Show success gives art dabbler confidence to enter more work
TRACEY Jurkewicc was shaking when she found out she'd won the novice, any subject section of the Grafton Show art prizes.
"I was in Coffs when my girlfriend rang yesterday and I nearly cried," she said.
Her artwork of a green tree frog with a striking orange eye perched on a leaf was judged champion of the section to add to the first-placing.
Until this point, Ms Jurkewicc has only dabbled in art but this win has given her more confidence.
She is now planning to enter her work into more art competitions.
"It's given me the confidence that I didn't think I had," she said.
When describing how she was feeling now, Ms Jurkewicc said: "I'm still in shock, I think ... I will be for a while."
When Ms Jurkewicc isn't painting, she works with the Whiddon Group home care, going to clients' homes to clean the house and take them out, as well as giving the people she looks after a chance to be sociable.
At the show, she likes to look at art and cooking exhibits.
Her favourite piece this year was The Little Black Duck by J. Gosper.
Ms Jurkewicc entered another piece into the show this year, illustrating two kangaroos perched on their hind legs.