Seeds of Change a winner for Anna
ANNA JACKOWIAK-HOARE was so astonished when she won the Wetland Care Australia art prize she was almost speechless.
The Bonalbo woman, who describes herself as ‘an emerging artist’, never once seriously considered she would win the national art prize when she entered her lino print titled Seeds of Change in the competition.
“I was overwhelmed – absolutely astounded,” Ms Jackowiak-Hoare said of her win.
She had just returned from Canberra where she was presented with her $1200 cash prize.
“I didn’t expect to win at all. I thought there would be a lot of experienced artists entering the competition and I wouldn’t have a chance. I really only entered for the experience.”
Despite a life-long interest in art, Ms Jackowiak-Hoare has never received any formal art training and her ‘emergence’ as an artist comes after she enrolled in an evening community art class at Bonalbo Central School last year.
A keen environmentalist, Ms Jackowiak-Hoare is delighted her lino print will now be used to increase public awareness of the importance of the protection of wetlands.
Her other works will be on show at the Big Time Gallery at Drake until March 3.