HELEN Goldsmith has spent many an hour sitting before her chosen scene and translating the setting onto paper but couldn’t believe the attention her artworks attracted at the Lillipilli Art and Craft Festival.
Of four entries, Mrs Goldsmith’s pieces were named number one in three categories – watercolour, pastel, drawing – and another was placed second in the miniature section.
It was her first time exhibiting in the annual festival and Mrs Goldsmith said it had proven way more fruitful than she ever expected.
“I couldn’t believe that the pieces were so well-received. I was told the judges didn’t realise they were done by the same person,” a delighted Mrs Goldsmith said.
“The piece I entered in the drawing category was done at the Jetty and I remember it was raining so I sat in the back of the car.
“I like to work on site and look at what I’m drawing.
"I find it easier when I can visualise a scene.
"It’s enjoyable to get in the car, pack lunch, grab a chair and go on a trip.
“I enjoy all mediums but I am known for my work with watercolours and I am a member of the Australian Water-colour Institute.”
Mrs Goldsmith moved to the Coffs Coast from Sydney 18 months ago but honeymooned in Sawtell and had holidayed here for 50 years.
She is involved with the Sawtell Art Group where she puts her teaching experience to good use and is also a fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW.
“I’d say 90% of my life is wrapped around art but I do enjoy tenpin bowling when I’m not busy drawing or teaching,” she said.