Artist draws inspiration from music

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Artist Silvia Busetto with some of the works showing at the Heart during this weekend's Strings Attached festival.
Camera IconArtist Silvia Busetto with some of the works showing at the Heart during this weekend's Strings Attached festival.

While the inaugural Strings Attached WA guitar festival kicks off in venues across the region this weekend, a local artist will also be taking centrestage.

Italian-born Silvia Busetto moved to Margaret River in 2013 and became involved in the music festival in her capacity as an experienced artist.

“I consider myself incredibly lucky to be able to live and paint in this lovely part of the world,” she told the Times.

“Aside from the pristine nature surrounding us and the magnificent scenery, the region is bubbling with exciting cultural initiatives, some of which I have been actively involved in, others for which I have been an avid spectator, camera in hand, and these experiences have provided much inspiration for my painting.”

This weekend, Busetto’s painting and photography will share the limelight with high-profile, internationally recognised musicians flocking to Margaret River for the festival.

Busetto said she had snapped pictures of many local musicians as inspiration for her work.

“I figured this was as good a time as ever to showcase the results,” she said.

Busetto previously took part in the two most recent outings of Margaret River Region Open Studios, and her new exhibition at the Heart venue will be the first official art collection on show since redevelopment of the old cultural centre.

“When the organisers of the WA Guitar Festival put out a request earlier this year to local artists to get involved, I knew I had something special to offer,” Busetto said.

“I love photography and have spent the last 10 years or so, both in Italy and now here in Australia, photographing theatre performances, musicians and dancers, wherever I am lucky enough to see performing artists doing their thing. It doesn’t make me a cent, but it gives me great inspiration for my painting.”

“I get to study their movements and passion, their colourful costumes and the details of their instruments, then depict them in watercolour or oil,” the artist said.

Busetto told the Times her paintings were intended to capture the magic of live performance long after the memories faded.

Her exhibition runs today until Sunday at the Margaret River Heart gallery space.

To see more of Busetto’s work, visit www.shionart.it.

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