From the Heart to the Ocean Award Winner

Natasha Waller

Old Beach, Tasmania

 

Artwork Title

Leafy Sea Dragon

Medium

Coloured pencil on black cotton rag in a blackwood frame

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“From the Heart to the Ocean”

I love being under the water capturing images of the magical world that exists under the ocean. I have now started drawing my underwater images to share with people who love the ocean as much as myself. And people who are not fortunate enough to venture under the sea can still enjoy the beauty through my artwork.

 

FROM OUR JUDGE, ANMARI Van Nieuwenhove
Natasha Waller’s drawing of a seahorse against a stark black background shone with technical precision and clarity and the time and effort spent on achieving such detail clearly demonstrated a love for the sea creature and its delicateness – which is captured excellently. A remarkable piece.

From the Heart to the Ocean Award Runner-up

Benita Vincent

Artwork Title

Design of the spotted handfish – Subtle Beauty

Medium

Fabric

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“From the Heart to the Ocean

My artwork is in the form of fabric design, and applied to a range of wearables. This specific design entry is from the fin of the endemic (to Tasmania) and endangered spotted handfish. I have a passion for diving and underwater photography, I want to share the beauty of the underwater world to others that can’t see what I see, in a way that connects people to the ocean – so they can feel what I feel, and develop a greater appreciation for ocean life. In Tasmania, educating people about the plight of the spotted handfish is important for protecting and improving the habitat for this species.

 

FROM OUR JUDGE, ANMARI Van Nieuwenhove
Betina Vincent’s fabric which used the Tasmanian spotted handfish as inspiration shows an appreciation for the many patterns and designs found underwater and was truly an original piece – one many would be glad to wear.

From the Heart to the Ocean Award Third Place

Vanessa Richardson

Artwork Title

Heat Run

Medium

Graphite pencil on paper

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“From the Heart to the Ocean

Artist Statement

A crucial component of my creative process is gathering knowledge and understanding about the subject. Detailed wildlife studies aim to stimulate conversation about the species while the interpretation of the story lines often resonate with the viewer creating a shared experience. 
With an obsession to capture intricate detail, personal encounters have provided opportunities to observe movement, body structures and personalities. Through seeking nature- based experiences, the creative process is enriched by a deeper understanding of the vulnerability of a species, their behavioural interactions, and connections. 

My Tongan adventure was motivated by a desire to step out of my comfort zone rather than artistic pursuits. 

For years, I had allowed ‘life’s circumstances’ to suppress my existence into the lowest form of self-esteem. Tonga was an opportunity to escape, to take time out. I needed to immerse myself in a completely different world, an altered reality surrounded by absolutely ‘nothing’ familiar. I needed change, a challenge and I needed calm.

Heat Run explores the relationship between the creative process and recognising the intertwining parallels of chaos that consumed my life at the time. This journey became a pathway to shifting perspective, breaking down trauma and positive self-talk. The healing began when the ocean calmed my chaos.

 

FROM OUR JUDGE, ANMARI Van Nieuwenhove.

A close third, Vanessa Richardson’s beautiful, dreamlike depiction of a humpback whale heatrun truly creates in the viewer’s mind an idea of whales as gentle, floating creatures and for that it is very admired.

From the Heart to the Ocean Award Highly Commended

Adriana van Leeuwen

Artwork Title

Love at first sight

Medium

Coloured pencil and pastels on paper

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“From the Heart to the Ocean

The blue-ringed octopus, an animal feared and despised by many on land, has a special place in my heart. This artwork expresses my deep love for the ocean and its inhabitants. The connection between a human and a deadly, but peaceful and incredibly smart animal. Love drives out fear. 
This beautiful octopus isn’t the danger we should fear. We should rather fear the humans who destroy our ocean and its wildlife.

FROM OUR JUDGE, ANMARI Van Nieuwenhove
Adriana Vanleeuwen’s drawing of a blue-ringed octopus and diver evokes man’s close relationship with the sea, as both observer, admirer and friend. The detail on the octopus is absolutely stunning.