FEATURE ARTIST: Peter Jennings of Art Whitsunday with Katrina Hill’s award winning painting. Photo: Kathryn Cygan
FEATURE ARTIST: Peter Jennings of Art Whitsunday with Katrina Hill’s award winning painting. Photo: Kathryn Cygan

An award winning artist is on display

ART Whitsunday's have a new feature artist whose work will be on display over the coming weeks, including her artwork 'Human Image' which won first prize at the Whitsunday Regional Art Show this year.

Katrina Hill is originally from the Southern Highlands, and has a background as a freelance illustrator and animator for film and TV production; she has also had extensive study in the fine arts and currently managers Parkers Sydney Fine Art Supplies.

According to Peter Jennings, spokesperson for Art Whitsundays, Katrina Hill is an emergent artist based in Melbourne, and is entering one of her works for consideration in the Archibald Prize.

"You can only have your worked entered into the Archibald Prize if it's of a certain standard, and I believe she is of that standard," he said.

Having a well-known and experienced artist on display at Art Whitsunday is hoped to draw in more visitors and artists who would like to inspect and critique a successful artist's work.

"It's something we want to promote in the future," Peter said. "We'd like to have more guest artists featuring in our gallery.

"Hopefully this will create interest and encourage more visitors," he said.

Some of the awards Katrina Hill has received include first prize at th Whitsunday Regional Art Show 2015, the Jocelyn Maughan Sketch book prize in 2009 and the Oroton interior award in 1999.

From 1998 - 1999 Katrina studied Interior Design and Decoration at Sydney's Whitehouse School of Design, then later applied for a position at Walt Disney Animation Australia where she worked for two years on films such as Peter Pan 2 and The Jungle Book 2.

Katrina then relocated to Richmond, Victoria where she studied animation at the Victorian College of the Arts and graduated with a diploma in 2005.

From 2008 - 2010 Katrina studied painting at the National Art School in Sydney, where she currently manages Parkers Sydney Fine Art Supplies along with painting.

Katrina Hill's exhibition will be on display until December 9.

"There's always something new here at Art Whitsunday, we try to have new exhibitions every month, so it's always worth a visit," she said.

Art Whitsundays is located at Whitsunday Shopping Centre, opposite Target, and is free to the general public.


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