GOOSEBERRY Hill 80-year-old Georgia Efford is proving it is never too late to start exhibiting with a collection of her works on display for the first time at Zig Zag Gallery.
The two-week exhibition begins April 28 to May 13 and also features four other women displaying works based on the theme In and Around the Home.
There will also be an opportunity to meet Efford, Shirley Winstanley, Willemina Foeken, Mary Cowell and Irene Osborne at 2pm on opening day.
“Throughout my life I’ve had great opportunities to paint whenever I travelled,” Efford said.
“Over 60 years most of my work has been landscapes, portraits, historic interiors often in India, South East Asia, Scandinavia, Africa, Turkey, Greece and the Kimberley.
“Investigating and enjoying other cultures has always motivated me since being a lecturer in art history at Curtin University until the mid 1970’s.
“What is new to me now is to exhibit my paintings through public galleries.”
The other four artists range from the professionally trained to the self-taught.
“Winstanley is a most successful artist with a joyous approach to colour,” Efford said.
“She has learned by first-hand experience, whereas Foeken has a solid academic training which gives her paintings a rich tonal quality supported by structural design.
“Cowell enjoys the beauty of each flower she paints and the natural colours of the Australian landscape.
“Osborne’s art education allows her to tackle complex compositions with great verve.
“She works with large scale murals, three dimensional forms and clear observation in her paintings.”
Efford’s own works are inspired by her garden, objet d’art collection and family members.
“I want to bring together elements of nature with man made things,” she said.
“It is the interconnected spirit that fascinates me.
“Still life paintings can hint at other than physical relationships.”
The Zig Zag Cultural Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm and weekends and public holidays, 10am to 4pm.
By Claire Ottaviano