Self-taught painter’s creativity in full flower

Therese ColmanAugusta Margaret River Times

Margaret River artist Karin Luciano has been busy piecing together work for upcoming events including the Deep Listening Festival, Vasse Art Awards and Margaret River Region Open Studios.

The self-taught artist, known for her use of silver and gold leaf etched into her acrylic paintings, said she never had a defined outcome before beginning a piece.

“My paintings start as an uninhibited release of emotion, a sacred place where I focus and express myself freely,” she said.

“My practice has always been geared towards the process, the final outcome of my work is never completely visualised or imagined and begins its life as a colour combined with an emotion.”

Luciano will enter her newest painting featuring roses, which is yet to be named, into the VAA.

The eighth biennial exhibition will be held from April 14-21, with proceeds supporting the Vasse Primary School. More than 250 artworks and photographs submitted from across Australia will feature at the week-long exhibition, including work by well-known names such as Christian Fletcher, Kay Gibson, Mary-Lynne Stratton and Lauren Wilhelm.

Artists can vie for the top prize of $8000 and, for the first time, an outstanding piece of indigenous art will be recognised with a $2000 prize sponsored by event partners Vasse Development/Hanson Property and Bendigo Bank Busselton.

Since starting in 2004, the awards have raised more than $100,000 for Vasse Primary School.

Principal Sinan Kerimofski said the event began as a small fundraiser run by parent volunteers and had since grown to engage and inspire students, locals and visitors.

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