Josie’s quality art is the viewer’s choice

COLOURFUL: "Evening Glow" by Josie Burgess. The piece was awarded Viewer's Choice as part of the SALA exhibition.

COLOURFUL: "Evening Glow" by Josie Burgess. The piece was awarded Viewer's Choice as part of the SALA exhibition.

Local artist Josie Burgess has captured the true essence of Fitzgerald Bay after converting a photo taken of the beach into a stunning piece of art called “Evening Glow”.

Her painting, put on display as part of the Whyalla Art Group’s SALA Exhibition, proved popular among the attendees – picking up the Viewer’s Choice Award.

The group were recently challenged to recreate photos taken by the Whyalla Photography Group as pieces of art, which were then used in the exhibit.

Ms Burgess decided to paint a slice of the original photo to fit her long canvas.

“Rather than do the entire photo I decided to slice a piece out of the middle and that’s how the art came to be,” she said.

Artists were given free reign to interpret the photos in any way they wished, but Ms Burgess decided to stay true to the details of the original photo.

“I’m a fairly realistic painter, I’m not an abstract painter. So I picked out what piece of the painting I wanted, sometimes I think doing a particular slice of the photo makes it more interesting,” Mr Burgess said.

“I was happy to do that, it was certainly something I wouldn’t have chosen to do otherwise. They captured the beautiful sunset, so the colours were already there.”

Ms Burgess enjoyed the task of creating a painting based on an image someone else had captured.

“I think it was a really successful exhibition because it was something different and we were out of our comfort zone,” she said.