Career back on course
CHRISTINE MARSH, of Goonellabah, was just a filly when she started doing a diploma in fine art at Newcastle TAFE in 1977.
Ms Marsh said after five years of study she failed the course because the examiners did not like her subject matter: Racehorses.
“I was also painting in a realistic style at a time when everyone else was painting in an abstract style,” she said.
Undeterred, Ms Marsh took the bit between her teeth again and enrolled in the same course, 31 years later, at Lismore TAFE.
And now she is on the home stretch. She is due to graduate at the end of the year.
Ms Marsh's first solo exhibition, It's Race Day, is on at the Richmond Hotel as part of the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup.
Ms Marsh is exhibiting 21 paintings depicting horses and outback race carnival scenes.
Born in the year of the horse, Ms Marsh has always loved horses and when she decided she wanted to paint, horses were a natural subject matter.
“I grew up around horses,” Ms Marsh said.
Her lecturers told her they had never attended an art exhibition in a hotel before.
“But it just felt right to have it at the Richmond,” she said.
Ms Marsh will be at the pub tomorrow.
The exhibition will finish on November 10 and all the works are for sale.