Beverley Tainton's exhibition Connections will be on show at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery until Monday, March 23.
Beverley Tainton's exhibition Connections will be on show at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery until Monday, March 23. Valerie Horton

Exhibition in Hervey Bay pays homage to influential artists

WITH 40 years of experience under her belt, artist Beverley Tainton who has travelled around Australia holding exhibitions is for the first time exhibiting her works at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.

Ms Tainton took two long years to produce 43 pieces of acrylic paintings that are now displayed at the gallery in an exhibition titled Connections.

"I wish to give the viewer some insight into the feelings and emotions that underpin my paintings, connecting with my travel experiences, the Brisbane River bushland adjoining my studio and the influential artists like Olsen, Blackman whose careers have inspired me," she said.

Ms Tainton says she draws heavily on her imagination and thinks of her work as "art from the heart".

"I make my ideas, feelings and emotions visible, not simply reproducing things that are visible," she said.

One of Ms Tainton's favourite paintings at the exhibition is A Colourful Life which is based on her first serious art publication she purchased called The Art of Charles Blackmann by Thomas Shapcott.

"I was particularly inspired by his Schoolgirls and Angels and his Alice in Wonderland series and travelled to see the latter of these series when it was curated in Melbourne," she said.

"My connection with Blackman's art is very strong and led me to create A Colourful Life."

Zac Demmead gets some handy tips from exhibiting artist Beverley Tainton at the Little Skippers Club.
Zac Demmead gets some handy tips from exhibiting artist Beverley Tainton at the Little Skippers Club. Valerie Horton