Wyrallah artist's landscape artwork lands top prize
DIANE Ingram eclipsed a field of more than 250 entries to take out this year's major Coraki Art Prize.
The Wyrallah artist won the $2000 Best in Show award with her work titled Because.
The work is one of many inspired by Ms Ingram's focus on landscapes.
"The picture actually came out of a life drawing. This is the way I see the landscape," she said.
"I like to drink in the landscape everywhere I go and it comes out at different times, when I least expect it.
"It tells me where to go and I tell it where to go and between the two of us we get there."
The Coraki Art Prize was first established in 1997 and committee president Melva Thompson said it continues to grow in popularity, this year attracting entries from afar afield as Brisbane.
This year the competition featured 250 works encompassing a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and sculpture.
Ms Thompson said that the exhibition staged at the weekend was so large that for the first time it had to be housed in two galleries.
Ms Thompson said the quality of the entries received for the 2015 event was exceptional
Ms Ingram said the worth and importance of public art competitions could not be underestimated.
"I think it is a good idea for people to get their art up on a wall," she said.
"Another reason is to give joy to someone else. As an artist you are having all the fun doing the painting, so let someone else have a look and see if it can bring some joy to them."