Amanda Wynn with her painting, Oz Ophelia.
Amanda Wynn with her painting, Oz Ophelia.

Ophelia inspires colourful entry

By Adrian Miller

Amanda Wynn was just too excited to sleep on Monday night.

And she had every reason to be thrilled, after she was nominated as a finalist in the Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting.

Only 42 people have been nominated for the $35,000 prize out of nearly 500 entries, and Mrs Wynn couldn't belive she was one of them.

"I can't tell you how over the moon I was when I was told," she said. "When I think of it, it's just amazing."

Mrs Wynn's painting, entitled Oz Ophelia, features a drowning Ophelia ? a character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet ? watched on by cattle and birds.

She said she was inspired after a typical walk around Junction Hill.

"As I was walking around one day I thought if Ophelia had to drown in Australia ... she'd have to drown in one of the bathtubs in the paddocks, so I've got her drowning in a bathtub in a paddock with Angus cattle and white egrets," she said.

Mrs Wynn said colour was an important feature of her oil on archers paper painting.

"I just wanted the colour to be vibrant, so I chose oil because it's such a strong medium," she said.

"The colour was what me going in the first place, it was just a fantastic image."



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