work in the exhibition Anything Goes depicts a burlesque performer named Venus Vamp.

“I want people to see I didn’t take any shortcuts,” Sharpe said.

“When you see a painting you can’t see or imagine where it came from.”

Sharpe said the process of creating an artwork is often hidden and she wanted to give the Border a taste of what it was like behind the scenes.

“It demystifies it and makes it more real,” she said.

She offered advice to aspiring artists as well and said the only way to succeed was to practise.

“I can certainly offer tips but the main thing is passion,” she said.

Ms Mirams said it was fantastic to have a high profile artist visiting Albury.

It would encourage more people to join the Friends group and hopefully attract high profile artists in the future.

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