Normally one to shy away from any form of self-promotion or media attention, local artist Kylie Findlay faces one of her biggest challenges to date; her first exhibition of original artworks.
Kylie’s exhibition of abstract paintings is part of a charity painting project called “Colour for Money” which hopes to raise valuable funds for an Australian Charity that builds orphanages for displaced children in Thailand.
“I’ve set myself a massive goal to raise $10,000 by the end of December, but rather than asking for donations or money from people, I’ve decided that the best way for me to raise the funds is to paint”, says Kylie.
When not painting in her converted Palm Beach garage on weekends, Kylie can be seen running on the numerous Gold Coast hinterland trails in preparation for an upcoming 50km trail running event.
“I get a lot of inspiration from the colours of the landscape, especially from running on the trails and training outdoors” explains Kylie. Yet it’s what Kylie creates behind closed doors that helps give her a sense of purpose.
“Working on this project has given me a reason to paint regularly again and even though it’s hard, I like seeing where it takes me”, Kylie explains. “So far it has been a lot easier than I anticipated. I just think of it as little tasks and do a bit each day and so far, I’m getting it done”.
Amongst the many friends and colleagues that have offered to help out with the project are Dust Temple’s owners John and Isla Wilson.
“It’s the perfect location and I hope that as many people will come not only to view my paintings but to be part of the vibrant artistic atmosphere that Dust Temple exudes. We’re lucky to have such a great creative precinct in our local community,” says Kylie.
Kylie’s first exhibition will no doubt be a culmination of many months of hard work and dedication yet she remains modest about her goal.
“I’ve had quite a lot of people purchase my paintings so far (online) but I still have quite a lot of painting to do. I’m not there yet.” However, Kylie remains focused and is encouraged by all the positive comments that are made on her Instagram page.
“The best comments I get are the ones where people see something in the painting that they recognise as their own memory. I love how my paintings connect with people in different ways.”
If you’d like to connect with Kylie in person, purchase some affordable original artwork (from $60) or just have a social night with friends and colleagues, then be sure to go along to Kylie’s exhibition on Saturday 1 October at 6.00pm at Dust Temple. Visit her Instagram or website for more.