The vibrant creations of Lyndhurst artist Tracey Mackie will take centre stage in the Bert Whiteley Pavilion this year.
Tracey is the feature artist for the 2016 ANFD Rural Art Competition and Sale.
She will be showcasing a wide range of work, from pen and ink drawings on paper, to large mixed-media paintings on canvas.
Tracey’s work has also been transferred to cushion covers, tote bags, greeting cards, scarves and calendars.
This makes her art accessible for people who may not have a spare wall for a large canvas or a big art budget.
“I entered the field days’ Rural Art Competition for the first time last year, so I am really thrilled to be this year’s feature artist,” Tracey said.
“I’m packing up my studio and taking over plenty of artworks, both big and small.
“Plus there will be lots of cushion covers, tote bags, greeting cards and so on.”
A university-trained early childhood/primary teacher, Tracey’s career morphed into art as a way to spend more time at home with one of her children, who is on the autism spectrum.
Tracey grew up on a farm and has always lived in a rural area.
This heavily influences her paintings.
She loves to paint the animals especially that surround me.
Her “wonderfully relaxing hobby” now keeps her very busy.
She is creating artworks for customers through her international, online Redbubble store, plus Millthorpe store Galvanised (which has moved premises and recently reopened as Sweet and Unique).
She also has her own studio which is open to the public and located at 1 Ramsay Street in Lyndhurst.
As well as Tracey’s art, visitors to the Bert Whiteley Pavilion will be able to view and purchase a wide range of works from entrants in this year’s ANFD Rural Art Competition and Sale.
All entries will depict an agricultural entity or activity, and art lovers who visit the pavilion will be able to vote in the People’s Choice Awards.
Voting closes at noon on Saturday, October 22.
An official opening morning tea will be held at the pavilion from 9.30am on Thursday, October 20.